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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.

Top Sights & Recreation:

  • Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

    Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

    This 12-mile stretch of coast offers scenic viewpoints, access to beaches and tide pool areas and hiking trails including one of the most beautiful stretches of the Oregon Coast Trail. Top stops include Arch Rock Viewpoint, Natural Bridges Cove Viewpoint, Whaleshead Beach State Park, House Rock Viewpoint, Cape Ferrelo Viewpoint, Lone Ranch State Park and Rainbow Rock Viewpoint. more info

  • Otter Point State Recreation Site

    Otter Point State Recreation Site

    Stop off for the view or get out and explore. The park offers hiking trails, beach access and views of its unique sandstone rock formations.

  • Myrtle Tree Trail

    Myrtle Tree Trail

    Take the trail to Oregon's largest Myrtle Tree, reaching 88 feet tall and with a canopy 70 feet wide. This particular tree is said to have 200-year old branches and a 400-year old trunk. The trail is located on Forest Service road 3533 ten miles east of Gold Beach more info

  • Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor

    Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor

    Park 200 feet above sea level for views of over 90 miles of coastline. Hike the 1.5 mile trail to lower levels of the cape through a deep forest of Sitka Spruce. During migration seasons, you may spot Gray Whales making their way along the coast.

  • Francis Shrader Old Growth Trail

    Francis Shrader Old Growth Trail

    An interpretive, 1.5 mile hike through old growth forest of Douglas Fir, Port Orford Cedar, Oregon Myrtle and Tanoak. In all, more than 22 species of trees, plants and shrubs inhabit the trail

Other Attractions:

  • Jerry's Rogue River Jet Boats

    Jerry's Rogue River Jet Boats

    Nature-based river adventures on the Rogue River.

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