The Roads End State Recreation area is a small, 4.7-acre park right on the beach at the north end of town. It is a wonderful spot for a romantic walk or views of boats and whales during their migration season. The beach is surprisingly quiet, creating a tranquil space to wander along the sandy beaches with your dog at your side.
The park is pawfect for casual strolls, short hikes, and even a picnic at one of the tables. If you stay at the beach until sunset, you can watch the stunning colors ranging from blazing reds and vibrant oranges to radiant golds that dance across the water. Morning visitors may be able to watch the marine mist and fog rolling through the park. This can create a sense of seclusion, even if others are just a bit down the beach. Thanks to the winds that come flowing off the ocean, kite flying at Roads End State Recreation Site is a favorite, family-friendly activity.
You can also swim in the waters off the coast of the park, but it’s important to realize that the water temperature can be a bit chilly, even on hot days. Lava has formed small islands where long-necked cormorants roost. At low tide, visitors can climb down to a secret cove and beach. Use caution and don't stay too long, or you may become stranded.
While in the parking area, be sure to keep your dog leashed. However, on the ocean shore, your dog can go off leash. Be sure to always have your dog in sight and under voice command, and keep the leash handy for when it needs to go back on. Bring clean-up bags and pick up after your beach pup. Drinking water to share is also a must.
Parking around Roads End State Recreation Site can be a bit of a challenge. While it is free, there aren’t a lot of spots available, so you may need to be patient. Some parking is available on the street too. Restrooms are in the parking area for the humans.
For a puptacular beach day, bring your dog to the Roads End Recreation Site!