South Beach State Park and the surrounding areas offer a variety of recreational opportunities. One of the most exciting additions to the program at South Beach: kayak tours. Folks who register for the activity will launch from nearby Ona Beach (5 miles south) and spend two hours exploring the fascinating Beaver Creek area with a guide. Other activities around the park include fishing, crabbing, boating, windsurfing and beachcombing. Attractions nearby include the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, marine life exhibits at the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. These are just a few of the opportunities you will encounter when you visit and explore the central Oregon coast.

1 month ago

I love this trail, but surely I am biased as I did this trail several times a week with my prior dog.Bobbi did a through review, I'll add that much of the path gets muddy if there has been a solid rain; the Emery branch is dark and can be very muddy but is nice it is own spooky way. The elevations are like rooted stairways, good agility practice if you like trail running.

on Old Jetty Trail

1 month ago

The path is single file, fairly flat and smooth except for a few roots. The South entrance is through the Shore Pines and progresses into tall Salal bushes and Wax Myrtles, then as you approach the North end the Evergreen Huckleberries start to fill in (best flavor in the Fall) The North end of the trail becomes more sandy and terminates on the road to the South Jetty; you can cut over to the ocean if you prefer a loop. When it is too windy on the beach, the dune sheltered trail is a nice option.

As advertised, but if you do the complete loop. It is closer to 3.0 miles around the perimeter. Well maintained and a good trail for everyone.

Nice trail. There are a couple of adjoining trails also but I didn't take either of them. Super close to south beach state park, which also has good trails. Trailhead is marked but didn't see signage from 101. On SE 50th street , east from 101.

Great trail! It took us about an hour to do, taking a few pictures along the way and also watched a couple eagles. It might be rated “easy” if you are younger. For a senior I’d rate it as moderate. There is some elevation and the entire trail is full of roots growing through it. It is very navigable, though, and there are benches placed throughout if you want to stop and take a break. Beautiful scenery everywhere!

Great trail! As good as it gets. Great educational tool for children.

7 months ago

Suuny day today hiking along the coast.

Great short hike.

This trail is one of my favorites. It’s an easy walk through the Forrest near the community college. It’s well maintained and has bridges and benches.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Great easy walking trail for all ages!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Easy chill trail. The newer one is paved and ride a bike on it. The old trail not bad at all.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Beautiful trail, that wanders around the entire campground at South Beach. We hiked early in the morning on June 17 and were met with a bunch of mosquitoes, so plan for some hearty bug spray early in the summer season.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Easy little trail with so much to see! There were no pamphlets on the trail, but you can download a PDF version online.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A fine paved trail for a walk with little grade and great for bicycle (rentals at the park hospitality shop).

nature trips
Monday, July 25, 2016

As someone who lives in Newport, this little trail is a great asset to the town! It provides an easy nature getaway to escape to after work. The mosquitoes do enjoy this area as well so make sure you come prepared!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Hus and I took a walk with our pug along the water and spotted this trail and went for it. The only downfall is the patches of mosquitoes you will walk through. So spray yourself with bug repellent or be ready to swat each other down to get rid of the pesky buggers. We were mainly going to get all the Pokéstops since we are playing Pokémon go :) but the trail was great! It is paved but there are side trails that you can also take. We didn't make it quite all the way to the beach on an off trail since my pug doesn't do "off roading" bahaha. Great trail!!! We definitely had a good walk 3 miles round trip from our hotel to the end of our walk and back. Next time we will leave our puggy with the in laws and see how far we can go :)

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Great. I'd definitely do it again.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Great for even our 5 year old!!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Trail id paved, but you can also take the "Old Jetty Trail", which is dirt and more scenic. Both are great for walks.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Nice paved trail, 1 mile each way, easy for anyone. The trees protect the trail from the wind so even on a windy day it would be a nice walk.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Very pretty with lots of trees and shade. My 4 year old loved exploring and watching squirrels and birds. Great little hike for anyone!

Monday, May 04, 2015

This trail is paved and boring (for me), but the Old Jetty Trail is pretty much right next to it and is far prettier. You are in the trees and off of the pavement, and the trail is still nice and easy to walk on.

I made my way to the beach from the boardwalk and walked to the jetty, and decided I wanted to go to the end of the jetty itself. I didn't see the "danger, don't do what you just did" signs until I was back to the parking lot just east of the jetty so if you decide to do the same thing just know that it really is dangerous. It starts out easy and flat, then you start jumping from rock to rock, and then you start climbing from giant boulder with gaping caverns underneath to another giant boulder. If you slip, you will be jacked. I don't know how people did that while carrying all their fishing gear, because there were two guys at the very end fishing.

Once I got to the lot by the jetty I went back on the paved trail and hiked back to my car. Walking through the sand dunes was pretty, but the main South Jetty Trail is pretty meh although I was thankful for it after all of that climbing and jumping.

Monday, February 16, 2015

My preference is for the Old Jetty Trail that parallels this one. South Jetty is a paved, wide trail with side roads to the beach, other trails, and the campground. Old Jetty starts near by and is marked by a sign. It is single track in spots and meanders unpaved under the cover of the forest. Occasionally it crosses one of the paved side roads of South Jetty. Along the route, you can find animal crossings/trails, mushrooms of all sorts, and always hear the ocean just over the dune. A great alternative to the paved route.

Monday, February 16, 2015

I really enjoyed my hike around Mike Miller. Contrary to the map posted here, it is a loop. By car from Newport, I followed the sign off the 101 to a curve in the site street. A small parking area and opening in the brush made it clear where to go.
The trail was smooth and packed. I downloaded the PDF available from the Newport Parks website. It made my trip that much more enjoyable. Don't expect to see any people. I didn't see one person on the trail. I saw more wildlife here than anywhere else I've been so far though. Expect to travel through many different frost ecosystems as you move through different bends and hills. A superb, peaceful trail.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Easy loop trail that begins in the Cooper Ridge Village of South Beach State Park.

Monday, July 28, 2014

I stayed at the yurts in Cooper Ridge Village. Nice campground. They also have some nice trails that lead to the ocean.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

this is a noce little trail that is great combined with another hike in the area

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A cute and scenic trail that can be very muddy after a rain! Beautiful, tall trees sway and creak in the breeze above a lagoon filled with Newts. Watch out for the adorable, little Salamanders on the trail. A great place to suck in some extremely fresh air on a medium-easy, one mile loop that will get you breathing a little if you're not the adventurous type...and loving the incredible freshness!

BTW - The Emery Trail that Bobbi writes about in her excellent description leads back to NE 50th st down the road from the parking area.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Check out the "South Jetty Trail" that can be accessed from here. There's a better description there.

road biking
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I love to bike on this trail! All the paved pathway you want and the opportunity to ride a bark chip, off road path too. Your choice! Plenty of pull offs, even one bike rack, if you want to head over the dunes to the beach. If you're staying at South Beach State Park you can walk or ride your bike from the campground all the way under the Yaquina Bay Bridge (via the jetty trail and road) to the Rouge ale house and brewery! Easily! Not to mention the South Beach Marina, Oregon Coast Aquarium and Hatfield Marine Science center, (which is free,) are easily accessed in this way too. If you're staying at a hotel in South Beach just ride or walk over towards the bridge and marina. Under the bridge, around the marina and next to the Rogue brewery is where the paved path starts and leads along the jetty to the trail or the beach. It's a beautiful ride, relaxed and great. Fresh sea air, Harbor Seals, scenic views, fishing/crabbing pier, paved paths, light traffic, I love it.

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