SEAL ROCK STATE PARK
Seal Rock State Wayside has large off-shore rock formations which are the habitat of seals, sea lions, sea birds and other marine life. The wayside includes interesting tidepools as well as excellent ocean views and a sandy beach. Developed for day-use, the picnic area is in a pleasant stand of shore pine, spruce and salal.
Located in the coastal region of Oregon, this natural reserve was initially a popular resort area during the late 19th century. The site's main attraction is its large rock formations that serve as habitat for seals and sea lions.
In 1926, Governor I.L Patterson donated land to create an official state park at Seal Rock. This donation included approximately five acres of property with beach frontage along Highway US101 on the central coast between Newport and Waldport.
The State Parks Department further expanded it by purchasing additional lands over several years from private owners until reaching its current size today - around four miles long stretching northward towards Ona Beach Park.
During World War II, military installations were set up within these grounds due to strategic location overlooking Pacific Ocean which provided excellent vantage points against potential enemy invasions; however they have since been removed post-war era leaving behind only remnants such as concrete bunkers scattered throughout landscape serving reminders past history events occurred here.