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Amiable little Brinnon takes its name from pioneer settler Elwell P. Brinnon, who homesteaded here in 1860. The town is tucked into the tidal marshlands bordering Hood Canal near the mouth of the Dosewallips River; Roosevelt elk inhabit this area and occasionally can be seen foraging. Rocky Brook Falls, 3 miles west on Dosewallips Road, is a beautiful 125-foot waterfall and a bit of a local secret. A short, unsigned and unpaved quarter-mile trail leads to the base of the falls from the road at the 3-mile marker immediately west of the bridge; it's worth the hike.
Dosewallips State Park, just south of town at 306996 US 1, straddles the mouth of its namesake river and offers a mile of saltwater shoreline on Hood Canal. The park's meadows were once pioneer homesteads, and old logging rail beds are still visible. The tidelands offer good geoduck clamming. Although not the most pleasant conditions for humans, the prime time for digging occurs during minus tides on midwinter nights. Shellfish digging regulations are posted in the park; phone (360) 796-4415.
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