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Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area

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Address: Henderson Bay, Olympia, WA

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Good walk with pavement and dirt trails

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.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
David R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed 1 February 2017

This is a wonderful 1.5 mile walk through a beautiful enchanted forest leading to a great view of the bay. There is a shorter flat walk along a paved route, but the forested route is a big part of the visit. The end point at the bay offers a pleasant place to relax. Bring the binoculars and watch the seals/sea... More 

Thank p0pcycle
Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed 15 January 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 Bay peninsula was my highlight. It was very peaceful. Numerous waterfowl and a couple harbor... More 

Thank Doug H
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Reviewed 11 January 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 not allowed on trail. You are sure to spot birds on your hike, binoculars would... More 

Thank MCPOOlympia
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 12 December 2016

We love walking here, there is a trail to the water, or you can take the direct route. One big warning: thieves have also discovered Woodard Bay, and cars are being broken into.

Thank HC777
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56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Woodard bay is only about 8 minutes from downtown Olympia, but is out of this world. It use to be a logging railway terminus and is now a walk-in park on Puget Sound. The main part of the park is an easy walk but takes about 5 minutes with beautiful trees, birds and animals. When you get to the water... More 

Thank Thomas I
Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

What a peaceful and beautiful place, very relaxing. You have to walk in to get to the beach area, about 10 minute walk with some hills, not too taxing. From the shoreline you can hear the seals barking out in the bay. Great swimming area. Picnic tables are available. Outhouses are available at the beach area. NO DOGS ALLOWED.

Thank krchavez
Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

Where else can you find living history from the once roaring railroad and logging era, the water's edge for viewing harbor seals and cormorants, a hike amongst mighty trees and on one of the best maintained paths anywhere, an eagle sitting on a nest at the peak of a dead tree, a place to picnic in the tamed wild. Totally... More 

Thank Jane S
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Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

My friend told me about the bats underneath the train tracks so we came down before sunset to watch them. Then a full moon came up and cast its glow across the water. It was beautiful. We came back another time for lunch and it was so peaceful. There's is lots to explore and see.

Thank Resi M
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4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 26 April 2016

We love hiking here. The main trail is an easy walk and just long enough. Beautiful woods and nice views of the bay at the end. There is a paved service road you can walk on if you have limited mobility and/or strollers to push. FYI, there is a bathroom at the bay end of the trail.

Thank CaliforniaReviewr

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