Southern Oregon Coast

Gold Beach, Oregon

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A 107-mile drive along the Southern Oregon Coast, with its magnificent beaches and forested hills. South of Coos Bay, the highway parallels Isthmus Slough for a few miles then cuts southwest over wooded hills to Bandon. Traversing flat and rolling hills, it moves inland through thick forest, flanks mountains and descends along magnificent shorelines to Gold Beach. Climbing Cape Sebastian’s western slopes, the scenery reaches its zenith in a series of state parks with spectacular views of deep ravines, offshore rocks, and inlets. The south coast is the heart of myrtlewood country. At roadside shops and factories, you can watch craftsmen shape the distinctive hardwood, carving out dishes, jewelry, and figurines. Special attractions: Bandon waterfront and cheese factory, West Coast Game Park, Cape Blanco, prehistoric gardens, Battle Rock, Cape Sebastian, Rogue River, rugged coastline parks, storm and whale watching. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

Southern Oregon Coast Professional Review and Guide

"A 107-mile drive along the Southern Oregon Coast, with its magnificent beaches and forested hills. South of Coos Bay, the highway parallels Isthmus Slough for a few miles then cuts southwest over wooded hills to Bandon. Traversing flat and rolling hills, it moves inland through thick forest, flanks mountains and descends along magnificent shorelines to Gold Beach. Climbing Cape Sebastian’s western slopes, the scenery reaches its zenith in a series of state parks with spectacular views of deep ravines, offshore rocks, and inlets.

The south coast is the heart of myrtlewood country. At roadside shops and factories, you can watch craftsmen shape the distinctive hardwood, carving out dishes, jewelry, and figurines. Special attractions: Bandon waterfront and cheese factory, West Coast Game Park, Cape Blanco, prehistoric gardens, Battle Rock, Cape Sebastian, Rogue River, rugged coastline parks, storm and whale watching. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Gold Beach
Distance: 107
Season: Year-round; January and March best for migrating whales
Local Contacts: Bay Area Chamber of Commerce
Driving Directions: Directions to Southern Oregon Coast

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May 2018