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

10 days ago

Even in the dry summer plenty of green. And a few trickles of water.

19 days ago

Fun and easy trail. Great views and access to the beach.

Nice hike up a gravel path/road to the light house. Beautiful lighthouse and views.

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1 month ago

Beautiful trail through old growth Douglas Firs, some 500-600 years old. Awesome that this area of old growth could be saved. Easy trail, lots of birds. Really lovely.

1 month ago

As beautiful as dunes can be, however 3 stars because: 1) some benches are too tall: probably, the soil settled with time; 2) the dunes block the view of the ocean; 3) "Warning! Mountain lion is active in this area" as posted in the kiosk by the bridge leading from the loop north-east to Alder dunes. "Is active", not merely "sighted."

Amazing day to be up at the lighthouse! great, easy climb to the top.

My absolute favorite stop on my little Oregon Coast road trip. There is a trail that leads up behind the lighthouse. Take it if you can! It’s the best view of the lighthouse and ocean. And use a panorama mode to capture it all. I added my favorite picture I’ve ever taken to this gallery. You just can’t beat the Oregon Coast.

It doesn't get any better than the Oregon Coast in early spring. Brought back amazing and many wonderful childhood memories.

Beautiful hike, and views. Definitely will go back

Such a beautiful hike to the lighthouse.

Nice hike! Beautiful scenery! Totally worth it!

Really easy hike up to the lighthouse. Tours end at 3pm. If you’re lucky you can spot sea lions swimming in the ocean!! Parking in the lower lot can be scarce, but it’s worth it.

Took this trail last weekend and it was absolutely beautiful! We happened to catch it on a gorgeous January day (60 degrees) and the views were stunning! The trail was a bit uphill to the lighthouse but definitely worth the walk. We didn’t take our dogs because we thought we would go into the lighthouse but ended up not going inside so we could definitely have taken them. Nice area at the top with great views of the ocean and waves crashing on the rocks below. Nice wide path. I would definitely recommend this one!

7 months ago

I hiked this part of the Oregon Dunes NRA on New Year's Day under clear skies and calm winds.

After finding my way around the park itself (talked to a ranger), and paying the $5 fee, I settled on parking at the Day Use area at the southern tip of Cleawox lake.
I immediately climbed the tall-ish dunes right off the left of the trailhead, providing me with good indications of where my path should lead me. A short up-hill of the sandy trail leads to the first expansive view of the main dunes area to the south and the forested strip separating the dunes from the beach. This is a good vantage point to map a route to the trees and access to the beach.
As I was the first one on the trail (30mn after sunrise) I could meander my way leisurely across the dunes, enjoying the morning light, looking for photo opportunities and plotting a course that follows the crest of the dune and the part with harder sand.

Only when I reached the tree-band did the first ATVs start buzzing in the distance. A strip of water separates the dunes from the trees and a main thoroughfare for ATV follows this trip. At 'rush hour' it may not be a very friendly place for hikers :-)
I headed further south along the edge of the water until I came upon the main crossing to the beach (Chapman's OHV trail). There also, it is probably better to avoid this section at periods of high ATVs activity. About half way to the beach is a north-south "trail" (Hunters) but, on this January day, it was flooded in both directions.
Once out of the trees, it is a very short distance to the grassy bluff that overlooks the beach.
Exercise more caution at the "pass" across the bluff as vehicles coming from the beach come at high speed to negotiate the sandy slope.

Once on a beach, I took a short rest sitting on a tangle of large logs where I would could look at the vehicular action while staying out of the way.

I then header north with the intention to make a loop by cutting back inland around the South Jetty Road. The walk on the beach was very pleasant and the washed up logs make for more excuses to take pictures. The portion of the beach I walked (for Chapman's to Heidi's beach is also shared with OHVs but traffic was relatively light and drivers mindful of the slow on the wet sand.

A few "pedestrians" enjoyed the undisturbed sand at Heidi's beach. I did the same before crossing over the bluff to the South Jetty Parking #1. From there, I could not find a safe/enjoyable return route directly to the John Honeyman parking lot and decided to just walk the South Jetty Rd to 101 and then another 1.75 miles to the park entrance. There is sufficient shoulder width pretty much all the way to not have to worry too much about road traffic.

All told this is just about 10 miles (around 3.5 on blacktop)

Beautiful trees on the short loop from the end of the road. Several benches to rest on, but at this time of year too damp. Many roots require close attention when walking.

10 months ago

Actually this trail connects to the Hobbit trail.

The scenery at the Lighthouse is beautiful!!!! Not a bad trail too!

Fun little hike to stretch the legs a bit and get fresh air.

We made it to the lighthouse while it was still clear then left as the fog was rolling in. Fun little trek :)

11 months ago

Beautiful hike!

Short but great views of the ocean.

11 months ago

Camped in the nearby developed campsite. Hiked out to the beach twice. Was incredibly peaceful. Encountered almost no people. Watched an amazing sunset in a hidden beach. Nothing like this in the city!

My sister was on crutches and made it up just fine. The view is incredible. Worth it 100%.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

This stretch of coastline is so beautiful...good weather or bad.

Gorgeous vistas. Historical informational placards. Path is wide, gravel, and uphill but quite easy. It is a State Park, so there is a parking fee or use State Park Pass.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

great views of something awesome PNW coast!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

While visiting the lighthouse, we were told about this trail behind the lighthouse. Short, steep trail, but it will give you amazing views of the lighthouse. Definitely a must.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Beautiful trail even if it is one of the more crowded ones around the area

Saturday, February 11, 2017

This is an ATV area.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Beautiful from up behind the lighthouse.

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