IRON SPRINGS ACTIVITES
While you may be content to just relax on your deck from sunup till sunset, there are many other activities to enjoy at or near Iron Springs.
HIKING AT IRON SPRINGS RESORT
Iron Springs is home to lovely beaches as well as tranquil forest trails throughout the resort. Feel free to wander along Boone Creek out to the Pacific. Walk down the beach to view the stunning Copalis Rock at low tide or search for treasures. You can also meander on the Iron Springs Walking Loop or Trail to see some spectacular stumps and second growth trees and soak up the peaceful silence of the woods. The inland walks are just a little over a mile, and the easy access to beach and forest make hiking a pleasure to enjoy with your whole family. Ask for more information and a map at the Office.
EXPERIENCE FISHING & SHELLFISHING
Iron Springs is located in the Mocrocks beach area and offers easy access to clamming and fishing. Check the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife site for details.
ENJOY BIRD WATCHING
Our region tends to attract birders from all over the country. Many come to search out sea birds on the open sea boat trip out of Westport, while others take in birding in Ocean Shores. Hoquiam, WA is home of the nationally recognized Shorebird Festival. Hundreds of thousands of shorebirds migrate from Central and South America to the Arctic each spring, stopping at the nutrient rich mud flats of the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge to refuel and rest.
EXPLORE PARKS AND BEACHES
Griffiths-Priday Ocean State Park is a 364-acre marine park with 8,316 feet of saltwater shoreline on the Pacific Ocean and 9,950 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Copalis River. The park extends from the beach through low dunes to the river, then north to the river’s mouth. The Copalis Spit natural area, a designated wildlife refuge, is also part of the park. http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=Griffiths-Priday
THE HOH RAIN FOREST is one of the more popular trails in the Olympic National Park. Its fame is more than local; the Hoh Rain Forest is a world heritage site, one of the great temperate rain forests. In August, it is interesting to come and hear all the foreign languages spoken as one walks along the trail. The great trees, firs and cedars, the lush ferns and the fascinating mosses are the main attractions. This is true rain forest with ferns, vines and mosses growing out of the trees, making them look like the trees in Disney’s animated Tarzan. http://www.kaleberg.com/portangeles/hoh.html
VISIT A LOCAL MUSEUM
Museum of the North Beach: Displays at our museum include: Quinault Indian basket weavers from Taholah, the M.R. Smith Lumber Mill and the NPRY depot in Moclips, the Aloha Lumber Company in Aloha, the Naval Facility at Pacific Beach, the cabins of Dorothy Anderson and Norah & Sarge Berg of Ocean City, the railroad house at Copalis Crossing, the Finnish settlers of Oyehut, the beginnings of Ocean Shores including Ginny Simms and Pat Boone, and the transportation methods used along the beach from Pt. Brown to Tahola h. http://www.Moclips.org/
PADDLE TO THE GHOST FOREST
The banks of the Copalis River feature one of the best examples of a ‘Ghost Forest’. A massive earthquake killed this forest of red cedars and spruce trees on January 26, 1700. Since you can only reach the ghost forest by canoe or kayak, be sure to bring your boat! (There are no boats available for rental in the immediate area or at Iron Springs.) http://www.nwnature.net/earthscope/copalis.htm
STOP BY A LOCAL FARM
There are currently over 400 farms in the county, utilizing about 4 percent of the county’s 1,917 square miles of land. (Over 88 percent of the county’s land is in forest.) The 29 growers shown on this map will sell product directly to you.