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Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Airport Way, Hoquiam, WA
Phone Number: (360) 753-9467
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Shorebirds galore.

Best time to visit is during the Annual Shorebird festival in the spring. Check with the Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce for the dates. Shuttles will take you from the high... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2012
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Cosmopolis, Washington
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Aberdeen, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Once you find this place back behind the air port you end up on a mile+ raised wood walking trail that heads out to the shore line. The birds are wonderful if you get out here during the shore bird fest. DON'T MISS THIS!

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Federal Way, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

An enjoyable stroll, but don't go out of your way to visit this place - odds are, you will not see a significant number of birds, but if you want a peaceful bit of exercise and the opportunity to smell the salt air and not encounter any other people, then take an hour and visit this place. I would not... More 

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Hoquiam, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

To get to the refuge, you first go to the airport. Follow the signs. Once you park at the edge of the airport, you walk through a gated area for a considerable distance before you actually get to the refuge trails. For someone who has difficulty walking, just getting there might be out of reach. But on a sunny afternoon,... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

I'd been to the Harbor once before and enjoyed seeing the birds. My husband and I walked the whole route although the shorebird festival was going on. We only saw one flock of geese landing and one small flock of sandpiper like birds. But we did see a yellow warbler and a Pacific Wren on the trail.

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Olympia, Washington, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

This is a very nice spot to stop and take a walk to view the birds. There are several blinds along the way so you can observe quietly. The surroundings are beautiful and it is a quiet haven.

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Cosmopolis, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Best time to visit is during the Annual Shorebird festival in the spring. Check with the Grays Harbor Chamber of Commerce for the dates. Shuttles will take you from the high school.

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Bellevue, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2008

Thousands of shorebirds migrating between Mexico and the Arctic appear at the Grays Harbor NWR in late April and early May. We visited during the Shorebird Festival, which was well-attended. The festival arranged to buses between Hoquiam and the wildlife refuge. A mile and a half long boardwalk trail - the Sandpiper Trail - leads from the parking lot out... More 

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