The historic Yachats 804 Trail probably first served as a footpath for tribal people. It later became part of County Road 804, which included the 7-mile stretch of beach between Yachats and Waldport at low tide. County Road 804 served as the settler’s route of travel between the farmland of the upper Yachats River valley and Waldport’s Alsea Bay until the 1930s and the completion of Hwy 101. The highway replaced the oceanside portion of County Road 804.
The 804 Trail North begins from the parking lot of Smelt Sands Recreation Site and winds north 3/4 mile where it connects to the 7-mile stretch of sandy beach. During the 1970s a long legal battle ensued to have this section of trail vacated. Oregon’s high court finally ended the argument with its ruling in the mid-1980s that the 804 Trail N must be continued. This 3/4 mile section of trail subsequently became part of Oregon State Parks.
Successful mediation with local home owners in the late 1990s allowed for the completion of the 804 Trail South. The 804 Trail South is about a mile in length, stretching from the south edge of Smelt Sands Recreation Site, across the lawn behind the Adobe Resort, through oceanside neighborhoods to Yachats State Recreation Area (at the west end of 2nd St) and to downtown Yachats on the north side of the Yachats River.