Yaquina Bay State Park and Lighthouse

Newport, Oregon 97366

Yaquina Bay State Park and Lighthouse

Yaquina Bay State Park and Lighthouse Professional Review and Guide

"This route explores the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, built in 1871. After exploring the lighthouse you’ll take a stroll on a long sandy beach to the historic Nye Beach District in Newport, which is host to the Newport Visual Arts Center and fun shops. Trail surface: Paved path, steps, sandy beach.

The Yaquina Bay State Recreation Area covers thirty-six acres and is located on the north side of Yaquina Bay in Newport.This popular and often crowded park is filled with paved walking paths, picnic areas, and interpretive signs that describe the history of the area. From the parking area walk across the paved entrance road and climb a series of steps to the 40-foot-tall Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, perched at a high point on a short bluff. Built in 1871 the lighthouse served as the entrance light to Yaquina Bay and is the last wooden lighthouse remaining in Oregon."

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"The Oregon coast’s two premier marine science interpretive centers are both located along the south shore of Yaquina Bay. Linking the two is a paved trail winding along the edge of the bay.

Interpretive signs describe the dynamics of the estuarine system and identify many of its inhabitants; two observation shelters allow you unobtrusively to watch the passing bird show. Use the path as an alternative to driving between the two centers, or add a short nature walk to a visit to one or both."

"This route explores the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, built in 1871. After exploring the lighthouse you’ll take a stroll on a long sandy beach to the historic Nye Beach District in Newport, which is host to the Newport Visual Arts Center and fun shops.

The Yaquina Bay State Recreation Area covers thirty-six acres and is located on the north side of Yaquina Bay in Newport.This popular and often-crowded park is filled with paved walking paths, picnic areas, and interpretive signs that describe the history of the area."

"In 1871 a lighthouse was built at the entrance to Yaquina Bay, the first lighthouse north of the Umpqua River on the Oregon coast. Three years later it was mothballed when the more effective Yaquina Head Lighthouse went into service just up the coast. Between them stretch 3.5 miles of beach.

Both lighthouses are accessible by car and are open for tours, daily in summer at this writing. If you’re not in a rush, consider walking from one to the other, on what served as the main coastal highway in the 1870s and for several decades thereafter."

"The Oregon Coast's two premier marine science interpretive centers are both located along the south shore of Yaquina Bay. Linking the two is a paved trail winding along the edge of the bay.

Use the path as an alternative to driving between the two centers, or add a short nature walk on to a visit to one or both."

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Trail Information

Newport
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
2.9
Distance
90 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
1.5 to 2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Hiking
Additional Use

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Oct 2018