Real Estate Agent in Waldport, OR
Waldport is a city with approximately 2,000 residents. It is beautifully situated along the Oregon coast approximately 18 miles south of Newport. The bay on which it is located harbors salmon, steelhead trout, clams and thousands of Dungeness crabs. Residents will also see herons, egrets and an occasional bald eagle. The city's motto is "Where the forest meets the sea."
In the 1870s, the first settlers floated down the Alsea River and started what would eventually become known as Waldport. In German, "wald" means forest and "port" refers to the location. Waldport was chartered as a city in 1890, and it was incorporated in 1911. Logging, fishing and dairy farming drove the community's early economic development. During World War I, spruce trees that were harvested in the area were used to build early warplanes.
Access to the area improved in 1936 with the completion of the Alsea Bay Bridge. The original bridge was replaced by a dramatic steel structure in 1991. It is considered by some to be one of the finest examples of concrete bridge construction in the Pacific Northwest. It's possible to learn a great deal more about the area's history at the Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive center.
Parks and Recreation
At the Beachside State Recreation Area, it is easy to grab a campsite not far from the water. The level beach is ideal for kite flying and tossing the frisbee. The sandy expanse is particularly wide and inviting at low tide. The beach is also popular for everything from sunbathing to beachcombing for shells and agates.
Another highly rated coastal recreational area is the Governor Patterson Memorial State Recreation Site that's just south of Waldport. This is a place where you can enjoy ever-changing ocean views in a secluded and tranquil setting. At sunset, grab your camera and frame a gorgeous sunset with a scrub pine or two.
Robinson Park is a hidden treasure located right in town on Alsea Bay. Crabbing and beachcombing for shells are popular pastimes here. It's also a great place for watching the harbor seals and taking in the colorful sunsets.
Attractions and Activities
Those that enjoy a round of golf can tee it up at Crestview Golf Club, a nine-hole layout that offers an invigorating combination of scenery, elevation changes and challenging greens. Warm up on the driving range before heading to the first tee of this sporty 2,642-yard layout.
For a change of pace that lies inland from the beach, try hiking the Woodlands Trail. There is convenient parking at the north end of the trail near the baseball fields. The wood chips on the trail make it easy to traverse in both wet and dry conditions. The elevation changes will give you a good workout, and rope hand rails are provided along the steeper sections. There's an opportunity to experience all manner of flora and fauna along the way, including berries, ferns, salamanders and an occasional deer.
The waters of Alsea Bay attract kayak enthusiasts of every skill level. Guided kayak tours make it possible to get close to river otters and other forms of marine life.
Residents can get a taste of local history by visiting the 72-foot-long Fisher School Covered Bridge. It spans a fork of Five Rivers about 10 miles outside of town.
Late in September, locals and out-of-towners alike head to the Cruzin' for Crab event. There are food vendors, arts and crafts exhibitors, but the main attraction is the car show that features over 20 different vehicle classes.
Residents often had to the Waldport Wednesday Market for fresh seafood and produce. The arts and crafts booths add to the experience. The outdoor market is conveniently situated on Highway 34, just west of U.S. Highway 101.
The scenic treasures and recreational opportunities in and around Waldport help to make it a great place in which to live. To learn more about Waldport residential real estate, please contact your local real estate agent in Waldport OR, Wendy Weimer.