Local trails and parks to help enjoy summer

The Nisqually Refuge

The Nisqually Refuge is a National Natural Landmark. There are 275 migrating bird species that visit the refuge. It is also home to several species of trout and salmon, along with a variety of other wildlife. Visitors are allowed in the Refuge daily from sunrise to sunset, and the visitor information center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m Wednesday to Sunday. Entrance is $4 per day for up to four adults. Children under 16 get in free.

Chehalis Western Trail

The Chehalis Western Trail formerly served as the Chehalis Western Railroad from 1926 into the 1980s. The 48-mile trail system connects with the 14.5-mile Yelm-Tenino Trail. Along the trail are 177 acres of park land, and the trail provides access to the Deschutes River, Puget Sound, and Chambers Lake. An additional 5.3 miles have been newly added to the North End of the trail from Martin Way to Woodward Bay. The trail crosses the Yelm Highway Pedestrian Overpass. The trailhead at 67th Ave. provides trail information. Parking facilities are available at the Chambers Lake Boat Launch, 67th Ave., and Fir Tree Road.

Garfield Nature Trail

Douglas Firs, Alder Trees, and Cedar Trees can be seen along the Garfield Nature Trail. The trail is .33 miles in West Olympia. Benches are provided for walkers along the trail. Running along a creek, the trail at some points has views of the Budd Inlet. The trail overlook is located at the intersection of Percival Street and Madison Avenue.

Burfoot Park

Fifty acres of land make up Burfoot Park in Olympia adjunct to Budd Inlet. A main shelter, forest shelter, and meadow shelter are available by reservation. The main shelter can hold up to 40 people. Each shelter is equipped with a barbecue grill. Trails and beachfront are easily accessible for visitors. The park is also equipped with a playground and a garden.

Tolmie State Park

Tolmie State Park covers 105 acres of land on the Puget Sound. It features an underwater park built for scuba divers. Many wildlife species frequent the area including osprey, owls, eagles, herons, hawks, many types of fish, as well as coyotes, deer, elk, chipmunks, and rabbits. Many species of trees and other plants forest the area near the beach, and trails go through the park. Parks hours are from 8 a.m. to dusk.