Olympia, WA Trails and Parks

Olympia has 24 trails in the vicinity, including 6 for road biking and 5 for campgrounds. These trails range from 3.7 to 66.2 miles in length. The most popular trails are Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Chehalis Western and Woodard Bay Trails and Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trail. Trails.com member Chuck S. recently completed Salmon Creek.
  • Chehalis Western Trail (Woodard Bay Trail)View Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Olympia, WA

    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    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, ...

  • Middle Waddell LoopView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Olympia, WA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  26.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The challenges of this ride make it a rewarding outing for the advanced rider. Along with the clay and mud, you also ride on hard-packed trail ...

  • Nisqually River Delta / McAlister CreekView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Olympia, WA

    • Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing  
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    The Nisqually Delta, one of the richest wildlife habitats in Puget Sound, is protected as the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. McAlister Creek ...

  • Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Olympia, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  Day hike
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is a treasury of birds and wildlife at any time of the year, but children will especially love this hike ...

  • Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife RefugeView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Olympia, WA

    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  4.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Far from its glacial source on the southern side of Mount Rainier, the Nisqually River empties into Puget Sound in a broad delta. Once a working ...

  • Larch MountainView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Olympia, WA

    • Trail Running  
    •  2 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    This route takes a logging road to the summit. There is rarely traffic on the road. You can forget about the worries of motor bike encounters ...

  • Capitol PeakView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Olympia, WA

    • Trail Running  
    •  2.5 hours
    •  9.4 miles
    •  Guide

    On a clear day you can see from the ocean to the mountains, including Mount Olympus, Mount Baker, Mount Rainier, and Mount Adams. The sweeping ...

  • Rock Candy MountainView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Olympia, WA

    • Trail Running  
    •  5.5 hours
    •  18.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Rock Candy Mountain, the northernmost of the three highest peaks in the Black Hills, has the best views of saltwater inlets at the southern end ...

  • Olympia-Rochester-RainierView Trail Details

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    Olympia, WA

    • Road Biking  
    •  66.2 miles
    •  Guide

    From the state’s capitol, head south for a delightful, not too hilly Thurston County exploration. Along the way, pedal past the lower flanks ...

  • Woodland TrailView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Olympia, WA

    • Rail-Trails  
    •  4-5 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Commuters move between the cities of Olympia and Lacey along a former Burlington Northern corridor now known as the Woodland Trail. Connection ...

  • Wallace Falls Railway TrailView Trail Details

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    Olympia, WA

    • Rail-Trails  
    •  2.5- 3 hours
    •  3.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Located in the Cascade foothills near the town of Gold Bar, the Wallace Falls Railway Trail (Railroad Grade) climbs 2.5 miles to meet a separate, ...

  • Chehalis Western TrailView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Olympia, WA

    • Rail-Trails  
    •  2 days
    •  21.1 miles
    •  Guide

    The Chehalis Western Trail follows the route of a Weyer haeuser Timber Co. railroad by the same name that carried millions of logs out of Washington ...

  • Butterflies and Blossoms: Prairie Appreciation Days at Mima MoundsView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Olympia, WA

    • Nature Trips  
    •  A few hours
    •  Guide

    Butterflies and wildflowers—look for one, you’ll find the other. On the Prairie Appreciation Day’s guided nature walks, look for the nearly twenty ...

  • Millersylvania State ParkView Trail Details

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    Olympia, WA

    • Campgrounds  
    •  Guide

    It is hard to believe that this 842-acre park, which features 3,300 feet of frontage on Deep Lake, was acquired for a total cost of $251. The ...

  • Middle WaddellView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Olympia, WA

    • Campgrounds  
    •  Guide

    Primarily for off-road drivers, there is easy access to the Capitol State Forest’s 89 miles of motorized trail. If the noise of motorcycles does ...

  • Margaret McKennyView Trail Details

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    Olympia, WA

    • Campgrounds  
    •  Guide

    Close to the Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve, this primitive, forested campground sits on the bank of Waddell Creek in Capitol State Forest. ...

  • Fall CreekView Trail Details

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    Olympia, WA

    • Campgrounds  
    •  Guide

    This is a nice, small, primitive campground on Fall Creek in the Black Hills southwest of Olympia, popular among local equestrian groups. It ...

  • Brown CreekView Trail Details

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    Olympia, WA

    • Campgrounds  
    •  Guide

    Brown Creek Campground encompasses 6 acres within Olympic National Forest and is located along the shore of the South Fork Skokomish River at ...

  • South SoundView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Olympia, WA

    • Sea Kayaking  
    •  1 - 3 days
    •  Guide

    Southern Puget Sound offers outstanding paddling experiences year round. Long, placid inlets provide habitat for many varieties of birds; harbour ...

  • Chehalis Western and Woodard Bay TrailsView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Olympia, WA

    • Road Biking  
    •  28.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The Olympia area has much to offer touring cyclists. The small city and navigable suburbs are surrounded by tremendous natural beauty, from the ...

  • Wolf Haven CruiseView Trail Details

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    Olympia, WA

    • Road Biking  
    •  37.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Bicycling rural Thurston County can be sheer pleasure: riding on winding roads through evergreen forests that are so quiet you hear the gurgling ...

  • Chehalis Western TrailView Trail Details

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    Olympia, WA

    • Hiking  
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    This peaceful trail takes you from the Woodard Bay Natural Resource Conservation Area near Puget Sound, through a commercial district near I-5 ...

  • Salmon CreekView Trail Details

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    Olympia, WA

    •  20.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Here’s another one of the region’s best greenway trails, a 3.2-mile paved path following the meandering lower Salmon Creek. As an outand-back, ...

  • Fort Vancouver and Burnt Bridge Creek GreenwayView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Olympia, WA

    •  23.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Mindless sprawl? A refuge of sanity from the liberal crazies across the river? It depends on your perspective, of course, but most will agree ...