PLAY: Trails & Boardwalk
Posted on March 29, 2014
Just outside the reach of the mighty Pacific, the popular Long Beach Boardwalk stretches for almost half a mile. Offering interpretive displays, superb views and picnic areas, the boardwalk is a short walk from most downtown Long Beach activities. There are public restrooms at each end of this fabulous attraction.
TRAVEL+LEISURE Magazine recently named the Long Beach Boardwalk as one of the top eleven in the nation. The TODAY Show chose five of those for a feature, noting Long Beach as the most unique. We have to agree; our boardwalk isn’t flanked with carnival rides and hot dog vendors (those are downtown!) but rather it appears almost suspended in the grassy dunes, with panoramic views of the North Head lighthouse, beach and surf. During the Washington State International Kite Festival, you’ll find a flurry of activity on the boards, and some of the most colorful skies in the world.
Crossing beneath the Long Beach Boardwalk at the half-way mark is the 8-mile Discovery Trail. This Lewis & Clark commemorative trail terminates at the north end of Long Beach with an 18-foot bronze tree and winds south to Beard’s Hollow where it goes over the cape and into downtown Ilwaco. Interpretive displays and sculptures dot the trail. Bike riders, runners, walkers and skaters are welcome.