Get your heart pumping with a quick run, explore a forest that feels a world away from the city or take the kids for a stroll—all on trails in the Olympia region. Award winning author and outdoors writer Craig Romano dishes on the best beaches, shorelines, old-growth forests, wetlands, riverfronts, vistas, prairies and historic sites. As the author of the recently released guidebook, Urban Trails: Olympia, Craig introduces locals and visitors alike to the walking paths and surprising wilderness opportunities.
Best Hikes for Little Legs: As the father of a three-year-old boy, Romano has experience when it comes to hiking with littles in tow, “Tumwater Falls is a great option for bringing kids along. It’s short, easy, there’s steps, bridges, a paved trail, gardens, lots of water, a big picnic area and it’s close to the city.” Another can’t miss option is the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, “there’s a board walk, nature center and lots of wildlife for kids to see.” Those looking for a beach to stroll along with the kiddos, “head to Tolmie State Park, there’s a beach, bridges, plenty of hiking and a picnic area for snacks and lunch.”