Explore the most popular trails in Nehalem Bay State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Imagine waking up to the song of the seagull, spending your afternoon on a kayak trip around Nehalem Bay, then taking a short walk over the dunes to the beach. There you'll sit with a blanket and watch the sun set over the ocean in the shadow of Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain. Finally, snuggle down for the night while the ocean waves sing you a lullaby. This is Nehalem Bay State Park. Many visitors find the serenity of Nehalem Bay State Park to be the most attractive feature. If you look closer you'll find a lot of ways to keep busy, though. Crabbing and fishing on Nehalem Bay are popular. For a breathtaking view of the bay, fitness and wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the 1.75 mile bike trail that circles the park airplane landing strip. Along this route and in the campground itself, you're likely to see deer grazing, a herd of elk, or a coyote crossing the road. The park is also graced with a variety of birds. Fine dining and local boutiques in the neighboring communities of Manzanita and Nehalem offer a change of scenery from the park setting. Afternoon or moonlit walks on the beach and down to the end of the jetty enhance the serenity of this park. Make Nehalem Bay State Park a planned destination in your vacation schedule.

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3 months ago

Paved loop was fun to walk dog and bike as well. Beach access during low tide made for pretty Picts

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4 months ago

Nice morning hike mixed trail gravel, packed sand and a little soft sand. Lots of evidence of large game.

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4 months ago

Great walk foe exercise. Level groveled trail on bay side

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5 months ago

Easy trail, all paved, fun walk for our dog! There was a $5 day pass required to access the park. Well worth it! Doggie potty bags are provided, but it seems that many people don’t know how to use them.

Easy paved trail.

Leisurely stroll. All paved. Good looks off the south point of the loop

hiking
Sat Jan 12 2019

Not the best trail I’ve been on in the area but nonetheless a cool setting to see once.

walking
Mon Sep 03 2018

it was boring. 5.2 miles straight out and back. the end was where your pot of gold was but the trail itself was simply a walking path, couldn't even see the ocean. We veered off into the dunes on what appeared to be a horse trail and found the beach which was much more fun and exciting. This trail would be great for mountain bikers or horses but for walkers/hikers wanting to enjoy the journey, not the destition, not so good.

I wouldn’t bother with this trail. It’s super sandy and not interesting.

backpacking
Wed May 30 2018

Cool area at mouth of Nehalem river with a rich cultural history along OCT. hiker/biker camp is just ok....

hiking
Wed Dec 13 2017

Really pretty & well maintained.

Wide trail full of horses and dogs. It's a nice trail. The beach/ jetty is crowded with large chunks of driftwood and sections are blocked off for currently nesting birds

Easy walking on flat ground, to a nicely secluded beach. Didn't see a soul on the trail or beach, just went out in Mid-April. Seals playing in the surf and there was a Bald Eagle flying the beach, which was super rad.

Easy stroll on flat land. We went in mid March and pretty much had the place to ourselves. Offered us a view of some cheeky seals as well as a bald eagle near the jetty. The inland part of the hike is also a nice departure from the windy walk along the water. This hike is certainly worth doing once.

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Sat Dec 24 2016

Incredible views during the winter! highly recommend seeing the sunset on the beach. We walked out along the spit trail and back along the beach to the right.

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Sat May 03 2014

Nice little hike out to nehalem spit. The second time we went we saw seals. Lots of wild flowers and a nice break from the breezy beach.

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Sat Mar 22 2014

This works well if you hike out on the beach the join the trail on the end if the spit for the return, to avoid walking into the wind and also for contrasting landscape. Very quiet, I only saw some folks out on horseback.

on Nehalem Bay Trail Loop

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on Nehalem Spit Trail

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