Established in 1990, Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge spans 1,500 acres of marsh, mudflats, and uplands. In spring, thousands of shorebirds flock to the refuge, including the whimbrel, red knot, and western sandpiper.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
BeachExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5
BeachExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Up to one million shorebirds gather at this estuary in spring. The refuge has, in fact, one of the largest concentrations of shorebirds on the west coast, south of Alaska.
  • The best sightings are in the hour before and the hour after high tide, so check local tide charts.
  • There are walking trails and boardwalks that give visitors good views of the birds and the land.

100 Brown Farm Rd.
Olympia, Washington 98516
Parking: Daily during daylight hours

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