Fodor's Expert Review Willipa National Wildlife Refuge
Three miles north of Oysterville (take Sandridge Road to the left and follow the signs), this wildlife refuge at Long Beach Peninsula's northernmost tip is a great spot for bird-watching. Black brants, sandpipers, turnstones, yellowlegs, sanderlings, and knots are among the 100 species biologists have recorded here. The dune area at the very end of the point is closed from April to August to protect the nesting snowy plover. From the parking lot, a ½-mile-long paved wheelchair-accessible path leads to the ocean and a 2½-mile loop trail winds through the dunes along the ocean and Willapa Bay. Several trails along the loop lead to isolated patches of coast. These trails flood in winter, often becoming impassable swamps, so pay attention to the warning signs.