• Strawberry Hill is a hidden beach with a rugged landscape and a variety of wildlife
• This is the best beach to explore tide pools and hunt for agates
Strawberry Hill Wayside is a secluded part of Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint stretching for 0.6 miles from one seawall to another. A bluff-top wayside offers parking spaces, picnic tables, and a stunning panoramic view of the endless ocean with powerful waves crashing on the rocky shore.
A walkway down from the parking area with some stairs leads to a rock terrace jutting into the ocean. From this point, you can go for beachcombing on the left to the northern cove-shaped small beach or on the right to a longer but narrower shoreline. This rugged beach features volcanic ledges, caves, cobbles, and sand.
Strawberry Hill is one of the best Oregon spots to explore the coastal landscape with basalt ledges and caves. Here you can catch a whale spouting off in a distance and observe harbor seals on rocks. Also, this site is known for its gorgeous tide pools full of anemones, sea stars, and other sea creatures. Make sure to explore this beach at low tides, do not get caught down by the incoming tides.
The beach of Strawberry Hill is located in the heart of the prime agate collecting area that stretches from Yachats for 6 miles south to Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park. Just like other beaches of the Central Oregon Coast, expect to find agate, jasper, petrified wood, fossil shells, and other interesting rocks. Because this place is a marine reserve, please, stick to surface collecting.
The best time for rock hunting is between November and April when winter storms and king tides remove top layers of sand.
Note: A permit is required to collect vertebrate fossils.
Strawberry Hill Wayside | General Description
Open: Year-round from 6 am to 9 pm
Managed: Oregon State Park
Amenities: Picnic tables
Activities: Beachcombing, picnicking
Accommodations: Lodging in Florence and Yachats
Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any vehicles
Day-use fees: None
Restrictions: No digging, no metal detecting, no fishing, no taking invertebrates, seaweeds, or wildlife
Strawberry Hill is located:
- 5 miles south of Yachats
- 20 miles north of Florence
- 81 miles west of Eugene.
- Follow 5 miles south on Highway 101 to the destination on the right.
Attention Fellow Beachgoers
Unfortunately, our beautiful Pacific North West beaches are stained with trash, especially plastic. We, at Oregon Discovery, as well as other unaffiliated groups of nature lovers made a commitment to do our part in keeping our beaches clean, but we need your help too!
Every time you go out to enjoy nature at your favorite spot, please bring a garbage bag or two and help us pick up garbage. Even picking up a little bit here and there will make a huge difference long term.
Please, help us save our beautiful nature for the generations to come!