Mike Miller Park and Educational Trail is located about a mile south of Newport in Lincoln County. Numbered posts are scattered throughout the loop. The interpretive trail guide will help you discover all of the amazing things this coastal Sitka spruce forest has to show. The trail is just over a mile long, but plan for at least 45 minutes to an hour to take in all of the different features. It's a great place to explore out of the wind and rain that frequently buffets the Oregon Coast.
As you start the loop into the dense coastal forest, keep to the left and follow the historic railroad bed. This gives the trail a flat and wide start. Other signs of logging and human impact on the forest can be seen along the way. As you continue you will notice a change in elevation and plant type. There are great examples of different types of forest growth and use along the path, including old and young trees, nurse longs, and the aftermath of windblown trees. Throughout the loop there are benches, bridges, and even a viewing platform over the pond. Keep an eye and ear open for wildlife such as newts, squirrels, bald eagles, and song birds.
Two other trails intersect with the loop. The Wilder Trail connects around marker nine and leads north to Hatfield Marine Science Center and Yaquina Bay. The Emery Trail connects around marker 12 and heads south into the newly acquired 5.8 acres of land. In the future this section of trail will connect back to the main trail to make a longer loop.
There is limited parking on the side of the road. A bike rack is located at the trailhead and out of sight of the main road.