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The extraordinary Dungeness Wildlife Refuge and Dungeness Spit is not to be missed. A half-mile walk through a forest of fascinating trees leads to the spit overlook. Then head down to the world’s longest natural sand spit. The 5.5 mile long Dungeness Spit juts between the Strait of Juan De Fuca and Dungeness Harbor. The surrounding water and tide flats are rich in marine life, waterfowl, visiting harbor seals, and eel grass beds for young salmon and steelhead. If you walk to the end (an 11-mile round trip) you’ll find the Dungeness Lighthouse which was built in 1857 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Of course you don’t have to walk far to take in the natural beauty. Just relax on a driftwood log and watch the mesmerizing waves. On a clear day, you can see Victoria B.C. in the distance. A day use fee is charged or use your America the Beautiful Pass.

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