Dungeness Spit

This is the longest natural sand spit in the United States. It is located just north of Sequim on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, a key staging area for over 200 species of birds, encompasses the spit. Occasionally marine mammals, including Orca whales, are seen here. Sometimes harbor seals haul out and pup on the protected beach. Take care not to disturb any of the animals. The 631-acre refuge is open daily from dawn to dusk with access limited by foot or horseback only. Pets are not allowed. The New Dungeness Lighthouse, established in 1857, sits near the tip of the sandy hook and houses a small museum. The keeper offers a quick tour for those who make the 5.5-mile hike out. Adjacent to the spit is the Dungeness Recreation Area with 216 acres of shoreline to enjoy (pets on leashes are okay here). This is a popular destination for birdwatching, fishing and shellfishing, hiking and beachcombing. Picnicking and camping facilities are available in the Recreation Area.