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.

  • #1 John Wayne Pioneer Trail (West)

    5 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    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 ...
    •  113 miles
    •  Guide

    The John Wayne Pioneer Trail crosses most of Washington State. The developed portion lies within the Iron Horse State Park. ...

  • #2 Preston-Snoqualmie Trail

    5 Reviews

    Preston, WA

    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 ...
    •  6.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This peaceful, wooded trail in the Cascade foothills ends with a view of spectacular Snoqualmie Falls. For a romantic walk, ...

  • #3 Foothills Trail

    4 Reviews

    Buckley, WA

    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 ...
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    The foothills of Mount Rainier and the southern Cascades, green valleys, rivers, creeks, eagles and salmon, small happy towns, ...

  • #4 Hurricane Ridge

    2 Reviews

    Port Angeles, WA

    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 ...
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Olympic Peninsula tourists visit Hurricane Ridge for its panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains to the south and the Strait ...

  • #5 Snoqualmie Valley Trail and Snoqualmie Valley Trail Extension

    2 Reviews

    Duvall, WA

    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 ...
    •  33 miles
    •  Guide

    Wander the foothills of rural Snoqualmie Valley from Duvall through Carnation, to Snoqualmie Falls near Snoqualmie, on to ...

  • #6 Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

    1 Reviews

    Olympia, WA

    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 b ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  4.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Far from its glacial source on the southern side of Mount Rainier, the Nisqually River empties into Puget Sound in a broad ...

  • #7 Spokane River Centennial Trail

    1 Reviews

    Spokane, WA

    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 ...
    •  37 miles
    •  Guide

    Welcome to 37 miles of paved riverfront trail in a region that receives a meager 11 inches of rain per year. The sun shines ...

  • #8 Little Spokane River Natural Area

    1 Reviews

    Spokane, WA

    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. ...
    •  7.2 miles
    •  Guide

    If we lived near Spokane, we would spend a large portion of our free time birding the Little Spokane River. It’s easy to ...

  • #9 Lake Sylvia State Park

    1 Reviews

    Montesano, WA

    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 ...
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Lake Sylvia State Park has something for everyone: logging history and operations, a dam, a thirty-acre lake, camping, picnicking, ...

  • #10 Tiger Mountain State Forest

    0 Reviews

    Preston, WA

    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 ...
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Tiger Mountain State Forest has several trailheads and miles of trails. Three multiuse rail-trails and one hiking trail follow ...

  • #11 Anti-Aircraft Peak

    2 Reviews

    Renton, WA

    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 ...
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    If you want views from Cougar Mountain, this is the trail to take—best in November through May, to avoid the summer clouds ...

  • #12 Spruce Railroad Trail

    2 Reviews

    Port Angeles, WA

    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 ...
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    This fun single-track trail runs along the shores of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park. It’s bounded by steep slate ...

  • #13 Source Lake

    2 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    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 ...
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    It all starts at Source Lake—the mighty Snoqualmie River flows from this humble pond. But if the pond is humble and less ...

  • #14 Wallace Falls Railway Trail

    2 Reviews

    Gold Bar, WA

    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 ...
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #15 Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

    0 Reviews

    Vancouver, WA

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    Ridgefield NWR is easily one of the most popular bird-watching destinations in the state. The refuge offers a variety of ...

  • #16 Fort Flagler State Park

    0 Reviews

    Port Townsend, WA

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    Fort Flagler State Park is one of those rare, northern Puget Sound birding locations that offers shorebird-watching along ...

  • #17 Mount Rainier - Sunrise Area

    0 Reviews

    Greenwater, WA

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    High-elevation bird-watching can be a tenuous pastime. Sunrise on the northeastern flanks of Mt. Rainier is one example. ...

  • #18 Scenic Beach State Park

    0 Reviews

    Silverdale, WA

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    Scenic Beach State Park is situated in a narrow fjord on Hood Canal, with 1,500 feet of beachfront and breathtaking views ...

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

    0 Reviews

    Othello, WA

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    The 23,000 acres of the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge are scattered around several units, including the Marsh units abutting ...

  • #20 Fir Island

    0 Reviews

    Conway, WA

    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 ...
    •  Guide

    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 ...