A short walk down the path towards the ocean brings one to the 804 Trail where one can hike either north or south for quite a distance. The waves crashing onto the rocks is dramatic but don't get too close! Sunsets are amazing here as well. If you have a dog(s), there are plastic bags to pick up your dog's business. Please be responsible and put these bags into a waste can!
Loved the view of the Pacific ocean, the walking trail along the shore above the beach. Happy about The 🚻 restroom. Loved The proximity to restaurants, lodging options, and tourist sites. Didn't enjoy being taxed in one of the few towns in Oregon that has tax.
Smelt Sands is one of the best places to watch the waves! You can also access the 804 Trail here which goes right along the shore and is very popular for walking, biking, or simply enjoying the beach.
So happy we stopped here. Winter wave action and the weather was awesome and beautiful today. A memorial to two young men who lost their lives in Feb 2022 to a sneaker wave will make people realize that when you are told not to turn your backs to the waves on our Oregon coast please please listen. Our hearts go out to the families and friends who are left behind. The historical board at the entrance to the beach is very informative about the history of the beach and the indigenous people who once lived and fished along the coast for many centuries.
After hours and hours of quite literally scrolling down the coast on Google maps looking for rocks in the ocean, I came across this spot located near seal rock state park that seemed less busy and full of potential for my first solo photography trip. I arrived near sunset, and was not disappointed! If you're into photography, this spot has endless potential. If you're looking for an elopement spot, there are memories to be made. And if you're just looking to spend hours watching waves crash up against the rocks, there are a dozen amazing choices here all in one place for you to feast your eyes on. If youre taking a trip up or down HWY 101, take a few minutes to pop in here. A short walk to the beach, plenty of shelter from wind, and photo opportunities galore :)