It’s officially September and autumn is right around the corner. Fall in the South Sound is breath taking, bringing refreshing and mild temperatures, and stunning colors as the foliage changes and leaves begin to fall. This is the perfect time to get out and take a nature walk to experience the beauty of the region. Continue reading to learn about 3 easy South Sound hiking trails you can explore.
South Sound Hiking Trails
- Huff ‘N’ Puff Trail. Don’t let the name of this trail fool you! Located in Shelton, it encompasses 3 short loops adding up to less than a mile. The flat terrain offers chances to enjoy Thurston County’s wildlife as you stroll along. You can find this beautiful trail at: 3600 Shelton Springs Road, across from Shelton High.
- William Ives Trail. Located in Lacey, this easy and mostly flat trail feels like you’re walking through the forest while you’re still within the city. The total hike is about 2.5 miles and doesn’t require any specials passes or permits to enjoy. With benches along the path, take a seat and enjoy the beauty and peace of this little slice of Thurston County. Want to see it for yourself? Find it at Willamette and Campus Glan Drive, and parking is available in the Meridian Neighborhood Park
- Ellis Cove. Situated in Olympia’s Priest Point Park off East Bay Drive Northeast, this 2.5 mile walk in Thurston County is the most challenging of the 3, but worth the every step. Enjoy the vibrant colors of fall as you wander through the trees and along the beach line of Budd Inlet.
Have you visited any of the trails above or have you hiked anywhere else not listed here? Share your experience with me in the comments below! Now, get out there and enjoy the stunning Pacific Northwest!
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