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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 100 Brown Farm Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516-2302
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Wed - Sun 09:00 - 16:00
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Located on the Nisqually River Delta in Southern Puget Sound, this refuge...

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 birds.

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Great place for a quick hike with some great bird watching

Right from the twin barn to the board walk, it is a great place to spend few hours. Right of the I-5, you need either a national parks pass or $2-3 dollars to experience the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Olympia, Washington
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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Right from the twin barn to the board walk, it is a great place to spend few hours. Right of the I-5, you need either a national parks pass or $2-3 dollars to experience the refuge.

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Rockville, Maryland
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

No running allowed at this location for some reason. Paid 3 bucks before sign restricting running encountered

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Thank Marc D
Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It is a nice quiet beautiful place to take the family. We've seen Bald Eagles resting on the rocks in the river.

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We visited Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Lots of walkers there Sunday morning with their families. Walks can be short or long. Lots of scenery and a variety of birds to see. It's been a while since I'd been here and I'm glad I was able to come back. It's great!

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Thank ada11s
Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We come every month to walk with our friends and learn about the local wildlife. Rain or shine it is always a joy and adventure.

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Thank Ramona L
Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This Preserve has wonderful walking path on the Nisqually Delta; many birds feeding in the rich delta waters.

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Ontario, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful area and pleasant walk. Love the fact there was a wooden walkway so we could venture out and enjoy the scenery.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on a Wednesday which is the reserves dedicated day for birdwatchers. There were many helpful regulars who were happy to point out birds and other wildlife. From this vantage point in the Puget Sound were able to get great views of both the Olympic Mountains and Mt. Ranier. Check the website before going. I believe they are only... More 

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Thank WestSideGal
Olympia, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, now renamed the Bill Frank Nature Preserve offers a beautiful walk on a well groomed path and boardwalks. A wooden walkway goes approximately a half mile out into the Delta, where you can observe eagles nesting, great blue herons etc. Well worth the visit.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spring is the absolute best season to visit. Also the Big Leaf Maple color change is beautiful in the Fall. Usually you'll have the refuge to yourself and find much more solitude in the early morning and around sunset. Weekends can be very, very crowded. Seemingly the critters don't like crowds either. I have found their presence to be far... More 

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