If you enjoy digging in the sand, Agate Beach State Recreation Site is perfect for you. Located on the beautiful Oregon Coast just north of Newport, Agate Beach State Recreation Site is a popular attraction for day-use activities and enjoying the beach at the Pacific Ocean. Nearly 200,000 people visit the park every year.
Agate Beach State Recreation Site has over 18 acres of room to roam. The park has a beach access trail, which is a tunnel that runs beneath old Highway 101 and leads to a large sandy beach area—a perfect spot to picnic, walk, run, surf, fish, fly kites, search the beach for agates, or even dip your feet in the brisk Pacific Ocean.
Digging for razor clams is another favorite activity of visitors to Agate Beach State Recreation Site, as is surfing. There are nearby surf shops that offer equipment rentals and lessons. The park does have picnic tables as well as restrooms, and some facilities which are ADA accessible.
There are no camping facilities or overnight visits allowed. But in Newport, there are a number of hotels where you can stay. If you are looking to explore the nearby areas around the park, there is plenty to do and visit, including the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Hatfield Marine Science Center, both in Newport.
Pets are generally allowed off-leash on the beach in Oregon state parks and recreation areas, but you must have verbal control over your pet. Be respectful of others and of posted park rules. Bring waste bags and clean up after yourself and your pet.
Following common courtesy and park rules will ensure that you, your family, and your furry companion have a wonderful day at the beach. If you are near Newport and looking for a great place to picnic or spend the day at the beach, bring your family and furry companion to Agate Beach State Recreation Site.