Outdoor Activities Near Lincoln City
Take a peek at the Oregon Coast from 1,200 feet above on the Nature Conservancy's Cascade Head Preserve trail. The five-mile round-trip hike climbs through a forest of spruce and western hemlock before depositing you in a meadow with a panoramic view of the Salmon River estuary and the frothy breakers of the Pacific. Trailhead in Knight Park, at Three Rocks Road, Otis.
The Drift Creek Falls trail has all the charms of a dozen Oregon hikes in one walk, 15 miles east of town. The three-mile round-trip stroll features a 240-foot suspension bridge, a 75-foot waterfall, and scads of ferns, alders, and vine maples. Trailhead off Forest Service Road 17.
Follow the shoreline adjacent to Roads End State Recreation Site north to Roads End Point, then round the point at low tide to find a secret beach. Some of the area's best tide pools form a thriving ecosystem, with critters from sea anemones to baby crabs. Head back before high tide. Logan Road near NE Neptune Drive.