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“Breathtaking walk minutes from town.”

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 come in handy to spot woodpeckers you may be hearing. Once you reach the water to the left you will see an old pier still standing in the bay, there you could see dozens of Cormorants and Great Blue Herons. To the right of that pier is several floating piers with harbor seals hanging out. If you do an about face and head down the trail to past the restrooms, you will reach another lookout. Lookout over the water to the left, this is where the parking lot would be. In the top of the tall tree is a nest and often you will see an Osprey or Bald Eagle, depending on the time of year.

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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.

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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 you see a lot of the old pilings where the trains would be above the water to dump the logs into the bay to be made into log booms and then towed north. That part is great, but wait there is more!

Between September and March you can take the other trail into the Great Blue Heron rookery. The best time to view the nests are when there are no leaves in the trees. So try to hit it December to February. The nests are about 50 feet above the ground and must be close to 4 foot across. There are so many that it made me feel like I was in a Doctor Seuss book.

Thank Thomas I
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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.

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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 awesome.

Thank Jane S
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