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Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve, Olympia

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Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve is a state-protected Natural Area in southwest Washington state, USA. The preserve includes some of the Washington mima mounds. The site comprises 637acre of Garry oak woodland, oak savanna, and prairie grasslands. Several state and federal endangered species of butterfly depending on the unique prairie conditions can be found in the preserve, including Mardon Skipper, Zerene Fritillary, Puget Blue and Taylor's Checkerspot.In 1966, the mima mounds were designated a National Natural Landmark.
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  • This strange field of mounds has many theories including creation by pocket gophers over hundreds of years . Amusing and beautiful in its own odd way!  more »
  • We spent a half hour here on a mid December afternoon. A little hard to find but get the Benchmark book/map of Washington and it will help a lot. There are several viewpoints including the official re...  more »
  • Is a Rainey day not much to do. So we stopped and took a peek. Amazing but not sure of all the history will for sure be looking into it  more »
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  • A really interesting geological find. Easy to get to and easy, easy to walk. Flowers and wildlife are great. This would be a wonderful spot for an afternoon out with the family. Recommend bringing sunscreen if it is a sunny day.
  • Spent a few hours on the hill a few miles through the park, picked mushrooms, (get licenses). Socialized with hunters. Nice sunrise today.
  • Interesting natural phenomenon. Some interpretive areas, nice easy hike!
  • It's one of those places you're not sure why you like it. It's just nice.
  • Fantastic, and intriguing. The Mounds are taller than I thought, about a person-height high. They have an observation dome that gives you some altitude for a view.