Leadbetter Point State Park Travel Guide

  • Narrow Road through Forest at North End
    Narrow Road through Forest at North End
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    lighthouse rises in the distance over...
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    Leadbetter Point Trails (park and...

    by glabah Updated Dec 12, 2015

    Hiking trails around Leadbetter Point are located both in Leadbetter Point State Park and in the Leadbetter Point unit of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. At least one trail is so close to the edge that signs indicating the border crossing are encountered several times in a very short distance.

    Please note that the National Wildlife Refuge portion of the land is off-limits to dogs and bikes due to the damage they cause to the delicate ecosystem that the refuge is attempting to preserve. There are dozens of miles of beach south of the refuge without this limitation and please use those beaches in the state park or the city areas south of here.

    While I have already put a map of the area elsewhere, I am also including a somewhat more detailed map of the trails with this tip. The trail map system is well marked, and you will find these trail signs and maps at all major trail intersections inside the Wildlife Refuge. If you are at all confused by what direction you want to go, note that at the top of the signs there are arrows that point to the direction of the named trail.

    There are two toilet facilities: one at the parking area at the entrance to the wildlife refuge, and another at the trailhead in the state park itself, at the far south end of the trails. Both of these are pit style toilets.

    There are several types of ecosystems that you will encouter on the trail systems in a very short distance. This includes forest, scrub forest transitioning to tidal grasslands, ocean beach, and sheltered bay beach and grasslands.

    While much of the obvious wildlife here are birds, there are other animals here as well. Bird life is pretty much everywhere, and shore birds may be found during most seasons. A few winter here, and many migrate through in the summer and fall. There are occasional brown pelicans in the summer months and various others. The chances of seeing something depend on how much human activity there has been to scare anything off.

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE pay close attention to the fact that some of the areas of the Wildlife Refuge are reserved only for nesting birds and other wildlife. Please stay out of these areas and don't distrurb them, as some of these birds have become very rare.

    map of the trails in wildlife refuge & state park trail through forest ecosystem in wildlife refuge trail through scrub forest transition to grassland trail through tidal grasslands along Willapa Bay
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    • Beaches
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Birdwatching

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Leadbetter Point State Park Warnings and Dangers

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    Watch Out for the Narrow Road

    by glabah Updated Nov 12, 2013

    As the road heads north from Oysterville, the road gets more and more narrow as you get further north. If you are driving any sort of large vehicle, be aware that north of Oysterville Road there really aren't any good places for it. You may be able to turn around once you get to the parking area for the Wildlife Refuge, but even there space is fairly limited.

    Furthermore, the road essentially becomes a single lane and meeting an oncoming vehicle, no matter how small they may be, means pulling off to the side or someone will have to back up until they reach a wide spot.

    This photo shows the road heading north from the parking area at the state park, and goes up to the wildlife refuge parking area. It is paved, but not wide enough for larger vehicles to pass each other.

    South of the parking area, it is a two lane road and wide enough for pretty much any vehicle, but the parking area is tiny and there isn't much space to turn anything around that is large (RV or trailer or etc.).

    Narrow Road through Forest at North End

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