This delightful little park is part of the Olympic Discovery Trail, which means you can hike as far as time allows, or as little as you like. You'll see salmon spawning in the fall, interpretive signs year round, and can watch the seasons turn by visiting as often as you like.
The trail is open to walkers, runners and bikers. Following an historic rail line, you'll enjoy the area, surrounded by deciduous trees, a salmon-bearing stream, and the rustle of wind through the leaves. The trail has had a long history, from rail line, to plank boardwalk, to what it is today.
From 1915 to 1980 the Milwaukee Road operated the rail line which transported passengers and timber from Port Townsend to Port Angeles. The line ran "by tide table rather than time table". Rail cars traveled by barge to from Seattle to Port Townsend and then transferred to train tracks on land when the ride evenly aligned the rail ties.
In 1992, volunteers replaced planking creating a biking trail. The Washington State Audubon Society purchased the property and created the Dungeness River Center and Railroad Bridge Park. In February of 2015 high winds and rain caused the bridge's center to collapse. The entire bridge was repaired and repaved. It reopened in March of 2016.
WTA Pro Tip: The Dungeness River Audubon Center is a great stop in the park. With 500 mounted specimens of birds, and lots of activities for the whole family, it is a great way to supplement your outing. If you're interested in visiting, take note of their hours:
Summer hours: April through October, Tuesday through Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sundays noon - 4:00 p.m.
Winter hours: November through March, Tuesday through Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturdays noon to 4:00 p.m.