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  • Sandboarding in Florence OR by Julia Carr
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  • Wildlife, Sea Lions, Oregon Coast by Donna Traw
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Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast - 7 Wonders of Oregon Badge 

Go Geocaching on the Oregon Coast!

What to Do on the Oregon Coast

One of Oregon's 7 Wonders, the Oregon Coast invites storm watchers, whale watchers and beachcombers to marvel at its sheer dramatic beauty. Follow the Oregon Coast National Scenic Byway from Dunes City to Cape Perpetua on bicycle, by car or RV. Sink your toes in the sand at long, uncrowded beaches; explore leafy wayside parks; and tour historic monuments.

Unique activities on the Oregon Coast include dune buggy rides, sandboarding, golfing, camping near the sand dunes and gaming at Three Rivers Casino. Discover special events year-round, from sand sculpting to art tours.

For more suggested adventures, check out our Oregon Coast Adventure Guide.

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Alder Lake
  • Hwy 101
  • Florence OR 97463
  • Region: Florence - Oregon Coast
  • Subcategory: Water Activities

Located 6.5 miles North of Florence, West of Hwy 101. Good fishing for stocked rainbow trout in spring. Bank fishing from trail along lake. Access from USFS Alder Dune MORE >>

Cape Perpetua Visitor Center
  • 2400 Hwy 101
  • Yachats OR 97498
  • Phone: 541.547.3289
  • Region: Florence - Oregon Coast
  • Subcategory: Natural Wonders

Towering trees looming through a coastal fog. Frothy surf crashing upon jagged shores. Majestic headlands offering clear views for miles. Located two miles (3.22 km) MORE >>

Carter Lake
  • Hwy 101
  • Florence OR 97439
  • Region: Florence - Oregon Coast
  • Subcategory: Water Activities

28 acres (11 ha) This lake is located south of Florence, west of Highway 101. Fish for largemouth bass, yellow perch, and hatchery rainbow trout. MORE >>

Cummins Creek Trail #1382
  • Highway 101, 4 miles south of Yachats
  • Just off Forest Road #1050
  • Florence OR 97439
  • Region: Florence - Oregon Coast
  • Subcategory: Outdoor Adventures

Suited for challenging mountain biking and hiking. It is 9.2 miles of nature, ocean, steep descents, and fast biking on a double-track trail. The more difficult portion MORE >>

Deadwood Covered Bridge
  • Deadwood Creek Rd
  • Deadwood OR 97430
  • Region: Florence - Oregon Coast
  • Subcategory: Arts, Culture & Wine

Stream: Deadwood Creek Length: 105 feet (32 m) Year Constructed: 1932 Nearest Town: Swisshome Located five miles (8 km) north of Highway 36 just off Deadwood Creek Road MORE >>

Dune Lake
  • Hwy 101
  • Florence OR 97463
  • Region: Florence - Oregon Coast
  • Subcategory: Water Activities

Located 6.5 miles north of Florence west of Hwy 101. Good fishing for stocked rainbow trout in spring. Bank fishing form trail along lake. Access form USFS Alder Dune MORE >>

Florence Skatepark
  • 18th St & Oak St
  • Miller Park
  • Florence OR 97439
  • Phone: 541.997.4106
  • Region: Florence - Oregon Coast
  • Subcategory: Sports & Recreation

The Florence Skatepark at Miller Park was designed by Airspeed and opened in 2004. It features a quarter pipe, full pipe, bowl, vert, metal coping, pool coping and a MORE >>

Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint
  • 92072 Hwy 101 S
  • 12 miles (19 km) north of Florence
  • Yachats OR 97498
  • Phone: 541.547.3416
  • Region: Florence - Oregon Coast
  • Subcategory: Arts, Culture & Wine

Just north of Florence OR, the Heceta Head Lighthouse stands above Cape Creek as it flows into the ocean. The beautiful beach cove below is a stunning spot for beach MORE >>

Heceta Head Lighthouse Trail #1370
  • 12 mi north of Florence on HWY 101
  • Florence OR 97439
  • Phone: 541.750.7000
  • Region: Florence - Oregon Coast
  • Subcategory: Outdoor Adventures

This easy 1 mi (1,6 km) trail starts at the North end of Devil's Elbow State Park and climbs .3 mi (,5 km) through salal and a spruce grove to an old road. On your right MORE >>

Kentucky Falls
  • Hwy 126 between MP 26 & 27
  • Turn at Whittaker Creek Rec Area Sign
  • USFA Rd 919
  • Mapleton OR 97453
  • Region: Florence - Oregon Coast
  • Subcategory: Natural Wonders

Kentucky Falls Trail #1376 showcases three remote waterfalls that range from spring rages to late summer trickles. The Upper Kentucky Falls tumbles 100 ft (30.48 m) and MORE >>

Kentucky Falls
  • Hwy 126 between MP 26 & 27
  • Turn at Whittaker Creek Rec Area Sign
  • USFA Rd 919
  • Mapleton OR 97453
  • Region: Florence - Oregon Coast
  • Subcategory: Waterfalls

Kentucky Falls Trail #1376 showcases three remote waterfalls that range from spring rages to late summer trickles. The Upper Kentucky Falls tumbles 100 ft (30.48 m) and MORE >>

Lake Creek Covered Bridge
  • Nelson Mountain Rd
  • Greenleaf OR 97430
  • Region: Florence - Oregon Coast
  • Subcategory: Arts, Culture & Wine

Stream: Lake Creek Length: 105 feet (32 m) Year Constructed: 1928 Nearest Town: Greenleaf Located on Nelson Mountain Road, just off Highway 36, 30 miles west of Highway MORE >>

Loon Lake
  • Hwy 101
  • (South on Florence of Siltcoos beach access road)
  • Florence OR 97463
  • Region: Florence - Oregon Coast
  • Subcategory: Water Activities

About 7.5 miles south of Florence west of Hwy 101. Stocked rainbow trout in spring. Access from Siltcoos Beach access road. Turn left on gravel road near telephone booth. MORE >>

Mercer Lake
  • 5 mi (8 km) North of Florence
  • Hwy 101
  • Florence OR 97439
  • Region: Florence - Oregon Coast
  • Subcategory: Natural Wonders

Water ski, swim, or fish the warm waters of Mercer Lake. Dense brush along the shoreline makes Mercer Lake best enjoyed from a boat or cabin. Mercer Lake Resort offers MORE >>

Mercer Lake
  • 5 mi (8 km) North of Florence
  • Hwy 101
  • Florence OR 97439
  • Region: Florence - Oregon Coast
  • Subcategory: Water Activities

(341 acres/138 ha) Mercer lake is located north of Florence, east of Highway 101. Stocked with yellow perch, largemouth bass, bluegill, warmouth, brown bullhead catfish, MORE >>