Is life running at a higher speed than you’re comfortable with? Have you forgotten what a rose smells like? Maybe it’s time to take refuge from the daily grind and escape for a bit.
The Nisqually Wildlife Refuge is located just off Interstate 5 at exit 114 and I can guarantee this will be a visit you will cherish and most definitely add to your list of local favorite places. Established in 1974, the Refuge offers protection to the wildlife of the Nisqually River Delta. One of the larger populations inhabiting the estuary is the migratory bird. “Over 200 species of bird visit the Refuge over the course of a year.” I never thought I would enjoy bird watching but I must say that until you have tried it, don’t rule it out. It can be rather fascinating and also add a “treasure hunt” feel to your visit if you bring along a bird watching book and a pair of binoculars.
It’s not just for the birds, though. The Nisqually River borders the Refuge on the east and McAllister Creek borders on the west nearly ensuring you will spot fish, amphibians, reptiles and other mammals during your visit as well. Newts, frogs, beavers and the endangered Coho salmon are just a few of the Refuge’s inhabitants.
Throughout the Refuge there are many well maintained trails. You can walk for a short while or for hours depending on the length of time you wish to spend in this glorious retreat. The trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset but the gates will close after hours. If you’re up for a longer walk, there is a wooden boardwalk extending out to the northern tip of the estuary allowing you to take in amazing views of the Sound.
Next time you’re needing an escape but are limited on time or distance, find some refuge at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge.