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Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area

#12 of 56 things to do in Olympia Features Animals
Henderson Bay, Olympia, WA
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So many trees!

We had a great time walking through this park. It was warm, but walking beneath the thick canopy... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2017
Shawna B
West Melbourne, Florida
via mobile
Seals, Herons and Bald Eagles . . . but very few people

Very relaxing couple of mile forested loop out and back to the logging terminal that operated up... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2017
Daniel F
Antrim, United Kingdom
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Henderson Bay, Olympia, WA
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Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

We had a great time walking through this park. It was warm, but walking beneath the thick canopy made a huge difference in temperature. It has a well maintained path through the trees and wasn't difficult to hike through.

1  Thank Shawna B
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Very relaxing couple of mile forested loop out and back to the logging terminal that operated up until the 1980s. The railhead pier is still partially preserved, as are a number of the pilings where seals, herons etc take the place of the rafts of...More

1  Thank Daniel F
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

It wasn't easy down and back Trail. You have the option of taking a dirt trail that is heavily wooded or you can walk the paved trail.

Thank David R
Reviewed 2 February 2017

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...More

1  Thank p0pcycle
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...More

Thank Doug H
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...More

1  Thank MCPOOlympia
Reviewed 12 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.

1  Thank HC777
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...More

Thank Thomas I
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....More

1  Thank krchavez
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...More

Thank Jane S
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18 July 2016|
Response from Resi M | Reviewed this property |
There is no charge but a discover pass is required for your vehicle. You can buy a day pass for $10 or $30 for a yearly pass. You will need to get that ahead of time as there is no pay booth at the entrance.