The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (aka BFJNNWR) is a beautiful place to visit in the South Sound. The refuge is located where the Nisqually River and Medicine Creek meet the Puget Sound. Over the years, there has been a lot of work has been done to restore the land to it’s natural state like removing dikes.
There are a lot of trails and things to see at the refuge. There are grasslands, wetlands, and beautiful forests to walk through. The park also has a long boardwalk that stretches out over the tidal lands. The Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail is 1.5 miles long. This is a great hike during a high or low tide. Bring your binoculars because there are lots of things to see. We saw gulls, blue herons, and a river otter.
This would be a great place to go year round. Just be aware that the last 700 feet of the boardwalk is closed during the winter for duck hunters.