Peace at Roads End


When it comes to the Oregon Coast, the further north you go, the more likely you are to encounter crowds — especially in towns and cities that have risen around the highways that carry traffic from Interstate 5 to the sandy shores. That’s because people from Portlandia escape the stress of the city by heading to the Pacific.

Because of this, it is especially important to find any little out-of-the-way stretches that are ignored by the crowds. Roads End State Recreation Area in Lincoln City is one such place. Located on the north end of town, the small stretch of beach is tucked behind one of the few areas in Oregon where you can find beach-front houses. The strand of beach is just under a mile and a half long.

About a mile down the beach, the houses suddenly give way to a rugged, tree-topped headland decorated with black lava and softer, orange sedimentary rock. It’s…

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