Rock Creek

174   🅿?   🐚 89

Rock Creek flows beneath a bridge near milepost 174 on US 101, south of Cape Perpetua in Lane County, Oregon.  Nearby are a beach access point and a seasonal Forest Service campground.

Just south of the Rock Creek bridge is a tiny turn-out sized for two cars, offering a short barely-developed trail to beach access 89.  I did not see the usual beach-facing fluorescent green beach access sign here, so note where you came down onto the beach.

There is a nice stretch of beach to walk here.  The beach ends just north at the foot of a rocky headland between this beach and the one at Ocean Beach Day Use.  The beach extends farther to the south; one can usually reach the Big Creek bridge and ford Big Creek to reach Muriel O. Ponsler State Scenic Viewpoint.

Just north of the Rock Creek bridge is the entrance to Rock Creek Campground, a cozy U.S. Forest Service facility nestled in Rock Creek's wooded canyon in the hilly coastland.  The campground is seasonally open; in 2022 it was already closed by mid-September.  There is a mile-plus canyon trail for hiking here at the edge of the Rock Creek Wilderness, but I didn't see any day use parking in the campground.

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Written 2019; updated 2022.