On March 18th, 2014 the Thurston County Board of Commissioners officially designated the Thurston Bountiful Byway—a scenic route in the heart of Thurston County's most picturesque rural and agricultural lands. On Monday, October 13, County Commissioner Sandra Romero and the AgTourism Committee members launced the opening of the Byway and celebrated the new directional signs placed along the route. The Byway is a scenic route that promotes agricultural tourism, or agritourism, in the rural parts of Thurston County. The route starts in the Nisqually Valley, stretches south to the city of Yelm and on to the commuites of Rainier, Tenino, Bucda, Grand Mound, Rochester, and Litlerock. It continues west to the Capital Forest before ending at the intersection of Mud Bay Road and Delphi Road SW. Along the way you can explore dozens of special stops and activities including creameries, nurseries, wineries, sculpture gardens, and historic sites. There are more than 90 suggested agricultural, ecological and cultural stops along the Bountiful Byway. Plan now to explore the Byway and stay overnight to experience it all. The route was developed in cooperation with several community partners including local farmers and business owners, the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau, Thurston County WSU Extension, the Thurston Regional Planning Council, Thurston Economic Development Council and other organizations. For a list of the Farms along the Thurston Bountiful Byway and in South Thurston County click here. This website is a work in progress...stay tuned as we continue to grow and develop the Byway and add new attractions.