Discover the Natural Beauty & Magic of the Oregon Dunes

Posted by TravelCoosBay on April 25, 2017

Trail begins in a conifer forest and provides vistas of fresh water lakes, wet areas within the forest and ocean waves. The trail wanders threw a spruce forest with substantial tree size and stops at the serene Threemile Lake and ends at the ocean beach. The trail offers either a difficult trek to the beach or an easy self-guided interpretive loop. The 2.7 miles to the beach may feel even longer as you traverse soft, open sand dunes. The open sand is unmarked due to constantly changing conditions. Hikers are advised to climb the tallest dune to get their bearings.

If you’re headed to the Southern Oregon Coast, a day exploring the magnificent Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is an absolute must.  Whether you enjoy an off-roading adventure on a quad or ATV, the serenity of hiking along the dunes and in the coastal forests, unlimited photo opps, horseback riding or camping-the opportunities for rest and relaxation are limitless in this magical destination.

“Just the massiveness of this area is worth the stop,” writes a recent visitor on Trip Advisor. “Just going there to sit in the sand and reflect on the beauty and the music that the ocean offers. The sunsets are breathtaking and it just gives you a chance to get away from all the hustle, noise, devices and crazy that our current lives offer. What an experience.”

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The view of the Pacific Ocean as you enter the beach area

The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Areathe largest expanse of coastal dunes in North America, features majestic dunes towering up to 500 feet above sea level, making you feel as if you’re standing on top of the world as you take in spectacular views. 

Here are some recommended points of interest for visitors to help you plan your upcoming visit.

Where to Begin

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area Visitor Center (in nearby Reedsport, Oregon) is a great place to begin your journey. Here you will find interpretive exhibits, maps, brochures, books, gifts and a friendly and helpful staff that can help you make the most of your visit to the Oregon Dunes. The visitor center sells recreation passes and special forest product permits such as mushrooms and firewood.

Where To Rent ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles)

Doon Bugs
Located at the Myrtlewood Factory
68752 Hauser Depot Road (off Hwy 101)
North Bend, OR 97459
(541) 660-5300

www.oregondunebugrentals.com

Dune Riders ATV
Sales and Rentals
68766 Hauser Depot Rd.
North Bend, OR 97459
(541) 680-1605
duneridersatv.com

Spinreel Dune Buggy Rentals, Inc.
67045 Spinreel Road
North Bend, OR 97459
(541) 759-3313; Fax (541) 759-4777
www.ridetheoregondunes.com

Steve’s ATV Rental
68512 Highway 101
North Bend, OR 97459
(541) 751-1800
www.StevesATVRentals.com

Where to Hike

Bluebill Trail
North Bayside, OR
Bluebill Trail is a 1.25 mile loop and is the most southern trail in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.

Horsfall Beach
North Bend, OR 97459
Located along the Oregon National Recreation Area, Horsfall Beach is a haven for locals and visitors alike. Miles of open sand, flooded deflation plain wet lands, beach and inland dunes can be found here.

John Dellenback Dunes Trail

67760 Spinreel Road
Lakeside, OR
Trail begins in a conifer forest and provides vistas of fresh water lakes, wet areas within the forest and ocean waves. The trail wanders threw a spruce forest with substantial tree size and stops at the serene Threemile Lake and ends at the ocean.

Oregon Dunes Loop Trail
Oregon Dunes Overlook
Amenities: Restrooms, viewpoints, potable water
Trail is paved for the first half-mile to a viewing area and several picnic sites. From there the trail is not accessible for wheel chairs.

Where to Camp

Horsfall Beach OHV Campground
North Bend, OR 97459
(877) 444-6777
Horsfall Beach Campground, located near North Bend, offers direct beach and dune access.

Bluebill Campground
North Bend, OR 97459
(877) 444-6777
Bluebill Campground, located 2.5 miles west of Highway 101 on Horsfall Dunes, offers 18 paved campsites with fire pits, picnic tables, water, refuse receptacles and a dumpsite.

Oregon Dunes KOA Kampgrounds
68632 Highway 101
North Bend, OR 97459
(541) 756-4851
800-KOA-4236
questions@oregonduneskoa.COM
RV’s any size. Tent sites, drinking water, convenience store, playground, ATV access to dunes, common cooking area, fire pits, herb gardens and cabins available

Spinreel Campground
Spinreel Road
North Bend, OR 97459-7759
(877) 444-6777
Spinreel Campground, located south of Lakeside, offers fishing, boating, horseback riding, picnicking, Off-Highway Vehicle riding on the dunes and beach.

Wild Mare Horse Campground
North Bend, OR 97459
(877) 444-6777
Wild Mare Horse Campground, located in the southwest corner of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, provides 12 campsites with fire pits and tables.

Horsfall Campground
North Bend, OR 97459
(877) 444-6777
Horsfall Campground, located in the southwest corner of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, offers 69 paved campsites.

Other recommended camping sites
Riley Ranch Campground
Eel Creek RV Park and Campground

Learn more by visiting the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area Travel Guide. Annual and five day passes can be purchased at the Oregon Dunes NRA. Call (541) 271-6000 for more information. Before you head out, be sure to read our post, Oregon Dunes Recreation Basics and Safety You can also find maps by going to http://www.fs.fed.us.