Seal Rock, Oregon Real Estate and Community Information
About 1,600 residents call the unincorporated community of Seal Rock their home. It is located along a five-mile stretch of the Oregon coast between Newport and Waldport.
The so-called "seal rocks" emerge from a submerged rock ledge that parallels the Oregon coastline for a little more than two miles. Seal Rock itself is a large outcropping that rises about 20 feet above the ocean waters. Sea lions, seals and other types of marine life cavort about on the many rock formations along the coast.
In the 19th century, a well-known road reached its terminus at Seal Rock. The Corvallis and Yaquina Bay Wagon Road was the first pathway to reach the coast from the Willamette Valley. In the 1880s, Seal Rock became a popular resort destination for vacationers from the Willamette Valley. In the 1930s, new bridges better connected the area to surrounding cities.
Parks and Recreation
Residents enjoy dramatic scenery at Seal Rock State Park. Lush greenery contrasts with the big, bold rocks and the swirling tidal pools. The day-use park features offshore rock formations frequented by sea lions, seals and birds. The picnic area is located in a serene area of spruce trees and shore pines. Locals and tourists alike head to the wide sandy beach for sunbathing and casual strolls. The 4.69 acre site also features large, named rocks called Tourist, Elephant and Casserole that were acquired from the Federal Government in 1928. Elephant Rock remains a popular stopping-off point for thousands of migratory birds.
Brian Booth State Park features a large, level beach and ample picnic facilities. In-season thimbleberry and blackberry picking is a special treat. Use the launch to begin a journey up Beaver Creek in your kayak. The winds off the Pacific make for some great kite-flying opportunities.
Clamming, crabbing and muscle harvesting are all attractive pastimes at the coastal parks. Ocean kayaking is popular among the fitness-minded, and the fabulous Pacific coastline serves up one spectacular sunset after another. You can also try your hand at surfcasting and windsurfing.
Attractions and Activities
Bicyclists that live in Seal Rock enjoy ready access to the Oregon Coast Bike Route. It follows Highway 101 for many miles, although some of the most scenic parts of the bikeway are found off of the highway. Many consider it one of the top touring routes on the planet. The Oregon Coast Bike Route is designated as an official Scenic Byway by the United States Department of Transportation.
Nearby Newport is the home of the Oregon Coast Aquarium. It is possible to participate in guided dives amidst hundreds of fish, sharks and more. The aquarium's 360-degree tunnels offer an unforgettable perspective of sharks cavorting in a million gallons of seawater.
In early January, volunteers gather at Seal Rocks for the Yaquina Bay Christmas Bird Count. The count occurs within a 15-mile diameter circle extending northward from Seal Rocks to Yaquina Head and eastward to Toledo. Volunteers sharpen their birdwatching skills as they identify approximately 150 bird species.
Residents of Seal Rock journey south on Highway 101 to Newport for a variety of annual events. One of the most popular is the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival. For almost four decades, the festival has evolved to the point that it attracts about 17,000 visitors each year. Seafood-based culinary creations are complemented by the offerings of many Oregon wineries. Vendors display jewelry, art glass, hand-painted ceramics, metal sculptures and more.
The year-round Newport Farmers Market is situated next to city hall during the summer months. In the winter, this Saturday event migrates indoors to the exhibit hall at the county fairgrounds.
This part of the Oregon coast is certainly rich in scenery, recreational opportunities and one-of-a-kind activities. To learn more about the many reasons to live in Seal Rock, contact Wendy Weimer.