Today's Stop on the Land Use Trail: Nye Beach

Throughout the summer, we'll be featuring stops on our new Land Use Trail. Today, July 23: Nye Beach in Newport. Nye Beach has been enjoyed by Oregonians since the 1890s. In the same decade it was conjoined to the city of Newport by a wood plank road. The area continues to thrive with a distinct culture.

About: After over a century of attracting beachgoers, Nye Beach remains a walkable, view-packed neighborhood filled with local restaurants, art galleries, shops and famous inns like the Sylvia Beach Hotel. Thanks to smart investments by the City of Newport, the Nye Beach area has seen new life in recent years, while retaining a friendly, laid-back village feel.

Key Fact: In 1865 John Nye first homesteaded the wilderness area called Nye Creek, which later became know as Nye Beach. Nye was originally from Ohio, and was also a Union Army soldier.

Another Cool Fact: In the early 1900’s, many people would come to the Nye Beach area to take hot sea water baths, which they believed to be a remedy for many ailments.

Visit: Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of everything the Nye Beach area has to offer: beaches, restaurants, and great views.

Learn More:

Join us in Lincoln County on Thursday, August 8 for an evening discussing the Oregon Coast's future with local author Matt Love!

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Text by Nathen Lamb, Communications Intern. Photo: Alex Derr, Creative Commons. See more of Alex's amazing coast photos at