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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
pnwhikes > Puget Sound > Olympia
The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge has two well maintained loops (the 5.5 mile Brown Farm Dike Trail and the 1 mile Twin Barns Loop Trail) that offer breathtaking views of marshes, saltwater tidal mudflats, creeks, rivers and more than 20,000 migratory birds. This 2,818 acre wildlife refuge is a former farm and now serves as one of Washington's largest undisturbed estuaries. The refuge houses many species of birds such as Mallards, Teal, Widgeon, Canada Geese, Oldsquaw, Rhinoceros Auklets, Red-tailed hawks, Great Blue Herron and Peregrine Falcon. A pair of nesting eagles have made there home on the refuge and have been raising one or two young a year there. A Great-horned Owl nest is in the attic of the north barn and they can often be spotted in the cottonwood trees. The trails are open during daylight hours and are wheelchair accessible. No pets allowed and a small day use fee is required at the trailhead (please support their efforts.)
Type Length Difficulty Rating Gain
Wildlife 5.5 mi 1 / 5 7.5 / 10 0 ft

User Groups
Hikers

Accessibility
Year round

Permits
Day use fee is required to park, payable at trailhead

Maps
USGS: Nisqually
 
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Driving Directions:
From Seattle, S on I-5 to exit 114. Right on Brown Farm Road to trailhead.
Contact Information:
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
100 Brown Farm Road
Olympia, Wa 98516
Tel: 360.753.9467
Fax: 360.534.9302
http://www.fws.gov/Nisqually/

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge trailhead A pond in front of the visitors center McAllister Creek running along the south end of the refuge A bridge leading to one of many photo blinds for excellent wildlife observation The wildlife refuge with it's historic barns in the distance Low tide on Puget Sound A field of wildflowers Brilliant green hues of a marsh An observation deck located near the twin barns Riparian Forest Overlook
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