Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Brookings with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful hike along the buff overlooking the ocean.

Fabulous trail! Very lush and many water crossings. Well-maintained. We log 2.8 miles in a hangman's noose configuration. The redwood nature trail loop had a gain of about 568 feet. Take it to the right for a gradual uphill or to the left for a steep uphill and gradual downhill. The interpretive markers start to the left. Both trails have interpretive markers with the one along the river being letters starting at the day use area the Redwood loop being numbers but the trailheads were out of brochures. Great place to come for a quick hike or just a stroll in the Redwoods and along the river!

This trail was one of the magical moments on our trip. The trail was really cool and brought many surprises! Don’t miss this one!

One of the highlights of our trip. Went down onto the black sand beach with beautiful cliffs and caves and explored. Only saw one other person.

hiking
26 days ago

Good loop trail. Great area. Good short climbs with places to rest an enjoy. Took us about 1 hour to hike

This was a hike in the forrest but following the road to get from Arch point viewpoint to another trail to get to secret beach. There is no reason to do this because it is not a very scenic trail and you can view Arch rock from the parking lot and then drive down to the secret beach trail.

Beautiful views!! The only thing I will say is for an amateur, like myself, it was very easy to veer off the trail....I’m not sure exactly what trails I was hiking but they were in the area and gorg! The kids (5&9) enjoyed the quick hike and views.

Passed this one many times on the way to Oregon Trail 1106 and 1107. Was on the way there again today and decided to stop and do this one instead. Nice hike with a little up and down but pretty simple. The dogs enjoyed it with no one else around. A lot of deer and elk sign. I thought I heard an elk bugle but I don't know if it'e the right time of the year for them to be doing that or not...

great place for a fire and sunset with libations

beautiful hike, dogs allowed on leashes.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Stunning a must see. Go when it’s not busy. Plan to stop at all the viewpoints or even better walk the coast trail between them. Plan to have your lunch on the rocks or in the private caves.

Beautiful and a must see. Go when it’s not busy. Plan to stop at all the viewpoints or even better walk the coast trail between them.

hiking
1 month ago

great hike with an amazing waterfall going through the loop. make sure to take the trail to the left when it comes to a T near the bridge (don't worry, you can wait to cross the bridge

This is a beautiful trail along the beautiful Oregon coast - definitely worth your time. The trail itself is narrow - not difficult but if it had been raining within the last few days the mud will make it difficult and a little risky to traverse if you don’t have good balance. Also, I’ll say that while there are markers on the trail, they are very easy to miss and with so many offshoots of the trail that lead to great viewpoints that you will want to take, I can see people getting lost easily. Pay close attention or download the offline map. Finally, while this listing states it’s great March through October I would recommend late March if March at all - while it’s beautiful in winter there is a lot of leafless trees that in certain would make the trail even more breathtaking if viewed when spring has sprung. April through October would be the best time to partake IMO.

Nice little loop that includes a small forest, a river, the beach and coastal wetland and grasses. Hard to find so much beauty so close and easy. In season there are salmon and steelhead in the river and good surf perch fishing in the ocean.

Very nice, be sure to do the loop through the redwoods.

hiking
3 months ago

At the Indian Sands parking area/ viewpoint, a way trail takes off behind the park rules sign and goes to the Oregon Coast trail in a few hundred yards. All the trees were cut and removed from the way trail 1/2018.

I've grown up on this beach. It is usually not too crowded. there is a nice tide pool area to the right.

North of the Cape Ferelo viewpoint parking area on the Oregon Coast trail(where the trail enters heavy forrest)a decent side trail goes down to a beautiful and very photogenic beach.Further along going north another side trail takes off to the left and goes out to a viewpoint.Very obvious where it takes off.

At the north end of the Samuel Boardman s.s.c. is a remote(kinda) stretch of beach.Very rough and rocky.Great tide pools.Use a turnout north of the paved one at Arch rock viewpoint about a mile or so.The Oregon Coast trail is just below.Follow the coast trail north to access the beach at two different places near the south end of this beach.There is NO other access to this beach,so the return to the coast trail is coming back to these access places.

Going south on the Oregon Coast trail from the Thunder Rock Cove pullout,the trail goes through forrest.At Natural Bridges there is a nice view.Continuing south it comes to open area above a cove.Further south the trail goes to another view area before dropping down to beautiful China Beach.

Going north from the Natural Bridge parking area the Oregon Coast trail goes through forrest,reaching the Thunder Rock Cove parking area shortly.In that stretch a side trail goes down to a view.

From the Natural Bridge viewpoint,the Oregon Coast trail continues south through forrest,then a opening above a cove.More trees and another parking area/viewpoint.South of that viewpoint area the Oregon Coast trail goes down to the north end of beautiful China Beach.

hiking
4 months ago

The Oregon Coast trail going north from Indian Sands comes to highway 101 north of the Indian Sands viewpoint road.Walk along the 101 back to that parking area.Down at the viewpoint of the archway at Indian Sands,look for a trail to the LEFT GOING down,then crossing a good spring.Continue south ,briefly going through some trees,then go right through a cut and continue south to the south end of the Indian Sands area.Enjoy one the great scenes of North America! Absolutely riveting! Takes about five minutes from view point of the archway to the view south.

The Oregon Coast trail goes north(and south)from the Thunder Rock pull off.Going north the trail forks.Either way will go to Secret Beach,but going left at that fork goes down to Thunder Rock Cove and some very beautiful views before it rejoins and goes north to Secret Beach and other points to the north.

The oregon coast trail going north of Indian sands comes near highway -101 .from there walk along 101 back to the Indian sands parking area.Down at the view of the archway,look for a trail(on the LEFT),going down and crossing a good spring.After going through trees briefly,turn right through a cut and continue south.At the south end of the Indian sands area(you will know when you are there) is one of the great scenes of North America! Absolutely riveting!From the view of the archway,it takes about 5 minutes to reach the south end of the Indian Sands area.

nice trails. quaint.

Was beautiful , steep for this old lady and slippery. Worth the trek!

beautiful view!!

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