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Willapa National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 3888 State Route 101, Ilwaco, WA 98624-9041
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Beautiful Area - Willapa National Wildlife Refuge

We visited Willapa National Wildlife Refuge on our drive from Astoria to Seattle. It is an important bird area, Bear and moose are also in this area. The refuge is 11,000... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2016
Fremont, California
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Fremont, California
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

We visited Willapa National Wildlife Refuge on our drive from Astoria to Seattle. It is an important bird area, Bear and moose are also in this area. The refuge is 11,000 acres. It is a variety of saltwater and freshwater marshes. There are also forests. There are also sand dunes and beaches. Grasslands are are also interesting in this area.... More 

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abuja, nigeria
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

We just stopped for a breathe of fresh air and stumbled upon this creative art trail and short forest hike. The art trail is not obvious until you go round back of display board next to (smelly) restrooms and pick up a descriptive leaflet. Families with young children would love it - short enough hike but with info boards along... More 

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Auburn, Washington
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Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

We stopped a the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge along US 101 on the drive between Long Beach and Tacoma. It is nice, but I would not make a special trip to go here. There is odd artwork placed along a short boardwalk through the wetland areas. If I were rating this as a rest area, I'd give it 5 stars.... More 

1 Thank Adam B
Bainbridge Island, Washington
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Reviewed 19 July 2016

Beautiful area to kayak with many waterways to navigate. Beware the outgoing tide as you may well become stranded until the next high tide rolls in. Plenty of birds to see.

Thank Trav42CA
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Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

This is for the art walk and Cutthroat Climb. The artwalk is interesting and easily accessible to everyone. We also did the Cutthroat Climb, trailhead reached via tge boardwalk. It's named after the Cutthroat trout salmon. Nice, 2/3 mile loop. Lots of (uneven) stairs. Great for stretching the legs. This trail is pretty interactive; my kids (7 & 8) had... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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Reviewed 22 June 2016

I'm so glad we decided to stop at the Willapa Wildlife Refuge after driving past for many years. What a treasure! There are basic restrooms and parking. Maps and nature guides are available in the Ranger office. Head up the boardwalk for a short walk with wildlife viewing opportunities and nature-inspired sculpture/art. Half way along the trail, you can choose... More 

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Westfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 18 June 2016

It was a rainy, drippy morning when we started the art trail, but the sun was shining when we left! The sculptures were fascinating and the steep climb up the trail really got our here pumping. I'm so glad we did this!

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rocklin ca
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Reviewed 17 April 2016

WILLAPA ART TRAIL. The art trail in the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge near Long Beach Washington, (close to Astoria, but, of course, you have to use the bridge) is one of the “first of its kind” and well worth your stop in the cool, sometimes rainy Coastal tidelands of Washington State. The quarter-mile trail uses “art to tell a story.”... More 

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Churchton, Maryland
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Reviewed 12 April 2016

We loved exploring the area even though our visit was in early February and the weather was typical Washington coast winter - mostly wet and windy along the shore. This area is where Lewis and Clark ended up and they were undoubtedly as awed as we were! Seaside accommodations are a lot nicer than they were in 1805! There's plenty... More 

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 30 March 2016

A bit of a hilly -- and long -- walk to the waterfowl areas, and then it was very hard to see any birds. Pretty scenery on the way there, and at the refuge.

Thank Rhonda B

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