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Nisqually Estuary Trail & Boardwalk

Easy/Intermediate
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Delightful on every visit with an array of birds and wildlife, a must-do for all ages!


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1.7

Miles

2.8

KM

Point to Point

16' 5 m

High

7' 2 m

Low

8' 2 m

Up

10' 3 m

Down

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Avg Grade (0°)

2%

Max Grade (1°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildlife

The Refuge trails are open everyday for wildlife viewing and nature photography from sunrise to sunset. The office is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The office is closed on all Federal holidays. Call the Refuge for specific questions regarding holidays.

No running allowed

Need to Know

NOTE - The last 700 feet of the boardwalk is closed seasonally from early October through late January during the waterfowl hunting season.

Description

Starting near the Nisqually River Overlook, travel along an earthen, gravel-trail dike, with the salt water estuary in the north and freshwater wetlands to the south. After a half mile, visitors transition from the dike to the elevated boardwalk, where they will be treated to incredible views of the waterway and, on clear days, Mt. Rainier. There is a viewing tower and blinds long the boardwalk that are perfect resting spots and are engaging for visitors of all ages. The boardwalk ends at the Puget Sound Viewing Platform.

Be sure to bring binoculars, sunscreen, bug spray and extra layers, as it can be chilly out over the water. You'll also want to make sure that you won't need to use any bathroom facilities as the last restrooms are located at Two Barns.

Visit the park's official website for more information.

Flora & Fauna

National Wildlife Refuge. LOTS of birds.

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Photos

Looking east from the boardwalk.
Aug 1, 2016 near DuPont, WA
Overlooking McAllister Creek. You can see the boardwalk/trail on the right.
Apr 28, 2019 near Tanglew…, WA
Nisqually Delta, Washington
Feb 20, 2020 near DuPont, WA
Mt. Rainier from the boardwalk.
Aug 1, 2016 near DuPont, WA
Forest boardwalk.
Aug 9, 2016 near DuPont, WA

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