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

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Grays Harbor's Hidden Gem-A Great walk with the Grandkids!

This wonderful hidden gem is perfect for anyone wanting to get a little exercise on a nice wooden and well-maintained trail to view our bird sanctuary/Grays Harbor National... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2016
Terri M
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Hoquiam, Washington
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tacoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

5/16/16 We walked the Sandpiper Trail- quiet and flat, beautiful walk in the woods. Migration is coming to an end just a couple of thousand Western Sandpipers, a few <50 Semipalmated Plovers. Not a great tide for viewing. The settling ponds and bay beach on other side of airport is well worth checking out at the same time.

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Hoquiam, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

This wonderful hidden gem is perfect for anyone wanting to get a little exercise on a nice wooden and well-maintained trail to view our bird sanctuary/Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge. The trail is approx. a mile-so it is perfect for young or old. Anytime my grandkids spend the night-they asked to go on their favorite walk and of course they... More 

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Aberdeen, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016 via mobile

We always love walking the 6 foot raised wooden trail at the bird sanctuary. During the season Hoquiam has shore birds festival that attracts thousands to see this amazing place. But even outside of the migration season the trail is a peaceful wonder to walk. Partially under an alder grove canapé I am always amazed that you never seem to... More 

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Silverdale, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

The Grays harbor national wildlife refuge is very easy to access and if you attend the shorebird festival in May you can learn a great deal about the area and the refuge from the experts who gather for the festival. If you are a birder and photographer this place is for you.

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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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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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