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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 100 Brown Farm Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516-2302
Phone Number: +1 360-753-9467
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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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Nice walk

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Olympia, Washington
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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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

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Thank tim H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Lacey, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is an inexpensive way to spend an after noon. The hike around the loop is short, only 1 mile in length, with several scenic resting spots and short spurs. The boardwalk is easily traversed with a stroller, though young walking children may become tired by the time you reach the picnic area by the barns.... More 

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Thank KrysTamar
Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful easy walk. If you want a longer walk over the marsh or a stroll through the trees it is easy safe boardwalk. Well maintain, lots of birds, frogs and some deer. My grandchildren and I had a great time,

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Thank 427pauletten
Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Billy Frank Jr Nisqually is a fun little walk. It's very level and is a good trail for kids and less sure-footed folks. The boardwalk is wide. I've done it many times at various times of the year. Good year-round. Also good to see when the tide is high or low.

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Thank Bill M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

It's a beautiful place and very peaceful. Great for the whole family and friends. I had a wonderful time and I would go back again.

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Thank Islandgrl524
Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

A perfect place to spend an afternoon! The trails and boardwalks are well-maintained and are just right to take the kids (any age, in my opinion). Also great by yourself, just be sure to bring a camera!

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Thank Mike H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This place is absolutely stunning and a true hidden gem in the lower Puget Sound area. No dogs are allowed in order to protect the wildlife and keep the peace, but it sure makes for a wonderful walk and birdwatching. Some of the path is boardwalk through wetlands, while some is gravel, and remaining is bridged above the tidal flats.... More 

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Yelm, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The trails are well maintained with stopping points showing maps of where you are and what is located around you. Plenty of historical markers explaining how and why the surrounding area was developed into a farming community during the beginning.

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