Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve, Olympia

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Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve is a state-protected Natural Area in southwest Washington state, United States. The preserve includes some of the Washington mima mounds, the origin of which still is not fully understood. The site comprises 637 acres (258 ha) of Garry oak woodland, oak savanna, and prairie grasslands. Several state and federal endangered species of butterfly depending on the unique prairie conditions can be found in the preserve, including Mardon skipper, zerene fritillary, Puget blue and Taylor's checkerspot.
In 1966, the mima mounds were designated a National Natural Landmark.
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  • Lived in WA all my life and have been wanting to go see the Mimas. Finally did. We did do this in the Winter so not as pretty as in the spring or summer I am guessing BUT glad I went. Something to go....  more
    Lived in WA all my life and have been wanting to go see the Mimas. Finally did. We did do this in the Winter so not as pretty as in the spring or summer I am guessing BUT glad I went. Something to go....  more »
  • We hit the Mima Mounds for a short early morning hike. We arrived at the site about 8 am. Because it was early, it was not yet hot although it was a sunny day. We had the mounds all to ourselves... 
    We hit the Mima Mounds for a short early morning hike. We arrived at the site about 8 am. Because it was early, it was not yet hot although it was a sunny day. We had the mounds all to ourselves...  more »
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  • A really cool natural phenomenon that was interesting to visit and learn about BUT if you're going to enjoy a peaceful walk in nature you will be highly disappointed. Whole viewing these great vistas your ears will ring with gunshots from the neighbors next door. It was a constant and annoying soundtrack to an otherwise beautiful location!
  • The scenery is always beautiful! It is especially beautiful in the summer! There are a few different trails to walk on of different lengths. I enjoy them all.

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