Things to Do on the Oregon Coast
The rugged Oregon Coast beckons many to its shores and while many of our guests love to relax in their suite or Jacuzzi tub with iconic views, we understand the need to get out and explore it up close. There are a few different walking trails in Depoe Bay and our surrounding area, most of which double as scenic viewpoints. Hiking the Oregon Coast can be an amazing experience and one that you surely won’t want to miss.
Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint
Where the black, sharp lava rocks clearly define the intersection of sea and land, Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint offers a dramatic viewpoint that brings you close to the action. Hike amongst the forest of shore pines and gain front row seats to some of the best whale watching spots along the Oregon Coast.
Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint
This park captures the beauty of the Oregon Coast perfectly with its rocky terrain and unparalleled ocean views. Many visit the park for the ample photography options but have noted it’s an easy walk to the cliffs and around the surrounding area. This park will also be very popular during peak whale watching season. There are picnic and restroom facilities on-site.
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
An abundance of hiking trails await in the U.S. Forest Service’s Cape Perpetua Scenic Area in Yachats. There are 26 miles of hiking trails that vary from old growth forest to beach vista trails. See all the offerings at Cape Perpetua online.
At the south end of town, off of Shell Avenue is City Park. There are gazebos for outdoor picnics and charming bridges over little streams. If you head through the park you’ll encounter Nature Trail trailhead. The main trail is classified as easy, though there is a branch of the trail that’s steep for avid walkers or hikers.
Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area
Five miles south of Depoe Bay is the Devil’s Punchbowl, a natural phenomenon you won’t want to miss. There are scenic spots for photos and hiking trails in the area. The trail is easy and 1.1 miles roundtrip. There’s a longer hike beside the campground at Beverly Beach.
Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area
At one mile north of Depoe Bay, you’ll see where creek meets ocean and find wind-sheltered picnic areas. There’s also beach access from this park as well as wooden footbridges leading into the forest.Two notable trails to explore are Fishing Rock Trail and Fogarty Creek Loop.
Graham Street Scenic Lookout Trail
Located on the west side of Coast Avenue, this trail offers a spectacular ocean view at the end. This trail was built from the improvements to the Depoe Bay Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan in 2012. The plan includes several scenic trails to be added to the city with this being the first.
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