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 off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts, this is the Oregon Dunes' largest and most diverse riding area. South of Horsfall Beach Road, areas are open only to horse back riding and hiking. Horsfall Beach Road leads to both motorized and non-motorized opportunities. At the road’s end, beach viewing and access are available.
Bull Run OHV Staging Area provides paved parking for OHV staging, quick access to the beach via Bull Run OHV Trail and open riding opportunities to the north. The staging area also provides access to dispersed sand camping sites 126 through 138.
One vault toilet and several picnic tables are available to visitors.