Walks: Beach

Walks that feature easy beach access

Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area

Although three of Oregon’s seven coastal counties boast sea stacks dubbed Haystack Rock, the water encircled boulder at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area is distinguished by a keyhole on its north face.  Also known as Chief Kiawanda Rock, it is the tallest of the Haystack… 

Rockaway Beach Wayside

It was serendipitous…the quest for a pit stop between Cape Lookout and Tolovana Beach landed us at Rockaway Beach Wayside.  I soon concluded that if I lived anywhere near Rockaway Beach, this would be my go-to place for walking and lunching.  It was obvious that… 

Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site

A trip to Cannon Beach is not complete without a close up view of its most prominent sea stack, Haystack Rock.  Visible in the distance from Ecola State Park and not far from the southern end of downtown Cannon Beach, Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site… 

Carter Lake and Taylor Lake

This pair of lesser-known central Oregon coast lakes reside near Carter Lake Campground, decorating the periphery of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.  Taylor Lake, a lop-sided horseshoe tucked between the highway and the dunes within a thick swath of trees, is viewed by traversing… 

Bandon South Jetty County Park

A charming, bustling duck and goose pond and a cross-river view of the Coquille River lighthouse are sights en route to Bandon South Jetty County Park.  Once there, the man-made jetty, a hooting mechanical light beacon, a panoramic expanse of ocean, as well as views… 

Heceta Beach

My husband and I most recently visited Heceta Beach on a pristine summer day.  Warm sunshine and only the lightest breezes ruffling our hair made it T-shirts and shorts weather – infrequent but fabulous conditions for the Oregon coast.  The soft purr of nearby waves…