Hobbit Beach Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Florence, OR that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Hobbit Beach Trail is an approximately 1 mile round trip out-and-back hike that takes you from Hwy 101 down to the beach just north of Haceta Head. This is part of Carl G Washburne Memorial State Park - trail marker #93. The hike is downhill approximately 200 feet to the beach, then uphill on the return to the highway. The trail is well marked and maintained as there are several other trails in the area that this one can be integrated into. The namesake is for the small chutes and openings in the sand and vegetation at the end of the trail that you must go through to make access onto the beach. Children especially love this fun adventure. There are several Hobbit holes to pick from besides the main one and provides some different options. The main trail access is clearly marked on the beach with a yellow #93 sign when you are done exploring the beach and want to come back up.
This trail is magical! You hike through beautiful forest and suddenly come out onto a private beach. I have never seen this area crowded. The hike is very short and easy but it still makes you feel like you have moved a little. Simple but sweet! As a side note, the trailhead can be hard to spot on the highway. It's on the left side going northbound and slightly set back. Hopefully there is another car parked to help!
I first hiked this trail in 1986, and it's where I fell in love with OR and decided to live here someday. Hiked it again shortly after moving to Eugene 10 years later. And since then of course. Always magical and quite popular especially in good weather.