Best Birding in Washington

This list represents the most popular birding in Washington. Use this list to plan your next Washington birding trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. John Wayne Pioneer Trail (West)


The John Wayne Pioneer Trail crosses most of Washington State. The developed portion lies within the Iron Horse State Park. It parallels I–90 from Cedar Falls, near North Bend, to Kittitas, then drops…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
North Bend, WA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 113 miles Best Trail in wa - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#2. Preston-Snoqualmie Trail


This peaceful, wooded trail in the Cascade foothills ends with a view of spectacular Snoqualmie Falls. For a romantic walk, an evening ride, your daily jog, or a pleasant skate, this trail is the tick…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Preston, WA - Birding, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails, Walking - 6.2 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#3. Foothills Trail


The foothills of Mount Rainier and the southern Cascades, green valleys, rivers, creeks, eagles and salmon, small happy towns, and families at play—this is the Foothills Trail. The community created t…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Buckley, WA - Birding, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 9 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#4. Hurricane Ridge


Olympic Peninsula tourists visit Hurricane Ridge for its panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains to the south and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north. More than one million people visit the area…
From the guidebook "Birding Washington"
Port Angeles, WA - Birding - 3 miles BestBirding Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Snoqualmie Valley Trail and Snoqualmie Valley Trail Extension


Wander the foothills of rural Snoqualmie Valley from Duvall through Carnation, to Snoqualmie Falls near Snoqualmie, on to North Bend, and finally to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. You’ll travel near th…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Duvall, WA - Birding, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 33 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#6. Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge


Far from its glacial source on the southern side of Mount Rainier, the Nisqually River empties into Puget Sound in a broad delta. Once a working farm, the site has become one of the finest birdwatchin…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma"
Olympia, WA - Birding, Hiking - 4.7 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#7. Spokane River Centennial Trail


Welcome to 37 miles of paved riverfront trail in a region that receives a meager 11 inches of rain per year. The sun shines on the Spokane River, rapids rush downriver, and bridges criss-cross the wat…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Spokane, WA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 37 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#8. Little Spokane River Natural Area


If we lived near Spokane, we would spend a large portion of our free time birding the Little Spokane River. It’s easy to get to and near a large population center, but the trail is calm and quiet. Vis…
From the guidebook "Birding Washington"
Spokane, WA - Birding - 7.2 miles BestBirding Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Lake Sylvia State Park


Lake Sylvia State Park has something for everyone: logging history and operations, a dam, a thirty-acre lake, camping, picnicking, and any number of great trails to explore. Two of these trails—the Sy…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Montesano, WA - Birding, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 4.8 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#10. Tiger Mountain State Forest


Tiger Mountain State Forest has several trailheads and miles of trails. Three multiuse rail-trails and one hiking trail follow old railroad grades. The Preston Railroad Trail, the Northwest Timber Tra…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Preston, WA - Birding, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 8 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#11. Anti-Aircraft Peak


If you want views from Cougar Mountain, this is the trail to take—best in November through May, to avoid the summer clouds of mosquitoes. The route climbs to one of the highest points in the western…
From the guidebook "Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region"
Renton, WA - Birding, Hiking - 6 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#12. Spruce Railroad Trail


This fun single-track trail runs along the shores of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park. It’s bounded by steep slate walls above and the water below. Check out a tiny “hole in the rock” tunnel and…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Port Angeles, WA - Birding, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 4 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#13. Source Lake


It all starts at Source Lake—the mighty Snoqualmie River flows from this humble pond. But if the pond is humble and less than remarkable, the mountains surrounding it are anything but. The craggy peak…
From the guidebook "Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region"
North Bend, WA - Birding, Hiking - 4 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#14. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge


Ridgefield NWR is easily one of the most popular bird-watching destinations in the state. The refuge offers a variety of habitats in three separate units, totaling more than 5,100 acres. Much of the l…
From the guidebook "Birding Washington"
Vancouver, WA - Birding
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Wallace Falls Railway Trail


On this trek you’ll head uphill on a railroad grade for 2.5 miles. Then a 1.5-mile ascent continues on a narrow walking trail up steep switchbacks, through deep woods, and over wooden bridges to spect…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Gold Bar, WA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 5 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#16. Fort Flagler State Park


Fort Flagler State Park is one of those rare, northern Puget Sound birding locations that offers shorebird-watching along sandy beach habitat just a few feet from mixed-forest uplands that cater to so…
From the guidebook "Birding Washington"
Port Townsend, WA - Birding
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#17. Mount Rainier - Sunrise Area


High-elevation bird-watching can be a tenuous pastime. Sunrise on the northeastern flanks of Mt. Rainier is one example. Although the site and its hiking trails can offer passage to views of hard-to-f…
From the guidebook "Birding Washington"
Greenwater, WA - Birding
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Scenic Beach State Park


Scenic Beach State Park is situated in a narrow fjord on Hood Canal, with 1,500 feet of beachfront and breathtaking views of the Olympic Peninsula and the rugged profile of the Olympic Mountain range…
From the guidebook "Birding Washington"
Silverdale, WA - Birding
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Columbia National Wildlife Refuge and Seep Lakes Wildlife Area


The 23,000 acres of the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge are scattered around several units, including the Marsh units abutting the Seep Lakes Wildlife Area. This site makes it easy to imagine what i…
From the guidebook "Birding Washington"
Othello, WA - Birding
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Fir Island


Fir Island is a land laced with water, where the North and South forks of the Skagit River rush to Skagit Bay to meet in marshy fields, along riparian areas, and in tideflats that are teeming with bir…
From the guidebook "Birding Washington"
Conway, WA - Birding
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