Will the Oregon Coast Trail be the next Oregon Scenic Trail?


Oregon Coast Trail in Oswald West State Park

The Oregon Coast Trail crosses Cape Falcon in Oswald West State Park. Neahkahnie Mountain is in the background.

Oregonians know why the coast is featured in The 7 Wonders of Oregon promotion — besides taking in the breathtaking scenery, we love to explore and enjoy the beach whether tidepooling, beachcombing or hiking. The Oregon Coast Trail is a stunning 382-mile hike along the beach, threading through forests and climbing up and over headlands. Whether you make the entire trek or hike 2-3 miles of the most scenic portions, the experience is classic “Oregon.”

Oregon Scenic Trail sign

Oregon Scenic Trail sign.

Do you think the trail should be named an Oregon Scenic Trail? The scenic trail designation would promote the Oregon Coast Trail as among the elite trail experiences our state offers. Signs acknowledging the designation would be added at trailheads.

Share your thoughts at two open houses. The first meeting is April 1 (6-7:30 p.m.) at the Coos Bay Library, 525 Anderson Ave. A second meeting is set for Lincoln City, April 9 (6-7:30 p.m.) at the Driftwood Public Library, 801 SW Hwy 101.

The Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council will use your comments to guide their recommendation to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission. For more information or to comment on the proposal, e-mail or call Rocky Houston, state trails coordinator, (503) 986-0750.

Posted on March 26, 2014, in Oregon State Park trails and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Michael R. Hagel

    I wish you luck on making anything in excess of 50 feet accessible trails. A few years back I wrote several agencies to include yours about the trail access to Beverly Beach from the park. Being disabled I can not walk very well and can never access the beach there and I watch seniors all the time who also cannot. All I suggested was smoothing the short path with a “bobcat” or small tractor at least to the point it was fairly smooth. My letters were obviously a waste of time and from the standpoint of the park manager at the time a ridiculous suggestion. I thought it was a small effort considering Beverly is one of if not the most used parks in the state. So good luck on making miles and miles of trails especially if getting past an access point seems unreasonable.

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