South Beach

  • Easy (Estuary Trail)
  • 0.7 mile one way
  • No elevation gain

  • Easy (Mike Miller Trail)
  • 1-mile loop
  • 100 feet elevation gain

  • Easy (to South Jetty)
  • 2-mile loop
  • No elevation gain

These three short trails just south of Newport visit an estuary, an old-growth forest, and a jetty. The paths are easy enough that you can hike all of them in an afternoon. But pick just one if you’re hiking with kids or if you’re planning to round out the day with a visit to one of the aquariums here. Bicycles are limited to roads and paved paths in South Beach State Park.

The easiest of the three hikes traces the edge of Yaquina Bay’s estuary. Drive to …

To try a 1-mile loop through an old-growth coastal forest, drive …

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Oregon Coast & Coast Range.