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Tolmie State Park, Olympia

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Tolmie State Park is a 105acre Washington state park on Nisqually Beach on Puget Sound located 8mi northeast of Olympia. The park includes of saltwater beachfront at the mouth of a creek known as Big Slough as well as forest lands, a saltwater marsh, and an underwater park with artificial reef for scuba diving.
Park activities include hiking on three miles of trails, boating, swimming, scuba diving, fishing, crabbing, and birdwatching. With our international travel planner, Olympia attractions like Tolmie State Park can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Serene and beautiful. So much wonderful wildlife to view. We saw rabbits and raccoons, a mother duck with several babies, as well as saw soaring eagles. Very well maintained and clean. Definitely... 
    Serene and beautiful. So much wonderful wildlife to view. We saw rabbits and raccoons, a mother duck with several babies, as well as saw soaring eagles. Very well maintained and clean. Definitely...  more »
  • The park is separated into three major parts, the upper area, lower beach and lower trails. The upper area is mostly for parking. There is a short trail to the lower area’s beach, or you can walk... 
    The park is separated into three major parts, the upper area, lower beach and lower trails. The upper area is mostly for parking. There is a short trail to the lower area’s beach, or you can walk...  more »
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  • Nice park. Not very handicap friendly though. It was low tide when we went. Wear rain or mud boots. It is pretty wet and muddy. Be cautious of wildlife. They are very strict about that. It is a small trail not much walking to do. Perfect for the family. Sand is great for the low tide days, the kids can play in it. Dog friendly but animals must be on a leash. Never went to the bathroom so cannot say if they were clean or not. A wedding was happening in the rooms you can rent there. Very nice. Again not much though but if you need a short but bumpy walk, want to get out for a few and want to walk the beach at low tide, this is the perfect place.
  • First time there to hike in well over a decade. I just adopted the new friend in the images. My advice for this park is bring water, rubber boots and munchies. Except for the more hardy one of you, this is a 3.5 out of 5 hike. It can get intense in places. There's signs around to read that can provide a needed break. Be sure to drink as well as breathe at those signs. It can be really muddy up there. Tennis shoes are NOT recommended. Water proof hiking or rubber boots are the best options. The paths are narrow in places so clean up after your pet because there's not much room as it is. The beach is awesome! Low or high tide, each has its own draw. Sitting there watching the sail boats, the birds and the people enjoying themselves just makes our day!

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