Let’s take a hike at Mike Miller!

While the coast is known for its sandy beaches and salty ocean air, just across Highway 101 lies a coastal forest just waiting to be explored

While the coast is known for its sandy beaches and salty ocean air, just across Highway 101 lies a coastal forest just waiting to be explored.

So, if you’re up for a quick hike through the trees, Newport has a number of stunning trails! Since COVID a lot of trails that are easily accessible to the public have been closed, this one has remained open. 

The Mike Miller Educational Trail will guide you between enormous evergreen trees while giving glimpses into the extraordinary ecosystem in one of the most productive forests in the world: the Northwest Coast Sitka Spruce Forest.

The trail includes 15 numbered posts that mark old beaches, logging sites, and railroads. A pamphlet with complete details about each of these sites can be found at www.co.lincoln.or.us/parks/page/mike-miller-park.

This trail is a one-mile long loop and takes about 45-minutes to walk through, but the elevation changes add a nice challenge to the hike. This trail is family and pet friendly (Please, keep your four-legged family member on a leash)! Bring the whole crew out to stretch their legs underneath the lush green forest.  

Mike Miller Park is located 1.2 miles south of the Yaquina Bay Bridge, on the east side of the highway. Vehicle parking and bike racks are provided.