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“Did not know it was here”

Willapa National Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #6 of 15 things to do in Ilwaco
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Kenmore, Washington
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27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Did not know it was here”
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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90 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Beautiful rain forest hike.”
Reviewed July 17, 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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Portland OR
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64 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Timing is everything”
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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Carrollton, tx
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222 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Several hiking options”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

You can choose longer or shorter hiking trails to follow here that start from the same trail head. Caution: the bathrooms at the trailhead are gagable, but that is to be expected since they are not the plumbed type. BUG SPRAY on the trails...the Mosquitos had us for dinner!

Visited August 2012
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Seattle
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50 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Birds and a few other creatures, even in winter”
Reviewed March 30, 2012

Already well-known to serious birders, this park clearly reflects a lot of attention paid to satisfying nature lovers. The explanatory signs are composed with a high degree of literacy and attention to scientific accuracy. Paths are well laid out and appropriate warning given of the water that swamps them in wet seasons. We brought our rubber boots but some of the main paths were submerged too deep for us to ford. One sign warned that full waders might be necessary, as water over the paths sometimes reaches waist depth. But the views were worthwhile, even in a March rainstorm. Because we arrived early in the morning we saw numerous birds, all common to the area, and a small herd of elk across a meadow. On the path lay fecal evidence of bears and possibly other carnivores. There were no other people at that time, but I'm sure there will be many more during spring, summer and fall.

Visited March 2012
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