2023 Fall Coast Trip Overview

Top Photo: Kronenberg County Park (Coquille Point), Bandon OR.

Sometimes, things don’t go as planned. That happened with our fall trips when life turns a curveball. As much as we don’t like reservations, we had a couple in September that we were forced to cancel for medical reasons. When things stabilized a bit, we decided to take a quick trip to the Oregon coast, visiting a few of our favorite campgrounds before winter sets in on the passes.

Our three coastal destinations were:

Random photos from all three of the above locations.

Exploring the Rugged Beauty of the Southern Oregon Coast in Autumn As the summer crowds depart and the weather cools, the stretch of the Oregon coast from Waldport to Port Orford transforms into a serene and awe-inspiring destination. This section of the iconic Oregon Coast Trail offers hikers a chance to immerse themselves in the region's dramatic landscapes, rich wildlife, and charming coastal towns.

Waldport: Where the Journey Begins Departing from the quaint town of Waldport, the trail winds its way through lush forests and across sandy beaches, providing ample opportunities to spot migrating seabirds and the elusive Snowy Plover. The trail's proximity to the ocean allows hikers to bask in the sights and sounds of the crashing waves, which take on a more powerful and moody character in the autumn months.

Yachats: A Coastal Gem As the trail continues south, it passes through the picturesque community of Yachats, known for its tide pools, hidden coves, and stunning viewpoints. Hikers can explore the area's many state parks and natural areas, such as the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, where they can witness the power of the ocean at the Devil's Churn and climb to the top of the Gwynn Creek Trail for panoramic vistas.

Port Orford: Where Land Meets Sea Further south, the trail leads to the charming town of Port Orford, a fishing village with a rich history and a thriving arts scene. Visitors can browse the local galleries, sample fresh seafood, and explore the nearby Humbug Mountain State Park, where they can hike to the summit for breathtaking views of the coastline.

A Tapestry of Colors: Autumn Along the Trail Throughout the journey, hikers will be treated to a visual feast of autumn foliage, as the lush vegetation along the trail transforms into a tapestry of warm hues. The cooler temperatures and fewer crowds make this an ideal time to experience the rugged beauty of the southern Oregon coast, with opportunities to spot migrating whales, seals, and a variety of seabirds.

An Adventure for All Whether you're an avid hiker, a nature enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful escape, the Oregon coast from Waldport to Port Orford in the fall promises an unforgettable adventure. So pack your layers, lace up your boots, and get ready to immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes and serene atmosphere of this remarkable stretch of the Pacific Northwest.

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