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Priest Point Park, Olympia

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Priest Point Park is a public park located in Olympia, Washington. Established in 1905, it was the city's first waterfront park, providing access to the Budd Inlet of Puget Sound.HistoryIn 1848 Catholic missionaries of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate led by Father Pascal Ricard arrived in the South Puget Sound area, claiming the site as St. Joseph's of New Market. Father Ricard and three other French Canadian priests built two or three simple buildings, including a classroom and chapel, along with an orchard and garden. They operated a school for Indian boys from the local Squaxin Island Tribe. The Nisqually, Puyallup and Snoqualmie used the mission as a trading post. The mission closed in 1860, three years after Pascal left.In 1905 the land became a city park after plans for a housing development fell through. Volunteers labored to clear trails, install landscaping and re-erect the elaborate two-story Swiss-style chalet donated by Leopold Schmidt of the Olympia Brewery. The building first served as the brewery's pavilion at the 1903-04 Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland, Oregon, and remained at the park until the early 1950s.
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  • no views unless you are a hiker... my husband cant hike... so the trip was very short and not worth the effort.  more »
  • What a gem in Olympia. Found a wonderful playground to get some energy out, walked the beach path through a gorgeous green canopy. Found a fun cave under a giant tree. It was a great way to get a litt...  more »
  • Great park, beautiful forest, perfect trails. Trails were easy and well marked. Wish I lived by this place! I'd be there every day.  more »
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  • Priest Point is a great place close to Olympia to access the Sound and forest. It's always really clean. The east side has easy gravel trails that take you past large, moss covered trees. There's also a new shelter and a small rose garden. The west side has the Ellis Cove trail which is a little more hilly and can have some muddy spots. Bonus points for finding the two hiding black bears. There's also beach access, more shelters and a playground. I love this park and visit as often as I can.
  • Beautiful park with ample scenic views of the forest and the Puget Sound. The trails are suitable for everyone, regardless of fitness level or age. There is also a lot of paved road, so it would be easy to travel in a wheelchair as well.
  • My family loves this park. There is a playground that suits young children and older kids. There are plenty of picnic tables to sit at with your family. We love the trails through the woods. Especially the one behind the playground, it comes out at a high cliff where there is a perfect view of the sunset over the water. There is also a trail that leads you down to the beach, it's a bit difficult to go down with strollers. There is a cool tree that has a cave you can go inside of. We love nature, and priest point gives us our peaceful dose of mother nature.
  • Been coming here my entire life, nice quiet place to relax or take a walk around the water. Playground, grills, picnic and covered dining areas can be found here.
  • Excellent trails and beautiful park. Be prepared for a real hike on the main trail. Smaller trail leads straight to the water.

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