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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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Great natural resource

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
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Lacey, Washington
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Lacey, Washington
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93 reviews 93 reviews
42 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Olympia, Washington
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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