PLAY: Trails & Boardwalk
Posted on March 29, 2014
Stretching 8+ miles between | Ilwaco, WA and Long Beach, WA
Discovery Trail was surfaced with compacted gravel from the Beard’s Hollow parking lot to SR100 loop in June, 2009. State Parks requested this section not be paved because it is steep and will be slippery in the wet season. This being done, Discovery Trail is now fully surfaced in Ilwaco, all the way to 4th & Main. From there, the surface streets and sidewalks take one on to the Port and Condor Sculpture.
The Ilwaco section of the trail is markedly different from the beach trail. Here you go through forest groves and enjoy some wonderful view spots, including an overlook of Ford’s Dry Lake/Holman Lake that is expansive and unique.
In honor of the commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the combined vision and hard work of a consortium of cities & public agencies has been involved in construction of Discovery Trail since Fall, 2002. The cities of Long Beach and Ilwaco, with the Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission, have used assistance from the Washington State National Guard, Air Guard and the Oregon National Guard to complete the trail, which stretches 8.5 miles from Ilwaco to North Long Beach.