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Discover the Dungeness River Audubon Center

Dungeness River Audubon CenterAll it takes is one step outside your door most mornings at this time of year, the the realization that summer is officially gone and fall is here hits home.  Crisp, chilly mornings are normal this time of year; just as normal as sunny, beautiful afternoons–especially in Sequim.  Only in the beautiful town of Sequim do you get to enjoy the Olympic Peninsula’s famous natural beauty without all the typical Washington Rain, and that is thanks in large part to the rainshadow effect of the Olympic Mountains. Sequim enjoys an incredible 250+ sunny days every year, which means there’s never really a bad time to visit us at the Dungeness Bay Cottages in Sequim.  When the rest of Western Washington bundles up and pulls out the umbrella’s, those of us in Sequim head outside to enjoy places like the Dungeness River Audubon Center and Railroad Bridge Park. Book your rooms at the Dungeness Bay Cottages, and come explore the best of Sequim with us this fall!

Railroad Bridge Park

At the heart of the popular multi-use Olympic Discovery Trail, you’ll find the beautiful Railroad Bridge Park. Railroad Bridge was built in 1915 by the Milwaukee Railroad,and was used to move both timber and passengers between Port Townsend, Port Angeles, and other towns between 1915 – 1980.  In 1985, this railway line was abandoned, and is now an important piece of Sequim’s history. The stunning Railroad Bridge itself was one of the few remaining wood truss railroad bridges, until it was damaged in a storm in 2015.  The truss and trestle at Railroad Bridge Park is also the longest bridge over the raging Dungeness River.  The original wooden trestle had to be replaced by a new Dungness River Audubon Centersteel structure, but it’s still just as impressive as the original.

Dungeness River Audobon Center

Railroad Bridge Park is a popular destination for birding, as it is home to the Dungeness River Audobon Center.  The Audobon Center hosts spectacular exhibits of local birds and wildlife, and provides on-site environmental programs for adults and children. There are short river trails in the park, as well as restrooms, drinking water, picnic areas, and parking.  If you continue walking west from Railroad Bridge Park, you’ll soon find yourself wandering through some of Sequim’s scenic farmland.

We’re coming up on the 20th annual Dungeness River Festival on September 27 & 28, 2018. There are also guided Wednesday Bird Walks, and frequent community events at the Dungness River Audubon Center. It’s just one of the many incredible community resources we have available to us in Sequim.  Book your room at the Dungeness Bay Cottages this fall, and come explore this gem of a park with us.