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Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area

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Address: Henderson Bay, Olympia, WA
Activities: Birdwatching

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Gorgeous place for easy hike in woods & see water views!

The woods & water view at the end are spectacular! Tall old-growth pines & lots of shade on fairly easy trail (no huge hills) or can take a gravel road. Tons of ferns, plants... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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Rockville, Maryland
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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The woods & water view at the end are spectacular! Tall old-growth pines & lots of shade on fairly easy trail (no huge hills) or can take a gravel road. Tons of ferns, plants, birds, berries. A bench for a view part-way (shady), then you come out at a point of land w/ bathrooms & picnic tables. View of the... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Definitely out of the way even for Olympia but it is a lovely place for a picnic and relaxation. As any beach on the Sound it is a bit cold but one can swim if one can take the cold.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

It's a wonderful experience with an amazing amount of wildlife plus a good place to go for a fun filled day of walking

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Olympia, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

no dogs and no bicycles, but sign did not stop everybody though. Its a fairly level and wide gravel roadway in and out so IT'S KID FRIENDLY. but it may challenge some older adults a bit (lol)

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Spectacular spot for watching bats emerge from the abandoned railway trestle at dusk for their nightly feeding during the summer. Enjoy the quiet trail through moist dark woods at dusk, too.

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Lacey, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Newly opened after a fantastic renovation, this area is perfect for anyone interested in nature, history or just plain peace and quiet beauty. The entire hike is no more than 2 miles round trip with a mile loop into the woods. When you arrive down at the water, you can explore in almost every direction. They have done a great... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The hike is well worth the views you get if the sound. We rarely run into anyone when we head out there during the week. It is very serene. Love the sound of all the birds.

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Humboldt, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I always love coming out here. The trails aren't maintained very well but that's what makes it so much better. The views are great and sometimes you can catch different types of wildlife in the area.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Just a 10 minute drive from downtown Olympia, Woodard Bay is an amazing getaway if you want to enjoy nature's wonders in a quiet setting. This Natural Resource Conservation Area, managed by the WA Dept. of Natural Resources, is essentially the state equivalent of a wildlife refuge and is intended for very low impact human use such as wildlife viewing,... More 

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Olympia, Wa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2011

The loop trail at Woodard Bay is really, really beautiful. It's not more than about a mile and a half and there's not really any major elevation changes. After you finish the loop, you can walk out to the water and enjoy the scenery - usually, you can see and hear the seals out on the log boom!

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Address: Henderson Bay, Olympia, WA
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Olympia

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