The landscape changes south of Florence, although the most dramatic change, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, is often hidden from view.
The 47-mile long and one-mile wide sandbox has areas designated for bird watching and dune riding. Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, more than 31,000 acres, offers a place for everyone. You can camp, arrange a tour, take an exhilarating off-highway vehicle ride, walk along tranquil lakes, forest trails and beaches, and much more.
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is a destination site, drawing people from around the Northwest and across the country. Highway 38 offers connections to the southern Willamette Valley and the city of Eugene, or on to Roseburg via Highway 138.
Predominantly used by OHVers, this is the Dunes largest and most diverse riding area. South of the access road, areas are open only to horse back riding and hiking. At the road’s end beach viewing and access are available.
Spinreel, the northern most part of the Horsfall OHV riding area, has direct sand access and designated OHV Sand Camping sites as well as an OHV campground and day use staging area. Designated routes lead riders through coastal forests and open dunes to the beach. OHV beach riding areas are located south of the Tenmile designated route beach access point.
Horsfall Beach Road leads to both motorized and non motorized opportunities.
Wildmare Campground and trail, Bluebill Campground and trail and Sand Track picnic area are all located within OHV closure areas. Wild Mare Campground, staging area and trail is the only site on the Dunes managed for equestrian use.
Horsfall Beach Campground provides OHV camping, day use and parking for beach access.
An additional two OHV staging areas and one campground provide direct sand access. Access to several designated OHV Sand Camping sites are available along this corridor.
A wheelchair accessible viewing platform at Horsfall Beach provides a 360 degree view of the dunes, beach and ocean.