Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Nisqually Wildlife Refuge is an easy, 4 mile hike with minimal elevation gain.

on the trail

The Refuge has approximately 5 miles of walking trails. The one-mile Twin Barns Loop Trail is a fully accessible boardwalk trail with access to the observation platform. The Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail begins one mile from the Visitor Center and the Boardwalk is one mile long. So a round trip walk from the Visitor Center to the end of the Boardwalk and back is 4 miles.Please stay on the trails. The Refuge presents many wonderful opportunities for photographers. Observation platforms along the trail provide countless possibilities to capture that perfect moment.


  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the default party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 4.0 mi
  • USGS Nisqually

Upcoming Activities

Stewardship - Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Youth & Stewardship Trip
Help staff The Mountaineers education table at the annual Nisqually Watershed Festival, a great connection
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Sep 29, 2018
No Prerequisites
2 participants
Registration closes Sep 27
Olympia Branch
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