Southern Oregon Coast Bucket List
Our not-to-be-missed adventure hits
Oregon’s Southern Coast is one of the most wonderful places on earth. And since our scenic stretch between Brookings and Reedsport is a little off the beaten path, you’ll get more of it all to yourself. Explore 140 miles of hidden wildlife refuges, hikes to remote beaches and animated port towns. Buckle your seat belt to buggy across one of the biggest sand dune recreation areas in the world, then rest up for more at a nostalgic coastal hotel or a yurt with an ocean view. Don’t forget to enter to win the There’s No Place Like the Southern Oregon Coast sweepstakes.
Top Hikes & Itineraries
- Great 4-7 Day Itinerary for the South Coast
- Gold Beach - Scenic itinerary from Gold Beach to Brookings
- Brookings - Take in the Cape Ferrelo Trail
- Bandon - Bandon and Beyond highlights
- Port Orford - Hike, Paddle & Bike Port Orford
- Lakeside - Hike the epic John Dellenback Dunes Trail
- Reedsport/Winchester Bay - Take a gorgeous stroll around Lake Marie
- Coos Bay - Explore the Cape Arago Loop trails
- Near Coos Bay - Golden & Silver Falls hiking
Dune Buggy or Hike the Dunes
The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area stretches 40 miles up and down the coast and is one of the most otherworldly places you’ll ever visit. You can hike it, sandboard it, or you can dune buggy it. Both North Bend & Reedsport outfitters offer access and ATVs to get you zoom zoom zooming across the dunes.
Cycle the South Coast
For great Fat Tire Biking head to the awesome stretch between Bandon’s South Jetty & China Creek at Bandon State Park featuring natural sea caves. Mountain Bike epic forest to the sea trails at Whiskey Run Trail north of Bandon. The coast and river-hugging Wild River Coast Scenic Bikeway is a stunning ride near Port Orford. Don't want to bring your own bike? No problem, we have you covered. You can rent one here or here in Bandon.
Rich with history and stunning views, the Southern Oregon Coast is home to five, that’s right FIVE historic lighthouses. You can see one, but why not plan to see them all? Just check the links for closures before you go.
May to early September is king Chinook salmon season on the ocean. The spring brings tasty lingcod and rockfish. Here are a couple outfitters to get you started: Brookings Fishing Charters, Betty Kay Fishing Charters out of Charleston, and Sharky’s Charters out of Coos Bay. And don’t forget epic winter fishing on the south coast!
Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail
All that amazing Oregon food and drink? A lot of it comes from right here! Enjoy right-off-the-dock seafood, local cranberries, creameries, chocolate makers and breweries along the Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail.
No trip to the South Coast is complete without a rushing ride on Jerry’s Rogue Jets out of Gold Beach. Head miles up the wild and pristine Rogue River where osprey, river otters and black bears roam.
Win a Southern Oregon Coast Adventure!
The Southern Oregon Coast is home to epic beauty and wild adventure as well as great local eats, shops and outfitters. We want to help you enjoy it, so we cooked up a contest. Enter to win a two-night stay in one of those epic Airstreams at Bay Point Landing. Hungry? Head on over to the Wildflower Cafe or the Blue Heron Bistro, or travel up to Foley's Irish Pub in Bandon. You’ll have a gift certificate to all three, plus two passes to the Coos History Museum, the Prehistoric Gardens, and an afternoon of guided fat tire bike riding for two courtesy of South Coast Bicycles. So come on and click that link!
Hiking in Bandon by Cort Muller
Dunes by Mitchell McCall
Dogs on the beach by Manuela Durson
Bicycling by Erik Urdahl
Coquille Lighthouse by Manuela Durson
Fishing by Erik Urdahl
Chetco Beer by Erik Urdahl
Crabbing by Justin Meyers
Paddleboarding and kayaking by Erik Urdahl
Windsurfing by Mads Schmidt Rasmussen
Surfing by Erik Urdahl
Rogue Boat Tour by Blume Bauer
Brookings beach by Cameron Venti