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Trail in Newport Captivates Oregon Coast Locals, Visitors
Oregon) – It’s still Newport’s biggest little secret.
A new trail in the
central Oregon coast resort town has started generating buzz among residents
and regulars, as anticipation grows for its expansion into a much larger
trail system that will stretch from the northern beaches of the town to
Yaquina Bay. The as-yet-still unmarked trail may be about a year old,
but it remains a kind of “new toy” for many in the area, very
slowly drawing in a larger and larger crowd.
quarter mile hidden path is part of what will be called the “Ocean
to Bay Trail.” It begins, rather clandestinely, at the east end
of the parking lot at Agate Beach State Park, and then meanders under
thick rain forest foliage, with pristine, freshly laid gravel covering
its length. Along the way, walkers encounter bridges over pretty little
streams, more than a couple long wooden boardwalks that snake over chasms
and other geographic features, and some untouched wetlands that will likely
never, ever be developed.
Protiva, Newport’s Director of Parks and Recreation, calls this
leg of the greater trail system-to-come “a step into the wilderness
without stepping out of town.” This part goes from Agate Beach Wayside
to Big Creek Park and is phase one of the Ocean to Bay Trail. The other
stretches will be built slowly over the next few years as money becomes
the opportunity to walk through wetlands without impacting them, and it’s
an out-of-the-wind activity in Newport,” Protiva said.
the explorer has to find the trail – and you may initially get fooled.
An unmarked paved path at the east end of the parking lot at Agate Beach
apparently wanders off into the woods. It quickly forks to the south or
north; the southern stretch takes you back across a creek running through
the wayside, and down a path which wanders below the Agate Beach Best
Western hotel, eventually taking you to the western end of the parking
lot. This is not the trail, but a pleasant and pastoral diversion, nonetheless.
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The new trail actually
begins when the paved entrance seems to disappear into a wall of ground,
where you find yourself in a tunnel that goes underneath Highway 101.
On the other side, a long stairway leads up to the other side of the highway.
But next to those steps, the trail actually starts.
Especially now that’s
winter, you’ll see through the leafless trees and into the marshes
and sopping wetlands just to the east of the trail. “Those are wetlands
so wet they’ll probably never get developed,” Protiva said.
The air here is thick with the smell of nature, marshes and forest.
of a mile this freshly minted trail meanders, and you’ll soon run
across one of several footbridges. Protiva says there are three of these,
about 40 feet long. Then the long boardwalks begin, each of these around
100 feet long. The look of this green space is primeval, maybe even slightly
resembling something out of Tolkien. The end result is pure natural stunner
mixed with the nature-friendly ingenuity and design of Man.
|Unmarked path at Agate Beach will lead to
It all ends at Big
Protiva said this
leg cost approximately $275,000. There currently is no signage, but Protiva
said that will likely happen in July.
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The second phase will
be a mile-long stretch into eastern Newport that goes from Big Creek Park
to the public swimming pool. The third phase will be from there to Newport
Middle School, about a quarter mile. From there, the fourth section will
take walkers on a mile hike to a spot on the eastern part of Highway 20.
The last phase will trek a quarter mile further until it ends at the bay.
is no timeline,” Protiva said. “We will continue to expand
as money is available.” He said that the second phase will probably
begin construction in the next year, however.
Currently, the trail
is still a secret, although many locals have caught on. “There’s
been no fanfare or signage, so it’s all been by word of mouth,”
Protiva said. “Residents have caught wind of it and are using it.
But that’s about all.”
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