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Beverly Beach State Park. Seven miles north of Newport, this beachfront park extends from Yaquina Head, where you can see the lighthouse, to the headlands of Otter Rock. It's a great place to fly a kite, surf the waves, or hunt for fossils. The campground is well equipped, with a wind-protected picnic area and a yurt meeting hall. It has 53 full hookups ($26), 75 electrical ($26), 128 tent sites ($21), a hiker/biker camp ($6), and 21 yurts ($40). U.S. 101, Newport, OR, 97365. 541/265–9278 or 800/551–6949. www.oregonstateparks.org. Free. Daily.
Devil's Punch Bowl State Natural Area. A rocky shoreline separates the day-use from the surf. It's a popular whale-watching site and has excellent tidal pools. U.S. 101, 9 miles north of Newport, Newport, OR, 97369. 541/265–9278 or 800/551–6949. www.oregonstateparks.org. Free. Daily.
South Beach State Park. Fishing, crabbing, boating, windsurfing, hiking, and beachcombing are popular activities at this park. Kayaking tours are available for a fee. Pets welcome through September. A campground with Wi-Fi access has 228 electrical hookups ($27), 27 yurts ($40), 59 tent sites ($21), three group tent sites ($77), and a hiker/biker camp ($6). U.S. 101 S, Newport, OR, 97365. 541/867–4715 or 800/551–6949. www.oregonstateparks.org. Daily.
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. Thousands of birds—cormorants, gulls, common murres, pigeon guillemots—make their home just beyond shore on Pinnacle and Colony rocks, and nature trails wind through fields of sea grass and wildflowers, leading to spectacular views. There is also an interpretive center. 750 NW Lighthouse Dr., Newport, OR, 97365. 541/574–3100. www.yaquinalights.org. Free; donations suggested. Interpretive center June–Labor Day, daily 9–4; Oct.–May, daily 10–4.
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