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Agate Beach State Recreation Site
Alsea Bay Historic Interpretive Center
Beachside State Recreation Site
Beverly Beach State Park
Bob Straub State Park
Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint
Bolon Island Tideways State Scenic Corridor
Cape Lookout State Park
Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge
Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park
D River State Recreation Site
Darlingtonia State Natural Site
Devils Lake State Recreation Area
Devils Punch Bowl State Natural Area
Driftwood Beach State Recreation Site
Ellmaker State Wayside
Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area
Gleneden Beach State Recreation Site
Governor Patterson Memorial State Recreation Site
H.B. Van Duzer Forest State Scenic Corridor
Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint
Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park
Lost Creek State Recreation Site
Munson Creek State Natural Area
Muriel O. Ponsler Memorial State Scenic Viewpoint
Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint
Neskowin Beach State Recreation Site
Oceanside Beach State Recreation Site
Ona Beach State Park
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Otter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint
Roads End State Recreation Site
Seal Rock State Recreation Site
Siuslaw National Forest
Smelt Sands State Recreation Site
South Beach State Park
South Jetty (South Beach)
Stonefield Beach State Recreation Site
The Cove Palisades State Park
Umpqua Lighthouse State Park
W. B. Nelson State Recreation Site
Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site

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Description - Oregon's Coast offers miles of beach and dune which are all open to the public. Outstanding scenery, mild temperatures and numerous recreation opportunities make the coast one of the most popular regions in the state. The terrain varies from huge monoliths standing off the coast, to sand dunes of 40 miles in length and more than 550 feet tall, to long, wide-open stretches of sand, trimmed by wind-carved spruce and fir trees.

Attractions - State Parks and Waysides line the coast. Some of the largest State Parks in the region include Beverly Beach, Cape Lookout, Devil's Lake, South Beach, Beachside, Carl G. Washburne and Jessie M. Honeyman. Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is located between Florence and Coos Bay on the Central and South coast and covers 32,000 acres. This is an unique and exciting landscape which readily lends itself to recreation.

The Siuslaw National Forest lies inland from the central coast. The Siuslaw's temperate rain forest, coastal influence, ocean-forest interface, relatively young Douglas-fir forest, and cultural history make it unique among all other national forests. The Siskiyou encompasses a portion of the Coast Range, inland from the south coast. World-class rivers, biological diversity, fisheries, and complex watersheds rank the Siskiyou high in the nation as an outstanding resource.

Recreation - This beautiful area offers excellent outdoor recreation opportunities. Gray whales migrate along the shores of the Oregon coast from December through April, although there is often a pod that stays off shore year round. There are dozens of whale watching viewpoints off the Oregon Coast as well as whale watching tours by charter boat. World-class salmon, steelhead and sturgeon fishing may be found on the rivers flowing into the Pacific Ocean.

Other popular recreation activities include hiking and walking on the beaches, hiking in the adjacent mountains, viewing the scenery and wildlife, bird-watching, camping, picnicking, swimming and surfing.

Climate - The Oregon coast receives abundant rainfall, mostly between October and April. July and August bring the best chance for clear days. Summer temperatures are normally moderate and almost never hot. Winter temperatures are normally cool at the lower elevations and cold at the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent and does not stay on the ground for long.

Location - The Central Coast stretches from Tillamook Bay and the town of Tillamook in the north, to the Umpqua River and the town of Reedsport in the south. Some of the larger communities in this region include Lincoln City, Newport and Florence. Highway 101, which leads along the coast, provides the primary access to this region.


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Report: Hey! Oregon has the most beautiful coastline in the world - there is something for everyone: sandy beaches that stretch forever, tide pools, rocky headlands, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, critters, whales, eagles the list goes on and on. Experience a small piece of it - hike to Harts Cove near Lincoln city. 5 miles round trip through beautiful old forest out to a cool meadow that overlooks great views of the coast to the north and south and looks into the picturesque Harts Cove. It is a small inaccessible code, cliff lines with waterfall and when we visited it had huge, huge waves crashing everywhere! See more info, pictures, GPS info, map etc at Harts cove hike. See other trip reports at Metatropo GPS software, trip reports, etc.


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Contact Information:
Travel Oregon, 670 Hawthorne St, Suite 240 , Salem, OR, 97301, Phone: 800-547-7842, Fax: 503-986-0001

Additional Information:
Oregon Travel Regions - Oregon is broken into nine travel regions to facilitate your search for an outdoor recreation site. These regions include: the North Coast, the Central Coast, the South Coast, the Portland Metro Area, the Columbia River Gorge/Mt. Hood Area, the Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon, Central Oregon and Eastern Oregon.

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