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If you every visit the Long Beach Peninsula make sure you walk this wonderful trail. You have chance to see many different type of wildlife and beautiful view of the coastline.
The Discovery Trail on Washington�s Long Beach Peninsula crosses a broad Pacific beach, grassy dunes, seaside forests and postcard-ready ocean bluffs.
You can bike it or walk it, and if you tackle all, or even a portion, of this remarkable mostly paved trail, you�ll be treated to some of the state�s most exhilarating seaside scenery, while enjoying stimulating art and interesting interpretive exhibits along the way.
You�ll also gain a new appreciation for the compelling history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The 8.5-mile Discovery Trail joins the popular vacation town of Long Beach on the north end of the peninsula and the historic fishing village of Ilwaco near the mouth of the Columbia River to the south.
Unlike many trails that connect towns, this one doesn�t parallel the highway in sight of traffic, but slices its own route through landscapes that attract photographers, painters and wildlife. Spend a short time on the trail and you�ll understand why.
The Discovery Trail can be explored again and again, with something new to surprise you each time. Make time for at least a portion of it whenever you�re on the Long Beach Peninsula. Many different access points make this easy to do in short round-trip stretches. Taking on the entire 17 mile roundtrip makes an excellent day-ride by bicycle, but on foot consider a light overnight pack and lodging at either end before the about-face return.
June 22nd, 2013
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