Across the Yaquina Bay Bridge, Highway one offers some glimpses of the ocean but usually just runs a bit inland until Waldport, where it crosses Alsea Bay. It continues to wind along the coast until it reaches the small community of Yachats. A number of state parks along the way are good for picnicking, and a few offer campsites as well.
Mile by Mile Milepost 141.0 Newport (ZIP 97365)
141.0 Junction Hwy 20 Hwy 20 runs east through the Coast Range and on to Boston, Massachusetts. At 3,365 miles, it is the longest road in America. Seven miles inland it passes Toledo at the head of Yaquina Bay (see city page).
142.0 Yaquina Bay Bridge and Lighthouse Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is part of the state park at the north end of the graceful, historic coast bridge. The lighthouse and its small tower on top have been turned into a museum. Yaquina Bay bridge’s dramatic, high-soaring steel arch make this one of the most photographed of McCullough’s bridges. It is high enough for boats to pass under and has a combination of both steel and concrete arches. At each end of the bridge is a pedestrian plaza with stairways leading to observation areas. From the north end of the bridge, a fairly steep street leads down to Bay Boulevard and Newport’s Bayfront. Newport’s working waterfront rubs shoulders with restaurants, shops, and tourists attractions. Farther on, Bay Boulevard becomes North Bay Road, following the route of the 1885 Oregon Pacific Railroad along the Yaquina River to Toledo. The 13-mile scenic drive features river and estuary vistas, historical markers, and bike and walking lanes.
142.2 Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center, South Beach Marina Named for former Oregon Governor and U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield, the center is part of Oregon State University. University researchers study the ocean and estuary in offices and labs beyond public view. The visitor center offers informative exhibits, intriguing marine animals, and a touch tank, 867-0271. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. The Port of Newport operates a marina for private boats. Ample parking.
142.2 Oregon Coast Aquarium This world-class facility has indoor and outdoor exhibits. Walk paths to the sea aviary and tufted puffins and the viewing pools where otters, seals, and sea lions swim. "Passages of the Deep" is an exhibit where visitors walk through a suspended underwater acrylic tunnel, 541-867-3474 or www.aquarium.org.
143.4 South Beach State Park Open grassy areas make this a sunny place to camp. Picnic tables, access to a sandy beach, 227 campsites (all with electrical hookups), and 27 yurts are available. On the reservation system.
144.0 Mike Miller Educational Area You may see ospreys along the one-mile walking loop.
145.0 Newport Municipal Airport
147.2 Lost Creek State Park Excellent for picnicking and beach walks. A paved trail leads from the parking lot to the beach.
149.0 Ona Beach State Park On the estuary of Beaver Creek, Ona Beach has picnic facilities and is good for birding, kayak tours, swimming, fishing, and boating. A charming footbridge crosses the creek to the sandy beach.
150.7 Seal Rock (ZIP 97376)
150.9 Seal Rock State Park Besides close-up views of offshore rocks, the park offers access to the beach and picnic and restroom facilities. Birders and geology buffs appreciate this spot.
153.2 Driftwood Beach State Park The wayside has access to the ocean and picnic facilities.
155.5 Alsea Bay Bridge The "new" Alsea Bay Bridge was completed in 1991. The old bridge, built in 1936, was the first and only large coastal bridge designed by Conde McCullough to be replaced. The new bridge has a clearance of 70 feet, and steel and concrete piles reach more than 100 feet into the bedrock below. At the south end of the bridge is Historic Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center. Historic transportation and coastal bridges displays in addition to general visitor information, 563-2002.
156.0 Junction Hwy 34 Hwy 34 follows the Alsea River inland on a narrow, winding road.
156.0 Waldport (ZIP 97394)
156.6 USFS Waldport Ranger Station Most U.S. Forest Service sites along the coast require a Northwest Forest Pass ($5/day or $30/year). The Northwest Forest Pass is accepted at all National Forest day-use fee sites in Oregon and Washington. The Siuslaw National Forest also accepts the Oregon Coast Passport ($10/5 days or $35/year). For information or to purchase passes, visit the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center (milepost 167.3), the ODNRA Visitor Center (milepost 211.4), or any other forest service office.
157.0 Crestview Hills Golf Course An informal nine-hole course inland and mostly out of the wind.
157.1 Governor Patterson State Park A landscaped seashore park with good trails, a sandy beach, and picnic facilities.
159.3 Beachside State Park At this comparatively small campground with 77 campsites, reservations are in demand and people return year after year. The maximum RV size is 40 feet. Open March 15 through October 31.
160.5 Tillicum Beach Campground USFS campground has 62 RV and tent units with no hookups and offers fishing, hiking, and beach access, 877-444-6777. Some campsites open all year.
163.5 Smelt Sands State Park & 804 Trail This beach and trail access is located at the northern edge of Yachats, where smelt come ashore in summer. An old county right-of-way, developed into the Yachats 804 Trail, extends approximately two miles from north of Smelt Sands State Park to Yachats State Park on the north side of the Yachats River. With ocean views from the bluffs, benches and picnic tables receive lots of use along the south section of the trail.