Chehalis Western Trail Woodard Bay Trail

Olympia, Washington

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This peaceful trail hides you from a commercial district near I–5, just a few miles from the state capitol in Olympia. It passes beside homes, then farms and ponds, finally reaching the Woodard Bay Conservation Area near Puget Sound. Horses are accommodated with a separate path for most of the way, sometimes through the woods. The sights and sounds of ponds, pastures, forest, birds, ducks, and cows make this a delightful trail, well designed for all users. Surface: Asphalt with a dirt horse trail (separated for much of the distance). Location: Olympia, in Thurston County.
Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon

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Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon

by Mia Barbera (The Globe Pequot Press)

This peaceful trail hides you from a commercial district near I–5, just a few miles from the state capitol in Olympia. It passes beside homes, then farms and ponds, finally reaching the Woodard Bay Conservation Area near Puget Sound. Horses are accommodated with a separate path for most of the way, sometimes through the woods.

The sights and sounds of ponds, pastures, forest, birds, ducks, and cows make this a delightful trail, well designed for all users. Surface: Asphalt with a dirt horse trail (separated for much of the distance). Location: Olympia, in Thurston County.

©  Mia Barbera/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Olympia
Distance: 5.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Surface:
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Open year-round
Additional Use: Skating
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Driving Directions: Directions to Chehalis Western Trail (Woodard Bay Trail)

Recent Trail Reviews

6/5/2006
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This trail description is way out of date. There are now 27 miles managed by Thurston county and anothe 7 or 8 manged by State Dept of Natural Resources. All miles are paved and a very nice mix of urban and very rural settings. If you are into Geocaching, there are many caches hidden along the trail. (see www.geocaching.com)


3/1/2002
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My son and I have enjoyed this trail for 3 years, since he was learning to bike at the age of five. Like a typical rail-trail this is extreamly flat. If you have a mountain bike you will enjoy the equestrain trail that runs to the side of this paved trail. It has a few inclines give you a change of pace. Yes, watch for the roads that cross this trail expecially if you have kids. The roads carry little traffic but watch out to be safe!



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Apr 2018