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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 is an interesting spot to visit; no one is quite sure what these mounds are or how they were created. We came on a hot day and there is almost no shade so be prepared. The smaller loop trail is p...  more »
  • Nice flat walking trails and lots of grasses and wildflowers this time of year. Interpretive signs explain how the mounds might have been formed. It is not a shaded trail, so it's probably best to go ...  more »
  • We were looking an easy hike/walk and weren't disappointed with this one. This walk took us through a field with hundreds of mounds and it was interesting to read about their formation a short distanc...  more »
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  • Nice flat trails, much of it paved, are good for families with strollers or little ones to explore. There's a little interpretive center that explains the history of the area. There is a shooting range near by that can be a bit loud. Go in the spring when the camas lillies are blooming
  • Visited the Mima Mounds yesterday. Easy to find, sufficient parking and there's a spot that offers 15 minute parking for those without a Discover Pass. The mounds are interesting (How did they get there?), but it's not mind blowing. It's an okay little stop, with accessible paved trails. Nothing spectacular.
  • It was a great walk. Had a jogging stroller and two kids and we got through it fine!
  • People polute the area with trash and other garbage.. But it's still am interesting place
  • Simple reserve offers picnic area yet all the parking is limited to 15 minutes only.

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