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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  • Oregon dunes are some of the largest I’ve ever seen. We’re used to seeing Oceano in Pismo and these are way bigger. Rental places are available for ATV’s and UTV’s as well as a non vehicle area for...  more »
  • We have been coming to this campground for week-long stays for last several years. In 2019 many improvements to the sites were accomplished. Much needed pavement and site defining separation are a...  more »
  • Several access points over 30 mile stretch on Hwy. 101. We just stopped for a photo op, Sand dunes are an interesting contrast to the cliffs that frequent the Oregon coastline. Going south, dunes.....  more »
  • Awesome scenery. We climbed one of the dunes to get to the ocean and walk along the beach. Beautiful hard packed beach by the water. Got my feet wet in the Pacific ocean. I am 71 and my husband is 72. We are from Michigan. We had a wonderful day.
  • We used to visit yearly from 1998-2010, and with this being our first time back out in nine years, it feels great! There's lots of great trails & dunes to explore. Docking a star since more trails & sections are restricted than before.
  • If you want to have the experience how it is in the desert, this is a must do. We were there on a hot day without clouds. We felt the wind, the blazing sun and walked through the sand. It is very exhausting to walk up the dunes because after every step you slip down again. After half an hour you sweat and empty your water bottle. The landscape is gorgeous. You can see the ocean in the distance in front of you and the forest in the back. You don't have to exactly follow the trail. This enhances your experience being somewhat lost in the desert. The shape of the scenery makes this even easier because if you go down a dune you will loose the sight of the wooden posts which are marking the trail. The beach finally comes as great reward. I definitely do not want to have go back to the parking in the dark...
  • Beautiful place. Great for family, friends and solo events. More than just off road riding and atvs. Beach access. Hiking Fishing Swimming Camping and more. Over ran by side-by-sides.
  • This place was a nice one to take the dirt bikes, the 90s, the 450, our side by sides! It worked out well for our entire family to ride.... most everyone that we came in contact with seemed to be respectful of other riders. I was impressed with the entire atmosphere here.

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