Located south of Newport, Seal Rock State Wayside features large off-shore rock formations that provide habitat for seals, sea lions, sea birds and other marine life. The beach includes interesting tidepools as well as excellent ocean views and a sandy beach. The short trail to the beach is steep in areas, but features an ADA accessible viewpoint at the midway point with views of the beach and tidepools. The picnic area near the parking lot is in a pleasant stand of shore pine, spruce and salal.
Lincoln County gave the initial 0.24 acre for this state wayside in 1929. Two other purchases of private land were made in 1936 and 1942. The large rocks called "Castle," "Tourist" and "Elephant" were obtained from the federal government in 1928.