Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Tour
ElevationAscent: 26' 8 m
Descent: -25' -8 m
High: 16' 5 m
Low: 7' 2 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)
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“Tour the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge with this classic loop of trails.”— Emily Roeben
Open daily for wildlife viewing and nature photography from sunrise to sunset. The office is open M-F, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, and closed on all Federal holidays.
The last 700 feet of the boardwalk is closed seasonally from early October through late January during the waterfowl hunting season.
Bring sunscreen, bug spray, a camera, and binoculars. If interested in birding, bring a field guide to help identify all the varieties you see.
After a half mile, visitors transition from the dike to the Nisqually Estuary Trail & Boardwalk, where they will be treated to incredible views of the waterway and, on clear days, Mt. Rainier. There is a viewing tower and various blinds long the boardwalk that are perfect resting spots and display information engaging for visitors of all ages. The boardwalk ends at the Puget Sound Viewing Platform. Note that the last 700 feet of boardwalk is closed seasonally from early October through late January during the waterfowl hunting season.
Returning to the Twin Barns Loop Trail, be sure to visit the Nisqually River Overlook and the Riparian Forest Overlook for additional wildlife viewing opportunities.
Please be aware that the Refuge is not a park, and therefore pets, games, or sports are not allowed due to their disruption of wildlife. Please visit fully prepared to go slow and take in all of the information about this unique ecosystem.
Visit the official website for more information.
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