Local Attractions
19 Jul 2017
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NATURE TRAIL

“City Park is located at the bottom of Shell Avenue, at the south end of town. From Highway 101, head east on Schoolhouse Road for just a few feet. Immediately turn left and head down Shell Avenue. At the bottom of the hill, turn right in the harbor parking lot and head east to City Park.

At the far end of the grass in City Park is the Nature Trail trail head, where residents and visitors alike can enjoy a quiet and peaceful walk along the meandering trail. For younger and/or more energetic folks, one branch of the trail climbs a bit steeply for about a quarter mile, and has an optional street exit or you can return down the hillside and re-join the main trail.”

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DEVIL’S PUNCH BOWL

“Surfers and surf watchers energize this area! During winter storms, water from the restless ocean slams with a thundering roar into a hollow rock formation shaped like a huge punch bowl. The surf churns, foams, and swirls as it mixes a violent brew. The punch bowl was probably created by the collapse of the roof over two sea caves, then shaped by wave action. The park is a popular whale watching site and displays an intriguing geology. This is a scenic picnic spot atop the undulating rocky shoreline. Don’t forget to explore the tide pools on the north side of the punch bowl!”

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FISHING ROCK

“The Lincoln Beach area, straddled between Gleneden Beach and Depoe Bay, is a bit of an off-the-beaten path secret in this part of the central Oregon coast. But within this stretch, there’s a very hidden beach access – a kind of secret within the secret.

Fishing Rock State Park is undoubtedly one of the smaller parks in the state park system, although it winds up a somewhat sprawling experience to meander through. You find it off an obscure side road off this part of 101 – a section of the highway that doesn’t afford you views of the ocean, so cool stuff can be hidden behind the trees and homes. At the end of the road, a small parking lot gives access to a short trail. Don’t be fooled by the other trails wiggling in and around the thick brush: you’ll just get lost. They usually dead-end rather quickly.

Once out on this headland, you’re privy to wondrous views of quite a variety: tumbling, rambunctious seas that crash on the rocks, the intricate, ocean-carved shore just to the south, and the quiet sands of Lincoln Beach to the north. And there’s even more to see.”

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