Facts About Long Beach, Washington

Facts About Long Beach, Washington
The Long Beach Peninsula on Washington state's southwestern coast is a place where outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers will feel at home. A popular vacation area, Long Beach is where the Columbia River empties into the Pacific Ocean and near Willapa Bay.
 

Lighthouses

There are two lighthouses on the Long Beach Peninsula. The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse (the oldest lighthouse still operating on the West Coast) was finished in 1856 and the North Head Lighthouse was finished in 1898.

 
 

Beaches

There are 28 miles of sandy beach, but it is not recommended for swimming as the area has very dangerous rip tides, undertows and large waves. There are no lifeguards.

Swimming

If you wade or swim, Waikiki Beach at Cape Disappointment State Park is recommended by the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau

Trails

There are many opportunities for walkers and hikers to follow a trail and enjoy the scenery. The Washington Coast Trail, Westwind Trail, Northhead Trail, Discovery Trail and Trail to Beards Hollow are a few.

Area Activities

Many activities can keep you busy such as surfing, fishing, golf, horseback riding, biking and hiking. There are also several day spas and massage centers, as well as three museums for rainy days.

 

Article Written By Naomi Judd

Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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