The wild and scenic Rogue River meets the sea at Gold Beach, so named for the prolific gold mining that took place here in the 1800s. Today, visitors enjoy uncrowded beaches, hiking trails, forests and rugged mountains. Jet boat excursions up the river or ocean fishing and sightseeing trips are popular activities. About six miles south of Gold Beach is the Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor where two parking lots 200 feet above sea level provide spectacular views of the coastline both north and south. At the south parking lot a 1.5-mile walking trail through the vast Sitka spruce forest takes you out to the cape, a great whale watching vantage point.