Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Reedsport

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The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is located on the Oregon Coast, stretching approximately 40 miles (64 km) north of the Coos River in North Bend to the Siuslaw River in Florence, and adjoining Honeyman State Park on the west. It is part of Siuslaw National Forest and is administered by the United States Forest Service.

The Oregon Dunes are a unique area of windswept sand. They are the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America and one of the largest expanses of temperate coastal sand dunes in the world, with some dunes reaching 500 feet (150 m) above sea level. They are the product of millions of years of erosion by wind and rain on the Oregon Coast. There are about 7,000 acres (28 km2) of sand dunes, about a fifth of the total area of the national recreation area. The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area provides numerous recreational activities, including off-highway vehicle (OHV) use, hiking, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, and camping. The Carter Dunes Trail and Oregon Dunes Day Use provide forest access for the disabled.

Frank Herbert's science-fiction novel Dune was inspired (in part) by the author's research on and fascination with the area.
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  • Really big and expansive. Parking wasn't free, but we couldn't figure out where to get the parking pass. Wish we had rented a dune buggy. That would have been really cool. 
    Really big and expansive. Parking wasn't free, but we couldn't figure out where to get the parking pass. Wish we had rented a dune buggy. That would have been really cool.  more »
  • Beautiful expansive dunes. We had NO idea they would be so vast and gorgeous. Steep, high, clean, windy, wonderful. Oceanside experience was great fun too. There are some BIG dunes that are a kick to....  more
    Beautiful expansive dunes. We had NO idea they would be so vast and gorgeous. Steep, high, clean, windy, wonderful. Oceanside experience was great fun too. There are some BIG dunes that are a kick to....  more »
  • Didn't expect kids to love this part of our road trip as much as they did. Unlike beach sand, the sand here is very clean. The area we were in was pretty much empty - maybe Oregon kids were still in.....  more
    Didn't expect kids to love this part of our road trip as much as they did. Unlike beach sand, the sand here is very clean. The area we were in was pretty much empty - maybe Oregon kids were still in.....  more »
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  • If you like speed, sand, and laughing your head off; then you might want to try the Oregon Dunes. Had a lot of fun with my family a few weeks ago. Took a trip to Oregon, for a vacation and on our way back home we stopped by the Oregon dunes. If I knew just how much fun it was going to be I would have planned more time and went better prepared for the "SAND".
  • Love its my happy place
  • Felt like I was a location scout for the next Mad Max. The coast meeting these dunes was amazing. Some dune buggies were flying around in the distance but the place is large enough to easily find yourself alone in a constant state of wonderment. My dogs loved it too. Sand so soft and fine it literally leaves your hiking boots into thin air and you arrive back at the car with clean boots. Tides, endless beach and hills and hills of sand dunes framed by what looked like marram grass. We like to hit up state parks the last week of September through the first week of October, quiet, fall like weather still lingering around.
  • Miles of fun.
  • There is always an adventure to be had exploring the area. Observing wildlife, collecting seashells, hiking, cruising the beach or running the dunes...pack ot in pack it out. Make sure you've got a plan b and/or someone to call if you get stuck.

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