Discovery Trail Long Beach Washington Coast

Come Explore Miles of Coastal Dunes, Wetlands and Forests

Discovery Trail retraces the route taken by Lewis and Clarke Corp of Discovery and 1805. It is arguable the most scenic running, biking and hiking pathway in the Pacific Northwest Washington Coast. This 8.5-mile footpath has spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, grassy dunes, pine forest groves, and the North Head Lighthouse.

Discovery Trail is in our Top 15  Things to Do in Long Beach Washington, in our Top 20 Free Things to do on the Peninsula, and Fun for the Entire Family activities.

Map of

Map of the Trail

 

Discovery Trail is roughly 8.5 miles long, and the official trail begins in Ilwaco Washington, we recommend starting the trail at the end, in Long Beach off of 26th street near the breakers.  The views heading south toward the North Head LIghthouse are spectacular. Also, the local bikeshops are in Long Beach. 

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Discovery Trail Head in Long Beach WA

Trailhead

 

The trail begins at the Breakers off of 26th street in Long Beach, WA, about a mile North of the second stoplight. Cedar at the Sea, The Lighthouse, and Vacation Haven vacation rentals are all within one block of the start.  Discovery Trail ends in Ilwaco, Washington, and is 8.5 miles long, or 17 miles with a round trip loop. There are several opportunities to enter or exit the Discovery Trail in Long Beach, Seaview, and Ilwaco to do a bit more exploring in town.

Bronze Clark Statue in the Dunes

William Clark Bronze Statue

The bronze statue by Jim Demento of Battle Ground Washington depicts Clark with a ten-foot sturgeon he found on the beach at about that location on November 19th, 1805.  Along the Discovery Trail, you will find several other interpretive panels that give insight into the natural beauty and history of the area. The stations also showcase local artwork, Lewis and Clark artifacts, and even a whale skeleton from a whale the beached near downtown Long Beach, WA, years ago.

Woman running on the Long Beach Washington Boardwalk

Long Beach Boardwalk

 

Discovery Trail continues south through the dunes and past downtown Long Beach, WA.  Here the trail winds under alongside the Long Beach Boardwalk, a point of pride for the local community and voted one of the top 10 best boardwalks in the country by Smarter Travel.  Bikes are not allowed on the boardwalk. However, for walkers and hikers,  the boardwalk affords outstanding views of the Pacific Ocean and beachgoers enjoying the surf and sand below.

Girl riding bike along Discovery Trail

 

Coastal Dunes

  The paved trail continues past the quaint town of Seaview Washington before turning eastward at about the 6-mile point,  near the North Head lighthouse. Unlike many other coastal bike trails this one does not parallel a highway or traffic, but slices right through the local landscape.  Hikers and bikers have spotted bald eagles, vultures, shorebirds, grouse, deer, and the occasional early morning coyote or bear.    

Wetlands through Beards H0llow

 

The name comes from Captain Beard, whose ship capsized in 1853 at the mouth of the Columbia. The crew was lost, and Beard’s body was found near the circular beach below.

Bridge at Beards Hallow

Beards Hollow Overlook