Strait of Juan de Fuca Hwy 112

The remote Strait of Juan de Fuca Highway 112 winds along the magnificent shoreline of the narrow body of water that connects Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean with views of Vancouver Island.

Continuing westward on this route, you'll also encounter the Cape Flattery Tribal Byway which includes the fabulous Makah Tribal Museum and a boardwalk trail that leads to the westernmost edge of the lower 48 states where the Strait of Juan de Fuca meets the Pacific Ocean.


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1. Elwha Dam Removal Interpretive Kiosk

This self-guided center presents an overview of the largest dam removal and restoration project in the United States occurring on the nearby Elwha River. Nature trails lead from the parking lot to views of the Elwha River gorge and the former Elwha Dam site.

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2. Freshwater Bay County Park

Freshwater Bay County Park totals 21.07 acres and has 1,450 lineal feet of public tidelands. The lower picnic site, concrete launch ramp, sanikan, and beach access areas are open all year round. The upper secluded five-acre picnic area, surrounded by Western Red Cedar and ferns, and upper restroom is open May 15 through September 15 only. 

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3. Hwy 112 Whale Trail

Bring your binoculars and set your sites on frolicking pods and spouting blow holes. There’s a pretty good chance you’re going to see some action during the migration in the spring and fall.

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4. Salt Creek Recreation Area

Known world-wide for its tide pools, Salt Creek Recreation Area includes the Tongue Point Marine Life Sanctuary and Audubon Trail and hiking trails to Striped Peak. After leaving Salt Creek, drive west along Crescent Beach Road for views of the stunning beach and surf. The loop will take you to the town of Joyce and the photogenic, historical Joyce General Store

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5. Camp Hayden Artillery Camp

Camp Hayden served as a coastal artillery camp during WWII and the bunkers are still in place, and is named after Brigadier General John L. Hayden, the former commanding officer of the Puget Sound Harbor Defense.

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6. Joyce Museum

The original log train depot built in 1914 is home to the Joyce Museum.  Housing historical memorabilia from the towns of Joyce, Lake Crescent, Twin Rivers and the former town of Port Crescent you will find yourself surrounded by the rich history of the area.  The many displays of various artifacts is but a small part of what makes this museum stand out.  On shelves casually housing many historical books you can find nuggets of treasure that bring history to life.

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7. Joyce General Store

This historic building is the longest continually operating general store in Washington State. In 2011 it celebrated its 100th anniversary. The oiled floors, beaded ceiling, many of the fixtures and much more are originally from the Markham House Hotel at Port Crescent.

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8. Pillar Point County Park

Visit the interpretive panels to learn about the history of State Route 112, the important role that forestry played in its development and a display showcasing historic logging terms and photos. En route to Pillar Point County Park, notice the mosaic of the different growth stages of the working forest.

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9. Clallam Bay

Clallam Bay sits on the corner of the Olympic Peninsula and is known for it's rugged and pristine coastline and abundant marine life. Enjoy local activities like bird watching, fishing, and hiking. 

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10. Sekiu

Sekiu is a world-famous recreational fishing destination. Other recreational activities include hiking, kayaking, surfing, scuba diving and beachcombing. Bird watchers can find puffins, marbled murrelets, coastal birds, migrating swans, raptors and bald eagles. Marine species include Gray and humpback whales, orcas and sea otters.

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