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
  • Red Marker
    47.072551, -122.712944
    47.072550883 -122.712943554
  • Red Marker
    47.093370, -122.724445
    47.0933700425 -122.724444868

Upcoming Activities

Field Trip 2 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course - Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Exploring Nature Field trip: Introduction to the Natural World Course
Birding - Practice using binoculars and birding books over 2-3 hours during peak birding time.
Difficulty: Easy
Thu, May 24, 2018
No Prerequisites
10 participants
Registration opens Apr 15
Seattle Branch
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