Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area, Newport

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Spend a day on the coast and admire the unusual play of waves at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area. The highlight of the park is a natural rock bowl, the result of the collapse of two coastal caves. The bowl is partially open to the ocean, allowing waves to enter. During high surf, you can watch the waves violently swirl and foam inside the bowl. The coastline is lined with different rock formations and tide pools. In addition to wave-watching, the park offers opportunities for surfing, hiking, and picnicking. Whales migrate through this area and, in season, you can easily spot them from the beach. To visit Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area and get the most from your holiday in Newport, create itinerary details personal to you using our Newport online route planner .
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  • We went by at low tide and watched as the waved crashed in to the bowl. The next day, we went for a quick stop just to see it again at a different time and the bowl was full. Not much to do there, but...  more »
  • Plenty of parking, insane surfers in 50 degree water, and the views are great! We saw whales at the closest we've seen to shore. It was delightful. If you're looking to hike, this is not the place for...  more »
  • Many people were actually inside this punch bowl when the water was at low tide. They must have come from one of the nearby beaches because you could not reach it from the pull off parking to see the ...  more »

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In Newport, the majority of the lodgings are inside old, renovated grand Victorians near the coast or cottages close to the beach. If you're interested in accommodations on the water (cove, bay, or beach), look into the city's inns. The Yaquina Bay area provides excellent views and access to the nearby national park of the same name, while a few economy accommodations are located in the town center.
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