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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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+1 360-753-9467

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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Beautiful nice relaxing area to visit and enjoy the peaceful quietness. Enjoyed the long nice walk all the way out to the bridge. The only thing is you have to go to the bathroom... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Jaslyn D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful nice relaxing area to visit and enjoy the peaceful quietness. Enjoyed the long nice walk all the way out to the bridge. The only thing is you have to go to the bathroom first before getting on the trails because it's a long round trip walk.

Thank Jaslyn D
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nisqually refuge is a magical place to walk. No cars, no dogs. Lots of birds and other wildlife. I have been walking at the refuge for 40 years. Returning it to an estuary and adding the long boardwalk was a wonderful plan. I have been watching the changes over the years. Views of Mt Rainier over the delta are special.... More 

Thank LivinHi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been here a couple of times and it is a wonderful way to spend 90 minutes. We've caught it in the off season (bird wise) so there wasn't much to see if you are a birder. And he visitor center has been closed both times so i can't comment on it. The walk is the focus here. If the... More 

Thank abearfellow
Tacoma, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am a second grade teacher who had the opportunity to take my class to the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. I'm glad we went. We spent half the day on the trails with a volunteer guide who had the patience to explain to my kids what they were looking at. The other half of the day was spent inside the Education... More 

Thank County-Hunter
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a great place for a short or a long 5 mile walk, every season offers a different experience as its beauty and the wildlife is forever shifting,

Thank HC777
Olympia, Washington
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

This is a beautiful place to take a stroll. Everytime I go there I have a great time. The views are spectacular.

Thank Gladys H
Olynpia Wa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Nice level walk with wooden paths. Lots of wildlife. I think it even is ok for wheelchairs. Would be nice place for picnic they have tables.

Thank pbert123
Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

I have been visiting the refuge for years and it continues to be a great way to get some exercise,and look for wildlife, the trails and boardwalks are level answer easy to walk, there are restrooms at the visitor center

Thank tim H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

What a pleasure to exit the I-5 insanity and within minutes enter this amazing wildlife sanctuary. The Visitor's Center is a delight, with plenty of exhibits and resources to enjoy. The refuge is a wonderous habitat of deep woods, a rushing river, marshes and saltwater flats. Thousands of migrating birds congregate here during the year and it's remarkable to be... More 

Thank Melissa L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

This is a spot that I could visit again and again! If you pay attention to the tides and visit at a variety of water levels you will have different viewing opportunities. At high tide we saw seals in addition to the abundant bird life. It is a level, easy walk and with the way the paths are looped you... More 

Thank Kimberly T

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