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“Gorgeous Trail with Amazing sculptural art” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge

Willapa National Wildlife Refuge
3888 State Route 101, Ilwaco, WA
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Ranked #5 of 11 things to do in Ilwaco
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Everett, Washington
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“Gorgeous Trail with Amazing sculptural art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

There isn't much to dislike about this place unless you are stopping for the bathrooms. They are basically outhouses. There is beautiful, nature based art throughout the entry to the trail and there are informational placards about animal life on the trail itself. I would say it's on the lower end of moderately difficult. I'm not in the best of shape and it wasn't too hard for me but there are some ups and downs. The nature reserve is simply gorgeous and well worth a stop. We hiked in light rain and it was still great. Dress for hiking with covered legs and tucked in shirt. I think I got chigger bites but it may have been from somewhere else.

Visited May 2014
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“Plenty of Trails and Art?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

I was not expecting such a place when we looked at TripAdvisor for hikes in the Long Beach Peninsula Area. (There are several great links on TA to Self Guided Walking Tours).
There are 4 trails really to choose from for hiking, all in different lengths and degrees of difficulty. We opted for a leisure stroll with a child in tow.
Interesting art throughout, interpretive signs and installations- all in all an abosolute gem.
There is a small dock for kayaks and canoes pushing off to Long Island.

Visited November 2013
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Kenmore, Washington
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“Did not know it was here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Gorgeous area, trail and artwork.
Absolutely amazing reserve.
The wildlife, estuary, birds. All of it was gorgeous. Long Island is right close by as well. Bring your camera and all consider it as a good kayak trip (willapa bay)

Visited September 2013
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Tracy, California
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“Beautiful rain forest hike.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013 via mobile

Stopped to take a break from driving while on vacation in the area. No fee to park or walk the trail. Really nice trail less than a mile through the rain forest. The trail was steep in places. Incredibly lush ferns and mosses.

Visited July 2013
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“Timing is everything”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

We went because my younger brother and his son are avid birders... unfortunately, we'd just missed most of the migration and instead got to dash through hungry mosquitoes to the lovely point for a nice but unspectacular view. I'm told the biter population declines in summer and fall.

Visited May 2012
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