Here’s a kid friendly hike or nature walk right in Auburn.
Tiffany has the scoop on Auburn Environmental Park, a great little walk to do with kids and the whole family!
413 Western Avenue NW, Auburn
The Auburn Environmental Park, located just a few minutes from downtown Auburn, encompasses approximately 250 acres of protected wetlands.
This is a great trail for getting out to enjoy a little nature with young children. The quarter-mile elevated boardwalk goes out over the wetlands and is stroller-friendly. Along the way, there are benches and informational signs about the environment.
Park in the small parking lot and walk the boardwalk first. As you stroll, keep your eyes open for dragonflies, butterflies, hummingbirds, blue herons, marsh wrens and salamanders. Kids will enjoy trying to spot the house that Jack built, a birdhouse nestled in the plants.
Next, go up into the bird tower for beautiful views and spotting birds. There are two levels, the lower level had a ramp, but the second level is stairs only, so you can’t bring the stroller to the top.
There are also picnic tables and trash cans, but no restroom, so plan accordingly! No pets allowed, except for service animals, and note that this is a natural park-no play structures or other playground type features. We did also have a reader share on Facebook that she has seem some folks and litter here that made here feel uncomfortable. That wasn’t our writer’s experience, but I think buddying up is always a good idea when you’re doing a new adventure.
Let us know what you think if you go!
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