Notes, birds, nature, meanderings.

Musings about birds, nature, and our meanderings on the Central Oregon Coast

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Gleneden Beach Wayside (State Recreation Area)

Last month we wandered through the Gleneden Beach community looking (in vain) for a small county park we had seen on Google Maps.  We were not disappointed though, finding instead the Gleneden Beach State Recreation Area, a small wayside with trees, picnic tables and easy beach access.


A large plaque says that the park is dedicated to Norman Howard, a former Oregon Legislator and supporter of conservation efforts in the state.

Saving the ocean view for last, we followed the paved paths through a wooded area where a HERMIT THRUSH was busy foraging in the grass. 
After walking the short trail through a picnic area with a small gazebo, we turned back toward the ocean, pausing to enjoy the view through the trees.


As we walked toward the viewing area, three or four NORTHERN FLICKERS greeted us, then flew off silently to watch us from the trees nearby. 
We followed the trail past the viewing area to the beach below - the sight of the crashing waves was beautiful!

We didn't walk along the beach this time, but I understand that if you walk to the north, it will take you to the tip of the Salishan Spit, where SEA LIONS are usually found sunning themselves on the sandy beach.

Although we had hoped to see more birds, the lovely scenery and nice weather made the visit well worth it.  Looking at the map, it seems that the park is larger than the area we walked - we plan on returning to discover new hidden treasures! 

The park is located on Wesler Street in Gleneden Beach.  It has lots of parking, picnic facilities including a covered picnic area, and restrooms.  Unless you plan to hike on the beach, there is no hiking trail per se, but the paths are paved and easy to use. 

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