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Willapa National Wildlife Refuge - Art Walk

Southwest Washington

Location

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area
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Length

0.75 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 225 ft.

Rating

3.29 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

Willapa National Wildlife Refuge has several trails available for exploration, but the Art Walk is the most engaging and kid-friendly.

Park at the visitors center (no fee required) and embark down a possibly slippery boardwalk that crosses a marsh and heads into second-growth forest, including a labyrinth. The trail heads uphill from the parking lot and traverses along a forested ridgeline, crossing a staircase cut into a downed tree before descending into a valley bottom and meandering along a creek. Pass a labyrinth (and take a moment to explore it) before arriving back at the parking lot.

This short hike is packed with interpretive signage and lovely art installations that will keep hikers of all ages entertained. The art installations were commissioned from students of the University of Washington Public Arts Program. They designed, constructed, and installed the artwork for the trail under the direction of professors John Young, Ian Robertson, and Jim Nicholls.

WTA Pro Tip: Across the water that is visible from the parking lot lies Long Island. There are trails on the island that offer both beautiful and remote hiking opportunities. However, there is no bridge crossing the channel to access the island, so you must bring your canoe, kayak or other small boat to gain access to this area.

 

Willapa National Wildlife Refuge - Art Walk

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.4122, -123.9400 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Southwest Washington -- Long Beach Area

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

USGS Long Island

refuge map available at headquarters on US101 near milepost 24

Getting There

From Kelso follow Highway 4 west for 60 miles to to US 101. Continue on US 101 for 4.75 miles to the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge headquarters. Park at headquarters and launch your watercraft to reach the trailhead on Long Island.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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