Oregon Coast, OR

Long Beach Peninsula Running Highlights

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The Long Beach Peninsula stretches for more than 20 miles and includes six state parks, gorgeous beach, and scenic rain forest. Running highlights include the 7+ mile Discovery Trail, trails at Cape Discovery State Park, and miles of gorgeous beach running.

Discovery Trail. This is a fantastic way to experience a variety of Oregon Coast highlights on foot. This flat multi-use trail stretches for 7+ miles between the town of Long Beach and Cape Disappointment State Park. A combination of paved and gravel surface, the highlights, heading south from Long Beach are the Lewis and Clark Carved Tree (near the northern terminus), Long Beach Boardwalk, Gray Whale Skeleton (2 miles), and at the southern end, the trail to the North Head Lighthouse.  ROUTE MAP (One-Way)

Cape Disappointment State Park. Additional trails to explore on foot. More trail running than the multi-use Discovery Trail. An easy trail out to Beard’s Hollow View Point, the 2-mile North Head Trail to Battery 247, and trails at the southern end of the peninsula around the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. These are all runnable trails.

Beach Run. Some 20 miles of wide beach for running. Lovely, soft sand with firmer sand near the water, tidally dependent.

Leadbetter Point State Park. More rugged area on the north side of the peninsula, including 7 miles of hiking trails. There are trails through dunes, rainforest, a slough, a birding trail, & more. This is more trail running than classic road running.