New Years Day Special Hikes Include Oregon Coast
(Oregon Coast) – Ring in 2015 in a scenic way with the First Day Hikes at various Oregon state parks, including several on the Oregon coast. They happen January 1, and times vary.
Oregon Parks and Recreational (OPRD) is inviting the public to get physical in this fourth time the state has participated in First Day Hikes – a nationwide initiative sponsored by America’s State Parks (www.americasstateparks.org) to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate the New Year by getting out for a walk in a state park.
In Oregon, nearly 1,000 people hiked the state's trails in last year's event.
OPRD is waiving the usual day-use fee on January at participating parks – a total of 29 this year.
They happen all over Oregon, including just outside of Portland, in the Columbia Gorge, in the Willamette Valley, in the Cascades, in southern Oregon, and Eastern Oregon.
OPRD will waive the day-use parking fees on Jan. 1 for all visitors to participating state parks that normally require a permit. 29 parks are participating in First Day Hikes this year:
On the Oregon coast, they happen at Beverly Beach near Newport, Cape Lookout State Park near Oceanside, Carl G. Washburne State Park and Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park near Florence, Ecola State Park at Cannon Beach, Fort Stevens State Park near Astoria, D River State Recreation Site in Lincoln City and South Beach State Park just south of Newport.
On the southern coast, you'll find them at Bullards Beach State Park, Harris Beach State Park and Umpqua Lighthouse State Park.
Several of the First Day Hikes have presentations on local wildlife, plant species, the geology of the area and even its history. Some are offering light refreshments and others have special themes.
To see the full list of hikes click here; Oregon coast hike times are below.
Beverly Beach State Park, 10 a.m.-noon - meet at day-use parking area
Bullards Beach State Park, 10-11:30 a.m. - meet at the campground amphitheater
Cape Lookout State Park, noon-3 p.m.—meet at Cape Trail trailhead parking lot 2.75 miles south of campground
Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park, 1-2 p.m.—meet in front of campground host site and wood bin
D River State Recreation Site, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.—meet in wayside parking area near beach entrance
Ecola State Park, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. - meet at the Ecola Point parking lot near Indian Beach trailhead.
Fort Stevens State Park, 9-11 a.m.—meet at Coffenbury Lake north parking lot
Harris Beach State Park, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. —bring your bike and meet at booth parking lot.
Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, noon -2 p.m.—meet at West Woahink Meeting Hall
South Beach State Park, 9-10:30 a.m.—meet at day-use parking area
Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, 10-11 a.m.—meet at Lake Marie day-use parking lot
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