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Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area

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Olympia's tidewater treasure

Woodard Bay used to be a toxic Weyerhaeuser mill site, and eventually ended up in the hands of... read more

Reviewed July 14, 2018
Historical Log Dump and Booming Area

Northern treminal of Logging Railroad (Chehalis Western) that came from Bald Hills SW of Yelm. The... read more

Reviewed June 25, 2018
Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed July 14, 2018

Woodard Bay used to be a toxic Weyerhaeuser mill site, and eventually ended up in the hands of Washington's DNR. The mess has been cleaned up, the forest has recolonized the site, and it is now one of the outstanding natural areas of the Olympia...More

Thank meinoly
Reviewed June 25, 2018

Northern treminal of Logging Railroad (Chehalis Western) that came from Bald Hills SW of Yelm. The railroad grade is now a bike and hiking trail. Only a small part of the dock remains. Log booms were made up here and towed to Weyerhaeuser Mills in...More

Thank Klahane
Reviewed January 22, 2018

A nice walk on a winters day, shared by our local family member while we were visiting. Would love to spend some time here in warmer weather!!

Thank hilite
Reviewed October 31, 2017

Quiet, beautiful and diverse. Good forest as well as waterfront. Great historic elements along with great natural setting. Only issue for some is the fact dogs are not welcome.

Thank Phranc68
Reviewed October 1, 2017

There is a bit of a walk from the parking area to the end of the road where you can walk out into the bay. Great place to see sea birds and other wildlife.. The walk is through a typical Washington forest - maples, ceder,...More

Thank Philip W
Reviewed June 8, 2017 via mobile

We had a great time walking through this park. It was warm, but walking beneath the thick canopy made a huge difference in temperature. It has a well maintained path through the trees and wasn't difficult to hike through.

1  Thank Shawna B
Reviewed May 30, 2017

Very relaxing couple of mile forested loop out and back to the logging terminal that operated up until the 1980s. The railhead pier is still partially preserved, as are a number of the pilings where seals, herons etc take the place of the rafts of...More

1  Thank Daniel F
Reviewed March 29, 2017 via mobile

It wasn't easy down and back Trail. You have the option of taking a dirt trail that is heavily wooded or you can walk the paved trail.

Thank David R
Reviewed January 14, 2017

The sign in the parking lot had a map and brief description of the area and trails. I hiked the 1.5 mile forest loop trail that consist of boardwalks, stairs, and ground. It is well maintained. Looking out at the Puget Sound from the Woodard...More

Thank Doug H
Reviewed January 11, 2017

This has to be one of the best short walks in the south sound region. There is a small parking lot for vehicles. There is a spot to launch kayaks which is open seasonally and a covered area for parking your bike since they are...More

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July 17, 2016|
Response from Resi M | Reviewed this property |
There is no charge but a discover pass is required for your vehicle. You can buy a day pass for $10 or $30 for a yearly pass. You will need to get that ahead of time as there is no pay booth at the entrance.