~South Beach State Park, Newport, Oregon~

From our coach to the beach is only a short .25 mile walk. Every morning and evening we had our pick of  trails to hike. Some would take us to the beach, some to South Jetty, and some through the heavily wooded forest.

A short sandy trail to the ocean once you leave the paved trail.
A short sandy trail to the ocean once you leave the paved trail.
South Jetty in the distance
South Jetty in the distance
South Beach (entry from South Jetty).
South Beach (entry from South Jetty). Lots of horseback riders use this trail to ride on the beach.

The forest is filled with Sitka Pines, Huckleberry and Twin Berry bushes and numerous other species of plants. We enjoyed hiking all the many trails, but the heavily forested ones, following the ridge line high above the ocean and the campground, were our favorite. We didn’t bring our bikes on this trip and have been wishing we would have, because the park offers miles of paved biking trails.

Beautiful old growth trees!
Beautiful old growth trees!

The ocean never seems to tire of sending its cool breeze inland and with it cool temperatures. It has rarely been above 70 during the day, dipping down into the 50’s at night. With gorgeous sunny days, except for occasional clouds that seem to float in and out, we have enjoyed our visit in Newport, Oregon.

Fog rolling in this morning
Fog rolling in this morning

South Beach State Park is probably the largest state park we have ever stayed in with 225 electrical and water sites, 60 tent sites and 27 Yurts. For us it is a tad too big. If you plan a visit to South Beach State Park book your reservations early, because it is a very popular park and full most of the time.

At least it was colorful!
Sharing a trail. At least it was colorful!
Watching the waves!
Watching the waves!

 

A different view of the Yaquinta Bay Bridge
A different view of the Yaquinta Bay Bridge

South Beach is a beautiful state park, extremely well taken care of, as are all Oregon state parks, with lots to do in the surrounding area.

A visit to Hatfield Marine Science Center with my science guy!
A visit to Hatfield Marine Science Center with my science guy!

 

A fun place to visit!
A fun place to visit!

 

My Science Guy
My Science Guy

In the morning we say goodbye to South Beach State Park and head north on Hwy 101.

 

 

2 thoughts on “~South Beach State Park, Newport, Oregon~”

    1. We have found that a lot of Oregon State Parks have beautiful hiking/biking trails that go through old growth forests. You feel as if you are walking in a rain forest! Our favorite for hiking in the park and in the surrounding area was William Tugman State Park. Bandon, is my favorite, because of the beautiful beaches, the birding and the food!

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