For photographers, hikers, and travelers alike, God’s Thumb is one of the most spectacular places you can visit in Oregon.
Tucked away on the coast, this awe-inspiring natural formation offers hiking trails and some truly stunning views.
Even better, it offers some amazing photography opportunities!
So let’s take a look at what to expect if you’re taking a photography trip to God’s Thumb, how you can make the most of it, and then take a look at some photos that I and other photographers have taken in the area.
The Formation of God’s Thumb
God’s Thumb is an iconic rock formation located in the Cascade Head Nature Preserve near Lincoln City, Oregon. The formation is made up of two large rocks that jut out from the ocean with a striking archway connecting them.
It is believed that these rocks were formed millions of years ago by glacial erosion when glaciers moved down from Canada and carved out the land surrounding them.
The resulting formation has become extremely popular in the past few years so, be warned, you’ll probably be sharing the area with a horde of other people/photographers and may have to edit people out of your pictures.
Exploring the Trails
God’s Thumb offers several different trails for visitors to explore. One of the most popular trails is “The Loop Trail,” which takes you along the cliffs overlooking the ocean and leads to spectacular views at every turn.
There are also plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife along your journey such as whales, sea lions, and bald eagles.
God’s Thumb in Oregon is an absolute must-visit destination for any outdoor enthusiast or photographer looking for something special on their next trip.
So grab your camera or hiking boots (or both!) and head out to explore this incredible natural wonder! You won’t be disappointed!
God’s Thumb Photo Gallery
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Unique Opportunities For Photos Of God’s Thumb
God’s Thumb has become an iconic symbol of the Oregon Coast and pictures or clipart of it regularly appear on stickers, magnets, etc.
The thumb-shaped rock looks quite impressive when viewed from up close or far away, presenting perfect opportunities for photographers to capture amazing shots. With its dramatic cliffs, rugged shorelines, and breathtaking seascapes, this area offers some of the most unique photo ops anywhere in Oregon.
The best time to visit is during low tide when more beach access becomes available. Low tide also reveals a wide array of sea life that can provide an interesting subject matter for your photos. Additionally, if you plan ahead and know when sunset will happen while you are there, you can use this natural light to create some stunning photographs that capture the beauty of God’s Thumb at night.
With a little bit of planning and preparation, your photos will be something worth remembering!