North Siuslaw River

Eugene, Oregon

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A beautiful drive along the North Fork of the Siuslaw River tidal flats, then up a densely forested mountain and along a ridge that runs above the Rock Creek Wilderness. The road emerges on the coast just south of Cape Perpetua. This is a pretty, pleasant little route that will instantly whisk you away from the crowds on Highway 101. With just a little effort, you can stick your toe into one of the smallest and most charming wilderness areas in the federal system. The road starts at a wide riparian tidal flat that occasionally fills with salt water. The flat consists of a grassy expanse with the wide, curvy river meandering through the middle. Bender Landing County Park, 3 miles up, offers the best view of this portion of the river. As you progress, the valley gradually narrows. At mile 11, a side road leads to Highway 36 and Mapleton. At mile 15, the pavement narrows to a winding one-lane blacktop. At mile 20, the road leaves the streamside and starts climbing.
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by Art Bernstein (Wilderness Press)

A beautiful drive along the North Fork of the Siuslaw River tidal flats, then up a densely forested mountain and along a ridge that runs above the Rock Creek Wilderness. The road emerges on the coast just south of Cape Perpetua. This is a pretty, pleasant little route that will instantly whisk you away from the crowds on Highway 101. With just a little effort, you can stick your toe into one of the smallest and most charming wilderness areas in the federal system.

The road starts at a wide riparian tidal flat that occasionally fills with salt water. The flat consists of a grassy expanse with the wide, curvy river meandering through the middle. Bender Landing County Park, 3 miles up, offers the best view of this portion of the river. As you progress, the valley gradually narrows. At mile 11, a side road leads to Highway 36 and Mapleton. At mile 15, the pavement narrows to a winding one-lane blacktop. At mile 20, the road leaves the streamside and starts climbing.

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Activity Type: Fishing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Eugene
Distance: 36.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Access: Easy
Local Contacts: Siuslaw National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Tiernan, Cummins Peak, Heceta Head
Driving Directions: Directions to North Siuslaw River

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May 2018