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Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area

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Address: Henderson Bay, Olympia, WA

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Great walk in the woods

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Olympia, Washington
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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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 

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Olympia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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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Thank HC777
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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 

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank Jane S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

Really kept up nicely, clean with tables and rest rooms. The water is clear, it's quiet and good for the nature buff.

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