Explore the most popular walking trails near Olympia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We love to walk this with the kids, it’s an easy walk. Relaxing, but very busy when it’s nice outside. There are restrooms on both sides of the loop, and a water fountain. The area is flat, with one area off to the side where you can go up an elevated walkway towards the capital. When we walk this, we usually do sprints up this to get our heart rate up.

Easy little walk with my baby in her carrier. There were definitely a lot of people there but it was nice scenery.

walking
2 days ago

Really nice walk with the dog today. We enjoyed the sound of the rain in the trees and watching the mists weaving through. A few walkers only.

hiking
4 days ago

Nice easy hike in the woods.

hiking
7 days ago

What a gorgeous trail tucked away in Olympia! It was lush and rich. The bridges and staircases were visually appealing and we were able to pop down onto the beach for a stroll there before finishing the loop. We loved the carved bears hiding here and there and also the wonderful views of the Capitol building across the water.

Really nice paved trail to an awesome photo spot. Took the Salamander trail back which was packed dirt and beautiful as well. Runs right back to the parking lot. Noway to get lost.

walking
15 days ago

Part of the Olympia experience. Always a nice walk.

I really enjoyed doing this trail definitely empty your bladders before heading out and there is a portable potty out the as well as facilities to use the restroom. so much beauty surrounding you

walking
17 days ago

A perfect day for my little one to experience his first little nature hike.

Good nature walk for children

Mostly uphill but absolutely beautiful. Took the whole family including a 7yr old. They enjoyed the hike and didn’t feel it was too steep. It was clear some maintenance has been done on the trail to insure safety. For people who spend money on the discovery fees, feel good about the money being used properly here.

Our favorite trail. We try to visit at least once a month. There are a lot of bridges and the trails are well kept

Love this little hike in Olympia

Great quick trail when you’re short on time and need to get the dogs out. The small lake is nice to let the dogs play in but only before it becomes a mud hole. Lots of encounters with dogs without leashes which I don’t mind because the people and dogs have always been friendly. The trail isn’t too heavily trafficked in the mornings or afternoon. I prefer to go when there are less people.

Quiet, lovely trail and an old growth grove at the highest elev.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was a little under maintained and required crawling under a tree or two, though wasn't an issue for me or my two young kids. I only wish that we didn't have smoke from far away wildfires to contend with because the views would have been amazing.

Nice park however there were several suspicious individuals which made the beautiful trip awkward and a bit scary. We saw a beautiful girl walking in and then turned around because she was by herself.

walking
1 month ago

The longer loop is a little rocky but overall it's a nice walk. There are a lot of grasshoppers so watch your step and try not to smoosh them! Also, ladies don't wear a v-neck! I had two hit me on the lower chest area and they might have gotten in my shirt if it had been lower cut. Wish there wasn't a gun range close by, you can absolutely hear the rounds going off.

Love it here! Go early to avoid loud families that scare off the wildlife.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice walk for kids and the short walk is ADA accessible. Very easy for families, but not for people looking for a good work out. We didn't hear any gunshots, thankfully, as others have. Interesting natural site.

walking
1 month ago

Nice trail with beautiful photo op.

walking
1 month ago

Initially set out to run this, but the pathway is narrow in many places and it was fairly busy. Beautiful Cove… All of the trees are covered with moss and leaves, making the forest look even more alive. Love the little bears in the trees too… Super cute addition to this Cove.

I left the forest and walked about a half mile on the beach… It is all rocks, no sand but it was still a beautiful scenery.

trail running
1 month ago

Really a great park with some beautiful scenery. Perfect day, lightly trafficked but everyone was friendly. The water in the lake filthy I’m not sure if it always does during this time of year but that is the only real negative. I will definitely do this again. As a side trail, I ran up this winding Hill to the police memorial… That added an extra challenge to this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy not for those with a sensitive bladder.no real sign that says trail over here.But tons of photo op gems.

Great trail with amazing fall view. Only 0.5 miles, so it’s a busy trail with lots of people taking this.

Came from the Chehalis Western Trail and crossed the bridge to get to this one . Very nice and lots to see .

Always have a wonderful walk here .

Awesome trail for kids and family. Easygoing trail.

Went with my friend and we took our pups, lots of loops to explore, loved it.

Hiked this with my 2 year old granddaughter. (There are a lot of stairs) Cute wooden bears up high in the trees and beautiful scenery ❤️

Lots of photo opportunities! Gorgeous views and a nice Visitor Center/ Gift shop

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