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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

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America the Beautiful - National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass
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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

Nisqually walk is just enough distance for exercise and relaxation. Tide in or tide out gives variety. Eagle, geese, duck, owls, deer, heron, all regularly seen.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank britt s
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful, peaceful...lots of birds, frogs croaking, easy and level walking. Can’t wait to go back! We walked for over two hours.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank SandKTacoma
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We love this area! My family regularly walks down here, especially during the season changes. The long walk out on the pier is fantastic. A good day trip for sure!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank lorielm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I go quite often to see what wildlife is out and about. We take our cameras and try to capture some of the beauty of nature. They provide enough benches to rest when needed. The wooden trail is easy to walk and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank SandraW252
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The interpretive center explains all the natural systems at work in the refuge -- the flow of water, the rain, the winds, the flora and the fauna that thrive there. It also explains how Native Americans interacted with the area, making use of the resources...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Pepi25_11
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 February 12, 2019 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
Thank Passenger648601
Reviewed February 12, 2019

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 February 12, 2019

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 February 4, 2019 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
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Doxagirl
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
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Doxagirl
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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Randy B
March 19, 2018|
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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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