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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

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Located on the Nisqually River Delta in Southern Puget Sound, this refuge consists of three thousand acres of salt and freshwater marshes, grasslands and mixed forest habitats that provide a resting and nesting area for a wide variety of migratory...more
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100 Brown Farm Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516-2302
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Do you like to hike? Do you like variety? Do you like walks that are flat? If so, this place, which many of us, myself included until recently, passed by and thought of going there "some day." Now, after decades, I have. This is a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a great spot to get out into nature at anytime during the year. Popular place for birders. We have come across a tree trunk full of baby raccoons. Fabulous place to walk. Well groomed paths & I feel safe. There is a day...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Carolyn G
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a great place to take a long walk. Easy to get to from I-5. Easy to park. Dress for the weather and in layers as you will be walking in shade and sun depending on the length of walk you take. What wildlife...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank white4217
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here after some sporting events in Tacoma. I never knew the nice visitor center and long boardwalk out into the Nisqually flats existed! I was looking to get out and stretch our legs. The visitor center had a room full of paintings by...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sarabeara
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been here several times before, in multiple seasons. Fall is an awesome time. Lots of people take photos for graduation/maternity shots. I have seen bald eagles here a couple of times, last time there were two who were really close!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jennette A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Refuge is easy to reach, just a bit off I-5, north of Olympia. It is on the flyway between Canada and points south, and always has great birds and waterfowl to view. Their website is a bit clumsy, but if you want to know...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank David P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to take a leisure or brisk walk amongst the beautiful scenic views...plenty of places to sit and rest if need be...definitely a great place for photo taking especially of the bald eagles!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

8th grade end of the year trip. The needed to identify types of birds and trees on a couple of miles of trail walk. The day was actually nice and my son got to pick his group, so he picked his friends and I have...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

Lots of birds, relaxing atmosphere. Beautiful fall day, A few reader boards and an informative pamphlet help with educating about the place. A nice boardwalk to walk on. Views of the meadows, wetlands, forest, waterfowl, birds, river, etc.. gives you a quiet place in nature...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank grcguest
Reviewed November 3, 2018

Long boardwalked nature trails, an estuary that has been revived, and interesting animals and birds. I've seen baby owls, and beavers.

Date of experience: December 2017
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September 2, 2018|
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Response from Bill C | Reviewed this property |
To my knowledge, the trails are open every day, the visitor's center does not have to be open for you to walk the trails. I do know the visitor's center is only open from Wed thru Sunday
September 2, 2018|
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Response from Kausar786 | Reviewed this property |
You can meat in the reserve ground about .5 mile or less walking on the trail close to the historical barn. However you may not light up the grill. I am not certain but you may ask at the reserve office. There are about 4... More
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March 19, 2018|
Response from MariaT3 | Reviewed this property |
Daily fee is $3.00 per four adults. An Interagency Annual Pass (old Golden Eagle), Senior Pass (old Golden Age), or Access Passport, Federal Duck Stamp, or an Annual Refuge Pass will admit the pass holder and 3 additional... More
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Simone C
South Australia, Australia
Trail walks/hikes around Dupont, Tacoma etc. to do solo? (3 Replies)
I'll be staying around DuPont for a short time and am looking to do some trail walking/hiking in the surrounding area on one of the days. I was thinking of visiting Point Defiance Park as it is not too far. Just wondering about safety. From what I can gather I'm sure i'd be fine but I keep coming across posts that state that Tacoma has a high crime rate? Would these park trails be okay for a solo female? Here at home I wouldn't hesitate at all to go walking/hiking on trails by myself, the...More
May 20, 2017|
Response fromglaciermeadows|
Your chances of a bear encounter are about as good as running into a Koala one the trail. Even in our National Parks your chances are slim. Since I spent so little time in Tacoma I will let others comment. You should be just fine in Port Defiance and also at Nisqually. To bad you are not visiting any of our National Parks.