Oregon June 07, 2017
The Hidden Beaches Road Trip That Will Show You Oregon Like Never Before
From top to bottom, the Oregon Coast is full to the brim with amazing places to explore. There’s so much to do and see, including plenty of hidden gem beaches that’ll blow you away. On a hot summer day, stumbling upon these 6 secret beaches is a downright magical experience—and when you put them all together they make for an unforgettable road trip. For a truly spectacular summer adventure, take this awesome hidden beaches road trip along the Oregon Coast.
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This road trip will require roughly 6 hours and 40 minutes of total driving time, and it can be split up over as many days and nights as you'd like. Here's a stop-by-stop breakdown of the itinerary, going from North to South:
1. Crescent Beach
The first stop on the road trip is the gorgeous Crescent Beach, a secluded beach hidden away near the popular Cannon Beach and Seaside Beach. Getting here requires a short, picturesque hike through the woods. When the trail opens up onto this pristine, sandy beach, you'll be left mesmerized.
2. Hug Point
If you take Highway 101 south from the Crescent Beach trailhead, you'll soon reach the wonderful Hug Point. Here you'll find a stunning beach, tide pools, a waterfall, and more. It's a perfect place to spend an afternoon lounging and exploring.
3. Short Sands Beach
As you continue south along Highway 101, you'll soon cross into the breathtaking Oswald West State Park. Nestled into the coastline here is Short Sands Beach, a beautiful sandy cove that can be reached by taking a short hike through the woods. This awesome beach is a great place for surfing, picnicking, relaxing by the water, hiking, and more.
4. Strawberry Hill
After leaving Short Sands Beach, you'll continue driving along Highway 101 as it curves its way past picturesque Oregon Coast towns and attractions like Neahkahnie Mountain and Manzanita. Just south of the charming town of Yachats you'll reach Strawberry Hill, a unique, rugged stretch of coastline that's less suited for swimming and sandcastles and more suited for exploring tide pools, watching wildlife, and more.
5. Hobbit Beach
Next on the itinerary is the wondrous Hobbit Beach, a secret sandy cove that can only be reached via an easy 1-mile trail through the woods that will truly make you feel like you've stepped into a landscape from the Lord Of The Rings. The beach itself is a fabulous place to spend a day walking, sightseeing, swimming, or just lounging in the sand.
6. Secret Beach
The last stop on the trip is the aptly-named Secret Beach. Located in the incredible yet little-known Samuel H Boardman State Scenic Corridor, Secret Beach is an amazing secluded beach that's home to enormous sea stacks, smooth sand, a waterfall, tide pools, and more.
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