Devil’s Punch Bowl State Natural Area
Off US 101, 8 mi- N of Newport
Newport, OR 97365
State Park: Birding, Caving, Hike, Picnic, Walk, Water Sports
Featured by Coastal Living in 2008 as one of 5 ‘Stunning Oregon Hiking Spots’. Surfers and surf watchers energize this area! During winter storms, water from the restless ocean slams with a thundering roar into a hollow rock formation shaped like a huge punch bowl. The surf churns, foams, and swirls as it mixes a violent brew. The punch bowl was probably created by the collapse of the roof over two sea caves, then shaped by wave action. The park is a popular whale watching site and displays an intriguing geology. This is a scenic picnic spot atop the undulating rocky shoreline. Don’t forget to explore the tidepools.