Explore the most popular trails in Sunset 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.

Situated in one of the most scenic areas on the Oregon coast, Sunset Bay State Park features beautiful sandy beaches protected by towering sea cliffs. Only a short walk from the beach, the campground has sites for tent camping and RV's, as well as cozy and comfortable yurts. Day-use and picnic facilities are located along the bay to allow easy access for beachcombing, fishing, swimming, and boating. A network of hiking trails connects Sunset Bay with nearby Shore Acres and Cape Arago State Parks. Hiking these trails will give you a chance to experience pristine coastal forests, seasonal wildflowers and spectacular ocean vistas from atop the rugged cliffs and headlands. From points along the trail, you'll be treated to views of Gregory Point and the Cape Arago lighthouse.

Beautiful hike! The trails were well kept and the views were amazing! I hiked on a Tuesday morning and it wasn't super busy so I felt like I had the whole trail to myself. I loved everything about it!

really pretty, very short

Easy access, flat, cool and shady with breathtaking views at the end of the trail

hiking
25 days ago

great views near shore acres so, might be worth starting there

Absolutely beautiful! The weather was nice and sunny not much wind at all.

This is not a trail—closed to public with sign and fence.

Breathtaking scenery, easy trails!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful scenic views, such a great little hike! I highly recommend this walk to the ocean and lighthouse views!

hiking
1 month ago

I would recommend starting the trail early in the day. I began at 10:00 AM and finished at 2:00 PM. The trail is not always clearly marked, however after you see Simpson Beach, listen for the sea lions barking and you know you are headed the right way!! When I arrived at Simpson Reef I wasn’t sure if I should take the pack trail or stick with the road. I opted for the pack trail and then ended up on a dirt road and a camp site. Take the dirt road down and then you will end up at Cape Arago!

A breathtaking hike with quintessential Oregon Coast flavor. Don’t miss it!

This is a stunning hike. Hikers with dogs should note that you can walk the Oregon Coast Trail behind the formal gardens in Shore Acres although all signs say that dogs are not allowed in the park.

stunning views of the coast line. parts of the trail through the forest are not well marked.

Amazing views of coast, forest, and of sea lions and seals. This trail was had a clear path, but the signage was poor, and we got confused several times looking for the correct trail, crossing the highway, and near the lookouts.

Great beach for kids.

nice beach

Beautiful views once you get on the trail. It lies between the ocean and the road, and parts are in the forest. It has a few nice lookout points as well.

Nice views especially of sunset. Doesn't need much time, can continue on to a longer hike nearby.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

The trail it’s self is fun and winds along the coat line and into the timber and across a few meadows. With several other state parks along the way it would have been nice for the signs to be better, well there really aren’t any signs at all. But with an ocean on one side and a road on the other for 75 % you can’t really get lost.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

beautiful scenery!

This is the first trail I had done on the Oregon Coast and man it was so worth the hike.. Beautiful scenery and just amazing views all around...

My 7 yr old grandson and I did a round trip hike from Shore Acres to Simpson Reef wayside. 3 hrs round trip. Beautiful hike.

What’s not to love? Crashing waves to the west and old forests to the east, you wind your way along cliffs and coastal trails to the rhythm of constantly changing vistas. The trails are quite easy and good for all age groups. Best of all, you’ll encounter only moderate pedestrian traffic while you enjoy tranquility and good exercise. Take along a day pack with water and some snacks, but please leave it clean and leave behind no litter.

Absolutely amazing trail, right out of National Geographic! Spring time, marvel at the pups sunning themselves at mid trail point. Whales can be seen year round. Trails well kept, a surprise around each bend! Benches provided to rest and for over 30 crowd, convinient stop point to apply numbing cream to knees! Winter brings huge swells, the pacific flexes her muscles, shows us who is boss! Very easy trail, so many distractions along the way, making it fun and healthy!

This is one of my all-time favorite hikes! Yesterday I hiked from Cape Arago to Sunset Bay and back. I hiked trails down to the beach twice. My FitBit showed 8.75 miles and 68 flights of stairs. It doesn’t get more beautiful than this trail! From the views of the cliffs, the sea lions and whales, the forrests and the stunning Botanical Gardens located halfway at Shore Acres.....this hike will not disappoint!!!

Great views! The trail can be rough with roots and is well marked.

So scenic!!! Great hike

camping
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Great walk along the cliff’s today.

hiking
Friday, June 08, 2018

This is definitely one of my favorite trails I've ever been to! Park at the South parking lot of sunset bay along cape arago highway, cross over the small footbridge in the parking lot and head south! The trail isn't extremely well marked, but as long as you hug the coast line you'll be ok. If you feel lost at any time, it's pretty simple to either go towards the coast, or the road. ..I do believe at one point, you must walk along the roadside to get to the next portion, shortly in between the start of where you're almost at the gardens. We didn't even make it to cape arago park on the southern most area, although we did see the lighthouse so that part was a little confusing as well. Keep your eye out for baby seals and sea lions and their families! they almost blend right into the rocks so if you don't look carefully, you may not even see em! the garden was lovely. This whole place was gorgeous, and so is Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston, and the rest of our beautiful Oregon Coast. If you only have time for one trail in Oregon, make it this one!!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Did the portion of the hike that stretches from Simpson Reef to Shore Acres. It's an easy hike with spectacular views!

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