Photos courtesy of Experience Olympia & Beyond
Thurston County is steeped in those rich emerald greens and steely blues so indicative of the Pacific Northwest and the evergreen state. It’s a landscape that clearly says, “You Are in the PNW”. But these ubiquitous scenes are also unique to our little corner of the state. Not only do visitors and locals get to enjoy iconic evergreen views, but they do so with the additional benefits that can only be found in Thurston County: Olympia’s waterfront and rambling boardwalks dotted with outdoor public art, Lacey’s contingent of family-friendly community parks and lakes, Tumwater’s canopy of leafy trees sheltering historic, riverfront trails, and certainly the Chehalis-Western Trail and the Yelm-Rainier-Tenino Trail—each delivering miles upon miles of walkable, bikeable pathways.
Thurston County is home to a wealth of oases like these, and what’s more, most of them are pretty darned close to some incredible locally-sourced food, shopping, arts and culture, and very important—local beer, wine, cider, mead and spirits. While getting outdoors is super heart-healthy and absolutely some of the best food for the soul you’re going to find, but don’t forget to lay plans to feed your tummy afterward—100%, it’s just as important!
Grab your family, your best friend, or your compadres from the office and make plans to head out and explore! If you’re local—make a full day of it. If you’re visiting from out of town, make a week of it! Thurston County has so many outdoor locales that will help you work up an appetite, you won’t have to give calories a second thought once you’re ready to plop down in your seat at the establishment of your choice at the end of the day!
Download your Tread Map app (it’s FREE and available for download at experienceolympia.com), click on the ^ located in the bottom right-hand corner of the map until a target icon displays above it. Click this and a blue dot will appear on the map showing your precise location. Scroll through the map to see all the trailheads and other outdoor locations to choose from and away you go! (The app is still in development, but folks can start using it at no charge all the same.) As you enjoy your outing OR after your outing when you’re savoring that killer burger and pint, be sure to use the app again (just click the + sign at the bottom of the app) to post to Tread Talk. Let folks know about your experience on the trail and what restaurant, brewery, distillery, or winery you visited afterward, that was close-by.
Here’s to happy days, good health, and the simple things in life. We’ll be looking for you out on the trail OR the booth next to us afterward—Happy Trails!