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  • Cormorants and Pelicans on Rock, 29 Aug 2012
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Roads End Things to Do

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    by glabah Updated Sep 7, 2012

    Currently there is no fee to use this state park.

    There really isn't too much to say about Road's End State Park. This is the public parking area and public restroom for the beach area, which is public even if there are houses right up next to it along the edge of the beach.

    From the northern end of the parking lot, a rough but paved trail leads down to the beach, and immediately arrives at a stony creek which must be crossed on stepping stones in order to try to get to the beach from the parking area.

    The beach is relatively uncrowded for the most part as it is a much lesser known beach, but it is close to Newport and thus gets a bit of overflow traffic from there. Also, new hotels keep going in on the north side of Newport, and this is starting to become a more known beach area.

    Along with the lesser number of visitors, the beach is relatively clean here, though there is always some bit of trash that washes up or is left behind as you will find anywhere - but the problem is much less here than on the busier beaches.

    Along with the restroom building, there are several picnic tables in the parking lot, and some large pieces of driftwood in the median circle of the parking lot as additional attractions.

    Entrance to Parking Lot for Roads End State Park Beach from Roads End Parking Area Picnic Table Overlooking Ocean at Roads End Parking Lot, Picnic Table and Driftwood Beach, Edge of Parking Lot and City of Roads End
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    by glabah Written Sep 6, 2012

    I don't know too much about surfing, but I can tell you that you will find people surfing at Roads End. I will also point out that those that do surf in this part of the world usually wear full thermal wet suits. The Pacific Ocean has a very cold current north of California!

    The beach is a sandy beach with very few rocks, so obviously that is a huge advantage of this location.

    The area is somewhat lesser known, so obviously this can be a bit of an advantage.

    There is a restroom facility right in the parking lot at the state park.

    Other than that, I am not sure there is any significant advantage or disadvantage to surfing here over any other location on the Oregon Coast. However, there apparently are some that prefer this location.

    Yes, People Surf in Oregon, and at Roads End Note the Full Thermal Wet Suit
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    by glabah Written Sep 6, 2012

    Other than the relatively difficult trail to get down to the beach, the beach access here is fairly straightforward. From Roads End State Park, walk down the paved trail at the north end to the beach. A relatively low tide will provide a lot of nice sandy beach to play with and on.

    One thing that they have done here is provide large number boards so that it is possible to find your way back to where you came from. This may seem unnecessary on a nice, clear day but understand that dense fog can happen along the Oregon coast, which eliminates all land marks. Under these low visibility conditions it becomes very helpful to have such large numbers so you know where you came from, and where you want to go back to.

    North End of Beach at Roads End Large Number Board at Roads End State Park Sometimes Numbers are on Wall near Beach Access Looking South along Beach at Roads End
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Roads End Transportation

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    by glabah Written Sep 6, 2012

    If you drive a larger vehicle, be aware that the last place you can easily turn around is at the loop parking lot for Road's End State Park. A somewhat more compact turn around is located right at this dead-end sign.

    Any more further north, and the city streets become impossible to turn around on, especially if you have any sort of larger vehicle.

    Dead End Road in Road's End It Really Pays to Pay Attention to the Street Sign
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Roads End Off The Beaten Path

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    by glabah Updated Sep 7, 2012

    Cascade Head is the name of the large pile of rocks that creates a northern barrier to the beach at Roads End. From here, the jagged points descend down into the water, with a few more prominent than others.

    The largest of these rocks is a very prominent feature even when the tide is fairly high.

    As you can tell by the amount of white bird droppings on the rock, during some years it is a very heavily used perching and nesting rock for a number of pelagic birds, and is also a popular place for coastal birds to roost.

    The rock is far enough off the coast that some good telephoto equipment is really best to see what is out there. Egg laying time is pretty much confined to May and June, so you won't see much other than some of the typical coastal birds (brown pelicans and several types of cormorants mostly) outside that time of year.

    (Pelagic birds are those we never see very often as they are usually many miles out at sea, and only come to land in order to lay eggs.)

    Rock is Popular Place for Bird Life Cormorants and Pelicans on Rock, 29 Aug 2012
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    by glabah Written Sep 6, 2012

    The large pile of rocks just north of the beach at Roads End is called Cascade Head. These rocks are very rough, and therefore have a number of pockets in them where tide pools form.

    It can be interesting to go out to the rocks at low tide in order to take a look at what might have become stuck in the tide pools at low tide.

    However, if you do decide to visit the tide pools, be very careful about when and how long you do so. Otherwise, when the tide comes back in, you may wind up stranded on the rocks for a very long time, until the tide goes back out.

    Sea life isn't the only thing that has been known to get stranded on the rocks!

    Cascade Head and its Coastal Rocks
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