Your Southern Oregon Guide


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Take a trip along the rugged Pacific coastline on Oregon's Pacific Coast Highway, moving past endless beaches and temperate rain forests. With landscapes dominated by waterfalls cascading over rugged cliffs at Munson Creek and farms and sandy beaches of the Oregon coast, it's clear to see how this area became one of the most photographed in Oregon.

The salt-scented, coastal air follows you as you hike among sun-dappled pathways among spiny trees, exploring the best of both worlds in the Siuslaw National Forest near the ocean. Listen to the crashing surf as you investigate tide pools or watch for whales. Explore the coastal trails that provide breathtaking views of the sea-worn rocks of the Pacific Coast at Port Orford Heads State Park.

There are numerous spots to explore and a variety of wildlife and greenery along with a wide array of parks that surround the roadway, The Pacific Coast Highway is home to a number of scenic and historic towns, from Brookings (pictured) and Port Orford through Bandon (pictured) in the southern region, then moving north towards Newport to Astoria at the far northern region of Oregon

Harris Beach (pictured) by Brookings is a wonderful spot to spend the day. There is a state park located there as well. In Brookings you will find a harbor, seafood and gift shops and other things to see and do.

Lighthouses - Visit the multitude of lighthouses in the area, such as Rogue Umpqua Lighthouse (pictured) and Cape Blanco, the oldest lighthouse on the Oregon coast. Also consider Yaquina Head's lighthouse, one of the most beautiful in America. Join other visitors to the coast to catch a glimpse of the gray whales on their yearly journey to the lagoons of Mexico. Enjoy a more peaceful walk along Blacklock Point, where you can almost feel the spray of foaming ocean water crashing against the luminescent cliffs of the South Coast. Another lighthouse is the Heceta Head Lighthouse, a fully functional lighthouse built in 1894 and the brightest point on the Oregon coast. Explore an isolated wilderness in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest amid the backdrop of mountains, meadows, streams, and lakes. See our Lighthouse Section for all Lighthouses.

In the middle region of Oregon coast there are over 40 miles of coastline from Florence to Coos Bay make up the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
Other towns and cities include Newport and Tillamook which has some of the best cheese in the country. Try a sample of it as you pass through the town. Newport.

Astoria at the far north region, boasts historic charm and examples of Victorian architecture. Stop in at the se and imagine life for the occupants over a century ago. A visit at Christmastime provides you with the chance to enjoy an old fashioned tea with traditional plum pudding. T Seaside's famous promenade has been visited by tourists for decades. Rest your feet as you stare out at the churning eddies of water. The Lewis and Clark Memorial statue marks the end of the trail. Here you'll learn about the history of their expedition and wander around the reconstructed Fort Clatsop.

See our City Profiles Section for Town/Cities and Area Info in Southern Oregon. and visit our Recreation Menu Tab above for more.

We have a map below for the Southern Coast area only at this time.

Photo 1: Harris Beach
Photo 2: Brookings
Photo 3: Rogue-Umpqua Lighthouse.
Photo 4: Bandon

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