Incredible trails and endless ways to explore make the Long Beach Peninsula the perfect destination for adventurous souls! Hike to the west coast’s oldest working lighthouse, ride a horse on the beach, or bike the Discovery Trail. You can even take surfing lessons or rent a kayak to explore the Willapa River in South Bend.
On rainy days, enjoy an indoor tennis court or relax with some yoga. The peninsula also has two gorgeous golf courses–Peninsula Golf Course and Surfside Golf Course–and a full gym. With so much to do, it might be hard to choose. Check out more activities on the peninsula.
The Discovery Trail stretches from the Port of Ilwaco to north Long Beach, just behind the Breakers. Whether you’re on foot or on bike, you’ll be treated to unforgettable landscape.
Along the way you’ll find interpretive panels and sculptures commemorating Lewis & Clark’s journey. In fact, the trail is named after the Corps of Discovery!
Tackle the whole thing or enjoy a mile or two. There are multiple access points. Download the map to your mobile device or request a copy via snail mail.
Photo by Drew Foster.
Photo by Sarah Day
Horseback riding on the beach has been a favorite activity for visitors and locals for decades. There’s just something to riding a horse alongside crashing surf and breathing in fresh, sea air.
Book a Horse Ride
West Coast Horse Rides and Back Country Horse Adventures offer horse rides. Both are located on Sid Snyder Dr. in downtown Long Beach.
Peninsula Saddle Club and Red Barn Arena offer accommodations for horses.
Hike your way to hidden coves, old growth forests, and breathtaking views. With gorgeous state parks and a national wildlife refuge, adventure abounds on the Long Beach Peninsula’s hiking trails!
Cape Disappointment State Park
Discover two working lighthouses, wander the beach, and explore old forts. Enjoy trails for all skill levels. You can get the map here.
Fort Columbia State Park
Explore one of the most intact historic coastal units in the US! The trails behind the fort are best for intermediate hikers. Check out the map and more info about the park.
Leadbetter Point State Park
Hike from beach to bay at Leadbetter Point. Plan ahead! Some of the trails flood with seasonal rains and water can rise up to your waist. Download a map and come explore.
Willapa National Wildlife Refuge
Try to wrap your arms around giant trees and explore the rain forest. If you’re up for a real adventure, check out the trails on Long Island. Check out the trail guide!