Nisqually State Park, Eatonville, WA

A Short Hike in Nisqually State Park

After a day of driving, we stayed in the area and visited Washington’s newest park, Nisqually State Park. Washington acquired land in the area and created Nisqually State Park. The park opened officially in 1990 and is located in the original homelands of the Nisqually People.

Washington State Parks and the Nisqually Indian Tribe jointly manage the park, ensuring that the park respects the Nisqually people’s cultural and spiritual connections to the land. The Nisqually people lived where “the three rivers come together for thousands of years.” The Nisqually people were fishermen who lived off the rich river bounty and sustained life for their homes and environment. They were the traditional landowners before being forced to cede their lands and move to a reservation outside Olympia.

The Nisqually Indian Tribe, a sovereign nation with its own government, laws, and culture, got involved  in 2007. The Tribe worked with Washington State Parks to develop a master plan to respect the Nisqually people’s cultural and spiritual connections to the land. Today, it is a place where they can connect with their culture and traditions, and it is a place where they can share their culture with others.


Hubby and I enjoyed an easy hike following the trails through the lush landscape and forests. We did not see Mount Rainier, the holy mountain for the Nisqually Indian Tribe was hidden in the clouds. I saw the tiger lily plant, a yellow lampion, for the first time. Thank goodness I did not touch it; the pollen is poisonous for pets. I helped the little snail across the trail after almost stepping on it.


Wednesday, June 14, 2023


5.22 miles

Moving Time



59 °F, clouded, light breeze