The Discovery Trail is Waiting for You

Tucked away in the gorgeous coastal landscape, the 8.5-mile-long Discovery Trail stretches from Ilwaco to Long Beach. It attracts cyclists, joggers, hikers, photographers, and families alike to Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula.

Watch fishermen coming and going along the Port of Ilwaco where the trail begins. Hike or bike through Cape Disappointment State Park, one of Washington’s most popular state parks. The trail invites you to take short side-excursions to explore Beard’s Hollow or see the North Head Lighthouse where you can enjoy expansive views of the Pacific Ocean and Benson Beach.

Find interesting interpretive sites and art installments along the way. William Clark (of Lewis and Clark) stands over a beached sturgeon next to the basalt monolith with engravings from their journals. Look for the wood carvings of gray whales that seem to float above the dunes. Take a detour along the Long Beach boardwalk beside the trail.

Whether you tackle the whole hike or explore just a small stretch of it, it is the perfect way to enjoy everything from history to spotting wildlife on Washington’s coast. Learn more at