South Willapa Bay Trail

South Willapa Bay Trail


Once the south end of Willapa Bay, and a premier portion of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, was relatively inaccessible to visitors due to the absence of public access points. To remedy this, on behalf of Pacific County, the Friends of Willapa NWR submitted a grant application to the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board to improve access to the Refuge.

In 2015, Pacific County was awarded a $30,998 grant to build a trailhead that will provide the first public access to the south end of Willapa Bay. The trailhead is located in Long Beach east of Sandridge Road at the end of 95th Street. Fifteen parking spots, a viewing area and kiosk were constructed in 2016 and now provide an access point for viewing nature, hiking and birding along the South Bay Trail.

This South Bay Trail winds tBoardwalk Sketchhrough wetlands, coastal prairies, forests, and salt marsh habitats to offer unparalleled views Willapa Bay, one of the west coast’s most pristine water bodies and important migratory bird habitats.

With your support, the next phase of improvements for South Bay Trail will consist of:

  • Improving the mile long trail to make it accessible for people of all ages and abilities.

  • Construction of a boardwalk along Tarlatt Slough

  • Construction of a viewing platform/shelter that will overlook the Willapa Bay estuary.

  • Ultimately this trail will connect to the Refuge’s planned visitor’s center, and across the Long Beach Peninsula to the Discovery Trail along the Pacific Ocean to form the Beach to Bay Trail.

Get Involved and Support the South Bay Trail!

  • Join the Friends of Willapa NWR.ShelterB2

  • Make a financial contribution by Donating today.

  • Make a donation in honor or in memory of someone.

  • Become a Trail Sponsor of a future trail amenity.

  • Purchase Friends of Willapa NWR merchandise.

  • Volunteer for special events or trail maintenance.

  • Consider the Friends of WNWR in your estate plans.

Help make South Bay Trail a gateway for tens of thousands of visitors for hiking, bird watching, photography, and environmental education!