Bird Watching and Wildlife Viewing

Northeast Mason County Parks

 

Location

Northeast Mason County ParksWA
United States
47° 26' 47.994" N, 122° 52' 25.824" W
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Northwest Mason County Parks

 

Location

Northwest Mason County ParksWA
United States
47° 24' 39.2292" N, 123° 8' 10.1004" W
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Shellfish Gathering

Shellfish Gathering

Come prepared with buckets, boots and crab pots, and delight in the mouth-watering taste of Hood Canal shellfish. Oysters, crab, shrimp and clams can be harvested seasonally. Experience what locals know is the freshest and most delicious seafood in Washington.

Check current shellfish regulations for Hood Canal, then head this way for a fun day at one of Mason County’s many public access shellfish beaches.

Location

Mason CountyWA
United States
47° 45' 3.8664" N, 120° 44' 24.5004" W
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Olympic Natural Resources Center Trail

Whether you are looking for a quick hike or a more leisurely exploration of mature second growth forest and fauna, the University of Washington’s campus in Forks features a 2 ½ mile rustic trail for hiking and bird watching. The trail is well maintained with some elevation gain, giving the walker a good workout. Highlights include a scenic view of the City of Forks along one of its stretches. Bring a snack and enjoy the view from one of the two picnic tables. A favorite place to hike for local Forks residents on their lunch hour! 

Port Ludlow Falls Trail

Here is an opportunity for a walk in Port Ludlow if you are visiting and time is limited. A bit of quiet to reflect on things is on hand with a five minute drive from anywhere in the Port Ludlow area.
The Port Ludlow Falls trail is wonderful, protected, short interpretative trail through varied and quite surroundings.  Many signs point to local micro-environments and their plant species on this adventure punctuated by the Ludlow Falls at the halfway mark.   This walk can be the perfect winter afternoon break.
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Location

Port LudlowWA
United States
47° 45' 3.8664" N, 120° 44' 24.5004" W
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The Last Dam Summer on the Elwha River

Now that we have your attention the Gateway Visitor Center would like to invite you outdoors and out of Jefferson County to the Elwha River valley. 

Location

Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitor CenterWA
United States
47° 45' 3.8664" N, 120° 44' 24.5004" W
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Port Ludlow Falls Trail - Hike

Port Ludlow Falls Trail:

Here is an opportunity for a walk in Port Ludlow if you are visiting and time is limited. A bit of quiet to reflect on things is on hand with a five minute drive from anywhere in the Port Ludlow area. 

Location

Ludlow FallsWA
United States
47° 55' 5.16" N, 122° 42' 30.96" W
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Olympic Discovery Trail

A paved trail system that connects Port Townsend on Puget Sound to the Pacific beaches at La Push is 70% on abandoned Railroad grade. The trail is growing as sections are completed and is being constructed as a non-motorized corridor, including equestrian use in most areas. When completed, the trail will cover 120 miles and will be one of the longest trail systems in the US.

A year-round opportunity to explore the beautiful scenery edging the northern Olympic Peninsula along the historic route of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroads.

Breathe Mile-High Air at Hurricane Ridge!

Hurricane Ridge, 17 miles south of Port Angeles, in Olympic National Park, will make you feel like you're on top of the world. And, in fact, you are!  Hurricane Ridge is reached by taking Hwy 101 into Port Angeles.  Look for the Olympic National Park Visitor Center and Hurricane Ridge signs.  Turn south on Race Street, and taking a slight right curve on the Hurricane Ridge Parkway. From there you will see signs leading to the Park Entrance.

Location

Olympic National Park WA
United States
47° 45' 3.8664" N, 120° 44' 24.5004" W
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Birding on the Olympic Peninsula Tour #7

Watcher's View #7

Location

Fort WordenWA
United States
48° 8' 34.7352" N, 122° 46' 23.8548" W
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