This 60-mile loop tour covering rural Thurston County promotes the agricultural aspects of our region including farms, farmers markets, and businesses sourcing from local farms. The route starts in the Nisqually Valley, stretches south to the city of Yelm and west to the Capitol 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 20 suggested agricultural, ecological and cultural stops along the Bountiful Byway.
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The experiences along the Byway are endless, but we're especially fond of the Hunter Family Farm, one of the largest pumpkin patch and Christmas Tree farms in the area (and don't forget to pet the super cute farm animals!). You can spend the entire afternoon in Tenino when you stop for lunchtime eats and drinks and a bit of antique shopping. Be sure to visit the Tenino Depot Museum, the Tenino Stone Carvers Shed, and the Quarry Pool for a deep dive into the history of this pioneering town. Head west across I-5 and stock up on Hive 5 Bees honey (you can pour your own!), wander through the beautiful gardens at the Lael Moon Nursery, and explore the other-worldly landforms of the Puget prairie grasslands at the Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve.