Wilder gets you out in the wild
Disc golf, miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a park for the kids — even a brewery? The Wilder area of South Beach in Newport has a lot to offer
The Wilder Disc Golf Course is 18 holes and made possible by an agreement by the Wilder family, owners of the forest, with the City of Newport to provide outdoor recreation.
“Awesome course,” one reviewer has written. “I may be a bit prejudiced as I live on the coast but this course has a great layout with a wide variety of shots. It's long enough to challenge for long arms and also plenty of birdie opportunities for people like me with modest length off the tee. You will be treated with a challenging walk/hike in a pristine forest with huge trees and wonderful oxygen rich fresh air to breathe.”
The course features both wooded and open fairways. Set up among the spruce and hemlock of the coastal rainforest where wildlife like bald eagles is frequently seen, the course features cement tee pads, creative signage and even benches.
There are also miles of hiking trails and mountain biking trails through the Wilder Forest, some traveling deeply off the beaten path, others connecting to popular destinations like Hatfield Marine Science Center and Mike Miller Park.
While it is open to the public, each visitor needs to get a permit to be in the forest. The Wilder Disc Golf Course Facebook page has more information.
Wilder Twin Park is the ideal place to go with the youngsters to stretch out and climb, slide and run. Located at 625 SE 43rd Street, the park features slides, a jungle gym, and sawdust ground cover.
For four-legged youngsters, look no further than the nearby Wilder Dog Park. With plenty of room to frolic, the .7-acre facility has a transitional entry and exit corral and water spigots.
Relax after exploring the forest with a stop at Wolf Tree Brewery Taproom & Cafe. The business features an array of craft brews and special release brews, lunch, pub food and coffee. Friendly dogs are allowed in the outdoor seating area.