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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

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“bird watching”(21 reviews)
“high tide”(20 reviews)
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 4 days ago via mobile

3 highlights: -Great variety of wildlife (birds & mammals) -easy hiking trails -it’s a worthwhile activity no matter the season

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank r4mbler
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful area. I walk the entire boardwalk and it was a very long walk but well worth it and I'm glad I did

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

beautiful easy walk, a little tough for parking on weekends sometimes. Can be a little cold with the wind but otherwise pretty easy walk.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank brucewhittle
Reviewed 1 week ago

There's something different at Nisqually every time you go. It's never the same trip, but it's always beautiful. Kid and Stroller friendly too which is a huge plus.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kristy K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to this peaceful location. It was a good start to our stay in the area as it provided some insight into local geography. We saw some waterfowl. We didn’t explore the hiking trails as one member of our group had some...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank KansanLisa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice hike to the water to see the birds, hopefully otters, beavers etc. We always try and take our out of town company there. They have all seemed to enjoy it. Don't be in a hurry and allow time to enjoy.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank treadingon
Reviewed January 15, 2019

Very enchanting and peaceful. The long walk along the wood decking is amazing! I loved seeing the wildlife.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed January 15, 2019

Safe place to work. Great photo opportunities. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Not a place for joggers, Great place for bird watching. Great place for families of all ages.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bevierae
Reviewed January 14, 2019

This refuge has lots of birds. The walking paths are clean and nice boardwalks and clean restrooms. We saw lots of Wood Ducks, Mallards, Songs birds, Sea Gulls, Pelicans, Several Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles & Turkey Vultures, etc. Nice viewing areas. Would visit this...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank luv2travelkelly
Reviewed January 7, 2019 via mobile

This is a truly beautiful experience to walk out over the incoming or outgoing tide. You feel so embedded with the tidal experience by being able to walk out on a completely elevated walkway, very even, no elevation walk over the tide flats of the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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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.