Secret Beach, OR
Despite the obvious name, Secret Beach, Oregon, is surprisingly hard to find. Nestled at the northern tip of Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor, this oceanside escape is pure Pacific Northwest fantasy: towering spruces line black volcanic rocks that have carved into natural bridges and jagged bluffs by hungry waves. The beach can only be enjoyed at low tide, but even if you can’t sink your feet into its dark sand, the short (and steep!) hike to the spot is a tranquil event all on its own.
Tip: Hike a third of a mile south of milepost 345 on U.S. 101 in Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor. There is a small gravel parking area that leads to the 3/4 mile trail down to Secret Beach.