Hiking is a fun and healthy way to see much of the natural beauty that exists in the Newport area. There are several trails to enjoy at Yaquina Head, as well as the educational trail system at Mike Miller Park. And for the ambitious hiker, there are also a number of excellent choices just to the south of us at the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. Below are some of our favorites.
At the north end of Newport, the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area provides visitors with an accessible wildlife and ocean viewing location featuring birds, whales, seals, and tidepooling. For more information, visit www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/yaquina/index.php.
This trail along the southern edge of the headland to the historic lighthouse is wheelchair accessible. Along the way, watch for harbor seals lounging on the rocks.
This relatively short but steep trail makes switch-backs to the top. Along the trail and from the top of "the big hill" are some of the nest views around south to Newport, out to the Pacific, and the forest to the east.
A walk up Communications Hill presents a completely different community- a shore pine and Sitka spruce forest. Chipmunks, chickadees, and wrens are fairly common. The Coast Guard maintains navigation communications equipment on top of the hill.
Following the crest of Yaquina Head's southern edge, this trail connects the Ocean Bluff Observation Area and Quarry Cove. You'll have terrific views south to Agate and Nye Beaches.
This trail runs from Big Creek Park west through the Agate Beach wayside tunnel and on to Agate Beach. It includes boardwalks and bridges through forested areas and over the winding creek. State Park restrooms are located at the wayside. Corner of NE Harney Dr. and NE Big Creek Rd. Newport, OR 97365
This trail will take you through a slice of one of the most productive and unique forests in the world, the Northwest Coast Sitka spruce forest. To get there, travel 1.2 miles south of Yaquina Bay Bridge in Hwy 101 to NE 50th St. Proceed approximately 1/4 mile. Mike Miller Park is located on the north side of the road, with an informational kiosk posted at the trailhead.
Directions: From Newport drive south 7 miles, turning left on Beaver Creek Road. Follow for about 1.5 miles until you reach the visitor center on the right. From the visitor center there are a variety of trails to hike ranging in distance from .2 miles to 7 miles. The Overlook trail is ADA, Wheelchair accessible, offering great views of the marsh and hills. If you plan to hike through the marsh, bring your rain boots, in the summer they may not be necessary.
Directions: Cape Perpetua is located in Yachats between Newport and Florence along Highway 101.
This is the loop from the Interpretive Center, under Highway 101, through wind-sculpted vegetation, past an old CCC camp, Indian shell middens and tide pools. At high tide the Spouting Horn can be observed across Cook's Chasm. Paved, easy walk.
This trail takes you past Cape Cove Beach connecting the Captain Cook Trail to the Trail of Restless Waters.
This loop from the Devil's Churn parking area, past Devil's Churn along the lava rocks and tide pools to join the Cape Cove Trail 0.7-mile from the Interpretive Center. Watch for sneaker waves. Wheelchair accessible to ocean overlook. Paved, but steep trail.
This is a 2.0 miles round trip from the Interpretive Center to the 500 year-old "Giant Spruce". The trail parallels Cape Creek and goes through old growth forest with lush ferns, skunk cabbage, and the sound of birds.
Take a 2.6 miles round trip from the Interpretive Center to the viewpoint. The switch-backed trail climbs the south face of Cape Perpetua and affords some excellent views of the Pacific Ocean. A 600-foot change in elevation occurs from the trail's lowest point to the top of the Cape.
A 0.25-mile loop from the Viewpoint Road (Rd. 5553) parking lot or a 2.25-mile drive from the Interpretive Center. Great Ocean views from the highest point on the Oregon Coast. Trail goes to CCC-built stone promontory and West Shelter.
This loop begins at the Interpretive Center. This trail overlooks the rocky shoreline and ties into the Gwynn Creek and Cummins Creek Loop trails.
This trail begins at the top of the upper parking lot and goes around the Discovery Loop.
This is a 1.0-mile loop from the Interpretive Center on the Cook's Ridge Trail. Travels through a variety of forest stages.
This is a 10-mile loop from the Interpretive Center up Cook's Ridge Trail to Cummins Creek Trail, down to the Oregon Coast Trail and back to the Interpretive Center. The trail has ocean views and goes through old growth and open meadows. The Cummins Creek Trail also loops back on itself to provide an alternative opportunity (6.25 miles) for mountain bikers and hikers.
This trail traverses steep hillsides to a grassy meadows that overlooks the Pacific Ocean
Directions: From Newport, travel north on Hwy 101 through Lincoln City. After the junction of Hwy 101 and Hwy 18, travel north 3.3 miles to Forest Service Road 1861, west of Hwy 101. The trailhead is located at the end of the road, approximately 4 miles.
This trail has a unique feature of a 240 foot suspension bridge that overviews a 75 foot free flowing waterfall with a birds eye view of the surrounding tree canopies.
Directions: From Newport, travel north on Hwy 101. Off Hwy 101 south of Lincoln City, north of Salishan, travel east on Drift Creek Road, right on South Drift Creek Road 1/4 mile. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 17. Stay on Forest Service Road 17 to trailhead, approximately 10 miles.
Directions: From Newport, travel north on Hwy 101 through Lincoln City. Just north of the Salmon River, turn west on Three Rocks Road. After 2 miles, take the left fork and park in Knight Park. The trailhead is across the street. The trail crosses through private and US Forest Service property and over a narrow winding road. Please use caution and respect private property.
Directions: From Newport, travel north on Hwy 101 through Lincoln City 2.4 miles north of they Salmon River, turn left on Cascade Head Road (USFS Road 1861.) Continue 4 miles, bearing left when the road forks. The upper trailhead is marked by a small parking lot sigh. At the upper viewpoint, the trail drops steeply to connect with the lower trail.