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South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Shore Acres State Park

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 bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.2 mi Elevation gain 337 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

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Reviews (92)
Photos (153)
Recordings (54)
Completed (162)
Noe Piearcy
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Great walk/hike.

Riley Kirby
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Hiking

DESPITE WHAT THIS SAYS THIS TRAIL IS OPEN DURING COVID-19: I went there today (5/4/2020) and they had a sign posted stating it was open just observe social distancing.

Carol Serpa
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Hiking

Possibly one of the very best trails I’ve ever hiked. Extremely well-maintained and gorgeous! Every type of terrain is visible from the trail. I can’t say enough about this beautiful hike! If you plan to do the entire loop, you need to be in decent shape. The North Trail going back up to the visitor center is steep.

Niko Bright
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Hiking
Niko Bright
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Hiking

Very nice hike! Path though woods was very soothing... Loved the little bridges along the trails. Took the boardwalk loop. The raised platforms were very unique. Not much traffic which was nice, it is Oregons rainy season afterall.

James Korner
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Hiking

What an amazing trail. Took just under two hours but I go slow and stop to photograph a lot. A few trees have apparently recently blown into the trail but nothing that can’t be overcome. Only ran into one other couple. Even in December it is beautiful here. I will be back.

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Hiking

This was a fantastic trail! First time I’ve been here. We were thoroughly impressed with the condition of the path and the decking at the overlook. The interpretive center had tons of information for adults and children, very nice building. I enjoyed the trail along with my boys (7&9), mom, and Grandma.

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Sam Johnson
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Running

Beautiful. Highly recommend. Clearly marked trails but definitely take a picture of the map beforehand so know what trail to take at forks. Cool forest trails and some boardwalks.

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Jon Christensen
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Hiking

If you follow hidden creek trail to north creek trail it is 3.01 miles. It is a beautiful hike.

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Hiking

This hike was easy and extremely enjoyable. Beautiful the entire way. A great 2+ mile loop for all skill and fitness levels. Will definitely be taking visitors on this one.

Rebekah Johnson
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Hiking

We loved the trail we got to see so many birds a couple of little garden snakes would love to do it again

Daniel Sachse
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Hiking

This is a wonderful hike. Trail is in excellent condition. If you have never hiked this trail it can be a bit confusing. Look at map by bathroom to understand how this trail goes for a loop.

Diane McKillop
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Hiking

What a great we’ll maintained trail! beautiful for sure saw wonderful things along the way! looking forward to seeing what the orange berries are?

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David Bantz
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HikingMuddy

Actually about 3.5 miles, fun for the whole family though. Little muddy this time a year but nice. Would rate easy to medium as the elevation is higher then it said as well.

Ashleigh Shibles
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Hiking

The South Slough is one of my favorite nature walk/hike adventure. We had beautiful weather today so we headed out there around 2pm. We took the long trail and it took us about 2 hours at an easy pace with a few rests. Very well maintained trails and bathrooms. Maps are available at the interpretive center by the bathrooms.

Tammy Ward
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Love this trail. The trail is easy on footing. But the hills can make it a bit more moderate of a trail to me. It seems to be more than 2.2 miles long. Best to start at the interpreter center, this way you are going down step hill first instead of waling up the step hill when you are tired. Beautifying views

Robin Gregory
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has such a great time looking out the new decks over the marsh. Nobody on the trails. beautiful walk and so well kept. We will be back with a sack lunch next time.

Katie Conn
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Hiking

Nice, easy hike. There were signs for bees, but we did not encounter any. The trail was very well maintained. There were lots of boardwalks and viewing areas. The visitor center is closed on Monday which meant the bathrooms were closed. We gave this a 4-star because there were lots of options on ways to go, but without a map, it was not clear on how to complete the loop.

Cheryl Applegate-Barton
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I love this hike. It is beautiful but it is close to the ocean so it can be chilly at times. I start at the bottom of the hill trail head so the last mile is up hill. I would say that part is more moderate than easy...It is a very nice hike though. fyi: I am over weight and 56 years old.

Kimberly Brick
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one of my favorite trails

Julie Erwin
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Hiking

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

Traci Guthrie Olson
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Beautiful hike. Well maintained trails.

Misty Misty Wheeler
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Walking

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.

Jennifer McDaniel
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Hiking

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

Michael and Rana Wise
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Hiking

CAUTION!!! 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.

Jessie Todd
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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.

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

Jeremy Ballew
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Hiking

a family favorite

Ashley Sturtz
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Amazing trail.

Jody Markus
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Hiking

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.

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