Weekend Getaway for April 9


WHAT: Tolmie State Park is a 105-acre day-use park with 1,800 feet of Puget Sound shoreline. The forested park is on Nisqually Beach and offers numerous activities including beachcombing and scuba diving. The park is open all year but does not allow camping. The park opens at 9 a.m. Wednesday-Sunday, but will switch to its summer schedule on Thursday, meaning it will open at 8 a.m. and add Monday and Tuesday operations.

WHERE: North of Olympia.

HISTORY: Dr. William Frazer Tolmie, for whom the park is named, spent 16 years with the Hudson’s Bay Co. as a physician, surgeon, botanist and fur trader. He died in 1866.

GETTING THERE: From Interstate 5, take Exit 111 and follow the signs to Tolmie State Park.

COST: A $10 per vehicle Discover Pass is required to visit state parks. An annual pass is $30.

OF NOTE: The park includes 3 miles of hiking trails, as well as opportunities for boating, diving, fishing, clamming and crabbing, beachcombing and birdwatching. Trail access is limited, according to the park website. In warmer months, you can view such wildlife as chipmunks, deer, raccoons and rabbits. The park has 11 sheltered picnic areas.

INFORMATION: parks.wa.gov.

Craig Hill, craig.hill@thenewstribune.com