South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

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South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Coos Bay, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.2 miles
337 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips



wild flowers


16 days ago

one of my favorite trails

1 month ago

Great easy/moderate depending on the ages/fitness of the hikers. Our kids really enjoy this trail.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike. Well maintained trails.

5 months ago

Neat way to learn about the ecosystem of the area. They do tours certain times of the year to teach kids about the types of plants animals and fungus that grows. Also a nice walk.

6 months ago

This is a beautiful area and I never get tired of exploring it.

6 months ago


There are several ground hornet hives near the beginning of the Hidden Creek Trail.

The coordinates to the first hive we came across is approximately 43.294, -124.330 just be a bend in the trail. There are several other hives near those coordinates.

My wife is highly allergic to bee and hornet stings. We had to use her epi-pen and rush towards Bandon to the closest hospital. We called 911 and an ambulance met us just south of Bandon Dunes.

7 months ago

Really pretty walk. The platform walk through the skunk weed was suowe cool! There are a lot of trails to choose from along the way which made finding our way a little challenging. Thank goodness for the app because it helped lead us out.

8 months ago

took the 4 of us 2 hours ( at leisure) such a great.

11 months ago

a family favorite

Monday, August 22, 2016

Nice and easy trail. It has a lot of other trails that stem off of it. I would definitely recommend it though.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Amazing trail.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I love this trail. There is so much beauty around every corner. The signage is really informative. I've hiked this trail a dozen or so times and it never gets old.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

I would have given this 5 stars except for one thing, there was great signage but no mileage on most. It would have been nice to get an estimate on signage how far you had to travel. lucky for me I grabbed a brochure with map at the center and it mostly had mileage. I tried mapping with the app but 1st time out did not get it right. Best part is the boardwalks they built over the swamp area and all the skunk cabbage was undamaged and could be photographed. Have to go again, different times of year, I did not see it all, or walk it all. loved it.

Monday, April 18, 2016

I've hiked this trail at least 20 times with my kids . Its always an adventure .

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Well maintained. Gorgeous scenery.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Beautiful scenery

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This is a well-maintained fairly heavily trafficked trail that allows visitors to view a variety of habitat types. There are tons of mushrooms and other tiny hidden gems, some picturesque scenes of the slough, and a neat walk through a more marshy area with a raised wood trail. Its worth a visit, especially if you like to take photos, but not very strenuous.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Beautiful. Lots of cool mushrooms to discover if your very observant. If you go you must walk through the tunnel trail. Perfect trail for a small day hike.

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