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Whether you’re looking for epic coastal hikes, golfing by the ocean, surfing on a remote beach, or sand boarding a dune, you can find it all at the Oregon Coast.

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Whether you’re looking for epic coastal hikes, golfing by the ocean, surfing on a remote beach, or sand boarding a dune, you can find it all at the Oregon Coast.

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Central Coast

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Jutting into the Pacific Ocean, this harsh, unforgiving environment hosts many forms of life. Harbor seals and whales are visible offshore year-round. In spring and summer, thousands of seabirds flock to the near-shore islands to breed and raise their young....

750 NW Lighthouse Dr.
Newport, OR

541-574-3100
Email us (blm_or_no_yhona_comments[at]blm[dot]gov)

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South Coast

Cape Blanco State Park

Cape Blanco is the most southern of Oregon’s lighthouses, and is the westernmost point in Oregon. Proposed in 1864, it was the first lighthouse in the state outfitted with a first-order Fresnel lens in 1870. The first-order lens was replaced...

Sixes, OR

541-332-2973

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South Coast

Wavecrest Discoveries

Reconnect with nature on Oregon’s South Coast in the “mind-refreshing” nature-based tours and activities by Wavecrest Discoveries. These engaging and enlightening explorations refresh your mind and spirit as you gain an intimate understanding of this scenic, diverse region. Fun and...

Coos Bay, OR

541-267-4027
Email us (mgiles[at]wavecrestdiscoveries[dot]com)

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South Coast

Elk Creek Falls Trail

Elk Creek Trail, located near Elk Creek, offers a mile of hiking and several picnic sites. The trail leaves Forest Service Road #33, and splits-the left fork follows Elk Creek for a short distance to a scenic viewpoint of the...

Powers, OR
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South Coast

Bullards Beach State Park

Bullards Beach is a large, family-oriented park located just two miles north of Bandon. The campground is nestled among shore pines and protected from the strong ocean breezes. The park offers three loops of campsites, all of which are equipped...

Bandon, OR

541-347-2209

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South Coast

Mario Arguilles

If you enjoy sport fishing with light tackle for trophy salmon and steelhead then come along with us for the trip of a lifetime. During the months of August, September, October, November, December and January the Klamath river is one...

18116 Rainbow Rock Rd
Brookings, OR

(805) 878-6061
Email us (mario[at]fishmario[dot]com)

Travel Stories

The Science of Sand

Next to majestic sea stacks and awe-inspiring surf, sand might not be the most obvious marvel of the Oregon Coast. Without those humble little granules, though, there would be no sandcastles, no writing your name on the beach and no sinking your toes into warm softness on a dune hike. Here’s a crash course on how sand comes and goes, who lives in this special habitat, and how we can help protect it.
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Ship Watching in Astoria

Most visitors to Astoria arrive from the east or south. It’s the most northwestern city in Oregon, after all, situated on the south bank of the Columbia River where it meets the roiling Pacific Ocean. But a few special visitors to Astoria actually arrive from the west, and some of them haven’t seen land in nearly two weeks.
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5 Winter Forest Walks on the Oregon Coast

There is something invigorating about a walk through a coastal Oregon forest at the start of the new year — swollen creeks and thundering falls; deep, mossy greens; towering, swaying trees. Underfoot could be banana slugs, newts and mushrooms; above, the occasional bald eagle or osprey sailing by. One can’t help but be energized and refreshed, ready to embark on another year with a new commitment to getting out amidst all the splendor this corner of the world has to offer.
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Snuggle Up With a Great Book on the Coast

Short days and crisp weather create the perfect environment for cozying up with a good book, and the Oregon Coast is a great place to do it. We asked Charlie J. Stephens — owner of Port Orford’s Sea Wolf Books & Community Writing Center — for their recommendations of what and where to read on the Coast this winter. Here are some favorites to check out on your next coastal vacation.
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Tide Pooling With an Expert at Cape Perpetua

Discover the wild and wonderful world of Oregon’s intertidal zones. Full of mystery, the intertidal zone on the Oregon Coast is brimming with colorful marine life. During low tide, a captivating cosmos is revealed — guides can help you explore...
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Hike and Chill on the Oregon Coast Trail

Pair your next epic adventure with a scoop of locally crafted ice cream. Ocean vistas appear just around the bend along the rugged Oregon Coast Trail, which spans the mouth of the Columbia River in the north and the state...
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Events on the Oregon Coast

April 17, 2024

Group Run – Weekly Wednesday Evenings

PreWay at 2nd Street Parking Lot
Coos Bay, OR
April 17, 2024

Wind Down Wednesdays with Live Music

1987 Sherman Ave.
North Bend, OR
April 18, 2024

“A Long Way to Nowhere” Film Screening

229 S. Broadway
Coos Bay, OR
April 18, 2024

Thursday Group Run – South Coast Running Club

880 S. 1st Street (Farr's Parking Lot)
Coos Bay, OR

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