“The heart of the Nisqually trails, this trail is enjoyable alone or as a connection with others.”
— Emily Roeben
Birding · Wildlife
The refuge office is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. The office is closed on all Federal holidays. The trails are open everyday for wildlife viewing and nature photography from sunrise to sunset. Please note that all pets, including dogs, are not allowed at the refuge. All activities on a wildlife refuge must be wildlife-dependent, so jogging, bicycling, ball sports and similar activities are, like dogs, not allowed.
No jogging or trail running allowed, as it is disturbing to wildlife.
This boardwalk tours visitors through marsh, grassland and boarwalk, as well as freshwater marshes. A highlight is the Twin Barns observation platform, where visitors can stop and enjoy their surroundings, before looping back to the visitor center or connecting to the larger trail network, connecting the Riparian Forest Overlook, the Nisqually River Overlook and the Estuary Trail. Check tide charts before your visit, as you'll see more birds within two hours of high tide.
There is a daily fee is $3.00 per four adults. According to the official website, an Interagency Annual Pass (old Golden Eagle), Senior Pass (old Golden Age), or Access Passport, Federal Duck Stamp, or an Annual Refuge Pass will admit the pass holder and 3 additional adults (over age 16). Children 16 and under enter free. Each of these passes is available for purchase at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Administration Office and Visitor Center.
Visit the park's official website
for more information.
Flora & Fauna
National Wildlife Refuge, birds, protected area.