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    Get Outdoors Near Joint Base Lewis-McChord

    If you're stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, you've found yourself in an outdoor lover's paradise! JBLM is one of the most popular duty stations in the military, and part of that reason is all the opportunities to get outside. 

    Whether you're setting out to a nearby destination or planning a day trip to explore the Pacific Northwest area, take a look at a few ideas for your next outdoor adventure.

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    Family-Friendly Outings Near Joint Base Lewis-McChord

    Point Defiance Park

    Host to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Point Defiance Park also offers miles of trails, lake access, and boat rentals.

    Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

    The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is a pit spot for many species of migratory birds. On its nature trails, you can spy 200 different bird species, along with otters, mink, beavers, deer, and Pacific Tree Frogs.

    Wildwood Park

    You'll find a playground, trails, a historic reservoir and more in the 80 acres of beautiful landscape of Wildwood Park

    Learn more about these destinations and many others in our post 11 Military Family-Friendly Outings Near Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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    Explore the PNW With JBLM's Outdoor Rec Center

    JBLM's MWR makes it easy to take advantage of all the Puget Sound area offers. If you're interested in any of the following activities and more, check out the JBLM Outdoor Rec calendar for more info and to register.


    Explore Wallace Falls, the Green River, and other destinations in the Cascades with guided hikes. Transportation, parking fees, and trip leader support are included! Explore beautiful forests, waterfalls, and mountains. 

    See the best hikes in Mt. Rainier National Park!

    Rock Climbing

    JBLM's Outdoor Rec offers a comprehensive introduction to top rope climbing. They provide instruction, equipment, and a rock climbing wall. 

    Mountain Biking

    The trails of Swan Creek make an ideal location to learn more about mountain biking. You'll get a full day of learning, whether you're a beginner or want to practice more advanced maneuvers.

    You'll find so many reasons to get outside while you're stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord!

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    Jen McDonald

    Jen McDonald is the Content Editor for MilitaryByOwner Advertising. She's a longtime writer, the author of the book You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse, the host of the Milspouse Matters podcast, and has been published in several books and numerous national publications. She was a military spouse for nearly 30 years and is the mom of four (including one son in the military). One of her happiest roles now is being a grandmother. She and her newly retired Air Force husband have been stationed all around the world from Europe to the Pacific and won’t count how many houses they’ve lived in because that would be too depressing. Her passion is encouraging young military spouses and regularly sharing about topics like military life, parenting, homeschooling...and now grandparenting! See more from Jen at her site, Jen McDonald and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , and Pinterest.

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