The Cove at Seal Rock is adjacent and neighbor to the Seal Rock State Recreation Site.
Seal Rock State Recreation Site
Seal Rock State Wayside has large offshore rock formations that are the habitat of seals, sea lions, sea birds and other marine life. The wayside includes interesting tidepools as well as excellent ocean views and a sandy beach. Developed for day-use, the picnic area is in a pleasant stand of shore pine, spruce and salal. Vital stats: There is no fee to use this park. Seal Rock provides beach access and opportunities for beachcombing, hiking, fishing, viewing interpretive information, viewing marine wildlife and viewing beautiful coastal scenery. The area offers excellent photographic opportunities. Visit the park website.
Quail Street Beach
Quail Street Beach is a short walk south from The Cove and The Sanctuary . It is very secluded and has its own tide pools and other unique features including the original settlement of the Collins’ family marked by their stone chimney. A pair of Bald Eagles frequent the area searching for food along the shoreline. On an extreme low tide you will be amazed at the offerings found along this stretch of sand. Small signs on trees along the path indicate this is still a part of the State Park.
Low Tide Tidepools
Check the tide tables and be sure to walk down to the private cove and neighboring Seal Rock Cove for some amazing low tide tidepools and maybe a sighting of the local Harbor Seals. See our photos on the Photo Gallery page.
Brian Booth Park (formerly Ona Park and Beaver Creek Park)
Brian Booth Park (1.6 miles north of Seal Rock on Highway 101) now encompasses both Ona Park and Beaver Creek Park. Ona Park, on the west side of Highway 101, has all the facilities of a state park, including restrooms and picnic tables. A lot of grass, paved paths that are easily accessible from the paved parking lot. Beaver Creek is along the south side of Ona Park. Beach access is via a small wooden bridge that goes over Beaver Creek to the beach.
Beaver Creek Park, on the east side of Highway 101, has hiking trails. Kayaking is also done on Beaver Creek. Planning is underway to expand the hiking and camping facilities of the Beaver Creek Park area. Visit the park website.
Driftwood State Park
Driftwood State Park is found about 2 1/4 miles south of the village of Seal Rock. Due to the location of the headlands to the north and the Alsea Bay to the south, Driftwood Beach has a large accumulation of logs, limbs and giant tree stumps that wash up during heavy surf. The strong winds whip the sand into tiny sculptures and waves creating interesting landscapes and colorful agates can be found along the shoreline here as well. While these logs can be dangerous to play on, they make for a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity because you may return the next day to find them rearranged or gone altogether!
Driftwood Park is one of the few beaches where you can walk at high tide. While other beaches are completely covered with water, Driftwood Park always seems to have some space on which to walk.
Lost Creek State Recreation Site
Lost Creek State Park is located seven miles south of Newport, Oregon. The park is developed for picnicking and beach access. Great for beachcombing, whale watching and incredible sunsets.
South Beach State Park
Situated next to the Yaquina Bay Bridge, South Beach State Park begins in south Newport and stretches several miles down the coast. The paved jetty trail provides a perfect place to jog or ride a bicycle. Forgot your bike? The Hospitality Center rents out bikes daily during the summer months. Interested in plants? Stop by the Hospitality Center for a self-lead native plant hike brochure, a fun hike for all ages! They also offer interpretive programs, guided hikes, and JR Ranger activities every day throughout the summer months. Check out the “events” calendar on their website for a detailed program schedule.
Kayak tours are offered 7 miles south on Beaver Creek during July through labor-day weekend. Paddles, kayaks, and PFDs are provided, and our interpretive guides take guests on a peaceful 2.5 hour expedition up the pristine freshwater marsh. Please note: This year tours will begin at the Beaver Creek Welcome Center, 1 mile east of Ona Beach. For more information or to make a reservation, call:or visit the Beaver Creek Welcome Center. Reservations accepted starting June 1, please call between 10 AM – 4 PM.
Other activities around the park include fishing, crabbing, boating, surfing and beachcombing. Attractions nearby include the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, marine life exhibits at the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
South Jetty Newport
Adjacent to South Beach State Park, South Jetty offers access to the beach, fishing, clamming, surfing, scuba diving and (for the advanced) windsurfing when conditions permit.