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Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls

Olympic Peninsula

Visit a park near Olympia that boasts it all: native flora and fauna, an interpretive nature trail, historical markers and plenty to keep kids entertained all year round. Continue reading

Location

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia
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Length

0.5 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 150 ft.

Rating

4.14 out of 5

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  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

Owned by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation, Tumwater Falls Park is open to the public and free of charge.

It houses a one-half mile scenic loop trail along the Deschutes River and three cascading waterfalls, with interpretive signs featuring pictures that illustrate the history of the area. Glimpse the old Olympic Brewery from the lower falls. Built in 1906, it housed the works that made "...what [was] unqualifiably the best beer made on the West Coast," according to a local newspaper. What made it so great? Olympia owner Leopold Schmidt discovered some artesian wells and used that water to make his beer. People said it was of unparalleled quality, hence its motto "It's the water!" learn about Olympia's first foray into hydroelectric power.

In spring, the rhododendrons, one of many native plants in the park, add beauty to the area when they bloom, generally around early May. Visitors will enjoy the Washington Salish Native Plant Garden all year round. It is planted with a large variety of native flora, each of which is labeled, for the public's edification.

A playground will occupy kids, and in September and October, watch the fish ladder, where silvery salmon make their way upstream into the ponds of the fishery.

Hike Description Written by
Anna Roth, WTA Staff

Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.0141, -122.9045 Open in Google Maps

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

Olympia Tumwater Foundation

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Getting There

The park is located right off I-5. Take exit 103 at for Deschutes Way SW. At the corner of Deschutes Way and "C" Street in Tumwater, turn left into the parking area. Note that there is only one entrance into the park, and one exit.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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