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Glacial Heritage Preserve

Olympic Peninsula

Location

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia
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Rating

3.00 out of 5

 
 
Trail closed: With the exception of Thurston County Parks sponsored events the park is currently closed to public use.
 
 

Open to the public just one day a year, this preserve is located among the Mima Mounds near Littlerock. It provides a peek into the Puget Prairie ecosystem that greeted settlers who came here in the 1800’s. Thurston County Parks Department owns this small parcel of land, a tiny remaining fraction of the prairies of old.

Expect to visit during Prairie Appreciation Day, which happens in early May at the peak of the wildflowers.

There are trails that go around and through the preserve. If you are lucky enough to visit, take time to explore the area and appreciate the newly reintroduced golden paintbrush, a very rare wildflower that's enjoying a recent comeback.

 

Glacial Heritage Preserve

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 46.8657, -123.0514 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

Thurston County Parks

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Getting There

Drive south on I-5 to exit 95. Get onto Maytown Road heading west and proceed for three miles to Littlerock. Continue straight through a stop sign on Littlerock Road, and where that road turns left, continue straight on 128th Avenue. After 0.7 miles, arrive at a T intersection. Turn left onto Waddell Creek/Mima Road (Waddell Creek Road becomes Mima Road). After about 2 miles, the road curves west and just afterwards, look for a tractor warning sign and then a small brown directional sign pointing to the left for Glacial Heritage Preserve. Turn left and follow the gravel road through a large tree nursery, turning to the left, proceeding to a white gate that is locked except during "Prairie Appreciation Day."

Trail closed: With the exception of Thurston County Parks sponsored events the park is currently closed to public use.
 

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