Explore the area’s natural wonders to the north. Unique geological formations, mountains in the sea and spirits of forests past.
Located in Neskowin, Proposal Rock has become a place associated with romance and popping that most important of questions. This sea stack rises right off the beach at Neskowin, where Newkowin Creek meets the Pacific Ocean. A scrubby Sitka spruce woodland crowns the rock, those trees sometimes offering a perch for bald eagles
Neskowin Ghost Forest
Just to the south of Proposal Rock you’ll find a glimpse of a 2,000-year-old drowned or “ghost” forest if your timing is right. It is speculated that these trees found themselves in the ocean as a result of sudden subduction caused by an earthquake. The tree remains only became visible after the fierce winter storms and are best viewed at low winter tides.
Pacific City’s Haystack Rock stands 327 feet tall and is not accessible by foot, but this monolith is the iconic backdrop of the town. Thought to be one of the largest sea stacks in the world, it can be viewed from Cape Kiwanda Natural Area or from other oceanfront location in Pacific City.
Three Arch Rocks
Half a mile offshore from Oceanside, which is west of Tillamook, Three Arch Rocks are part of a natural wildlife refuge protecting Oregon’s largest seabird nesting colony. The islands are closed to public access, but can make for some spectacular sights.
Munson Creek Falls
South of Tillamook, tumbling 319 feet makes Munson Creek Falls the tallest waterfall in the Coast Range. A short easy trail winds along Munson creek and through lush forest to the waterfall. Be advised that the access road is a rough ride, but the falls are worth the trip.
The bay is protected from the open ocean by shoals and a 3-mile sandbar. It is surrounded by the Coast Range and the city of Tillamook on the southeast border. The many rivers that feed the bay are known for their prolific steelhead and salmon runs, and the mixing of freshwater with the ocean’s saltwater makes the bay an estuary.