Bayocean Spit Trail

Barview, Oregon

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In 1906 a real estate broker from Kansas City envisioned a second Atlantic City on the sand spit separating Tillamook Bay from the Pacific Ocean. By 1914 as many as 600 building lots had been sold in what was called Bay Ocean Park, and it was becoming a bustling community. But the unstable spit couldn’t support the development. Lots began eroding steadily, and in 1950 the last house on the spit washed into the sea. Today Bayocean Spit belongs to hikers, mountain bikers, and bird-watchers who wander the beach or the forested bayside trail. A couple of campsites near the tip (protected from the wind by groves of trees) offer relatively remote overnight camping.
Day Hiking: Oregon Coast

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Day Hiking: Oregon Coast

by Bonnie Henderson (The Mountaineers Books)

In 1906 a real estate broker from Kansas City envisioned a second Atlantic City on the sand spit separating Tillamook Bay from the Pacific Ocean. By 1914 as many as 600 building lots had been sold in what was called Bay Ocean Park, and it was becoming a bustling community. But the unstable spit couldn’t support the development.

Lots began eroding steadily, and in 1950 the last house on the spit washed into the sea. Today Bayocean Spit belongs to hikers, mountain bikers, and bird-watchers who wander the beach or the forested bayside trail. A couple of campsites near the tip (protected from the wind by groves of trees) offer relatively remote overnight camping.

©  Bonnie Henderson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Barview
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Tillamook Chamber of Commerce
Topo Map: Bayocean Spit Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Day Hiking: Oregon Coast Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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