Gold Beach, OR Professional Review and Guide
"Gold was once mined from the black-sand beaches of Curry County. In fact, in the mid-nineteenth century, hundreds of placer miners worked the beaches near the present site of Gold Beach, which lies smack on the ocean and along the south bank of the Rogue River. But now the broad, uncrowded beaches, stretching north and south from the mouth of the Rogue, attract whale watchers, beachcombers, clam diggers, kite fliers, hikers, surf fishermen, and windsurfers. The area’s main attraction is the Rogue, a designated wild and scenic river.
Waters above the scenic section are off-limits to powerboats. Here drift boats, kayaks, and inflatable rafts take anglers and adventurers along the wild Rogue. To control traffic in this section, access is limited and permits are required. Many miles of trails serve hikers and backpackers, either along the ocean or along the Rogue. Upriver trails take hikers past pioneer ranches and a fishing cabin that belonged to author Zane Grey. Those who prefer to explore by car will find several routes to their liking. This eTrail includes information on lodging, campgrounds, RV parks, restaurants, entertainment, shopping, and outdoor activities near this coastal city."