Seal Rock, Oregon is named for the rock formations that guard this particular section of the Oregon Coast. Its original Chinook name, "Seal Illahe," means "seal home" and offers an apt description of the area's most endearing landmark. Dozens of seals and sea lions inhabit the rocks at Seal Rock State Recreation Site, providing excellent wildlife photography opportunities. Uncluttered beaches and intriguing tide pools make the Seal Rock area a relaxing location for summer strolls.
Oregon's central coast is brimming with state parks, making the Seal Rock area a treasure for outdoor enthusiasts. North of the community of Seal Rock is Ona Beach, a favorite location for boating and fishing. Beachside State Park is equipped with camping and RV facilities, as well as expansive beaches and trails. For those who enjoy history as well as outdoor exploration, the Alsea Bay Bridge Historic Interpretive Center, at Waldport, offers a bird's-eye-view of Oregon Coast's history and ecology with guided tours and an interpretive nature center.
The town of Seal Rock is also known as a small artist haven and is a comfortable location for strolling through glass and woodworking galleries, and relaxed dining.
Several golf courses are located within 10-20 minutes of Seal Rock and include scenic vistas of Oregon's stunning Pacific Coast.
Seal Rock is located approximately 10 miles south of Newport and the intersection of U.S. Highway 101 and Highway 20. Travelers en route from Portland and Salem can access Highway 20 via Interstate 5 South, in Corvallis.
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