Special Places

Sand Lake Recreation Area

photo looking south to Haystack Rock from beach at Sand Lake

The Sand Lake Recreation Area is located along Oregon's North Coast, 15 miles southwest of Tillamook between Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda.

Sandwiched between the Sand Lake Estuary and Cape Lookout State Park, Sand Lake Rectreation Area covers 1,076 acres of steep bowls, expansive sand flats, and ocean beaches.

The Sand Lake Recreation Area offers a variety of recreational opportunities and is especially popular with OHV riders.

Cascade Head Scenic Research Area

Cascade HeadThis spectacular coastal headland provides critical habitat for native prairie grasses, rare wildflowers and the Oregon silverspot butterfly.

Fast growing Sitka spruce and western hemlock forests here have been studied by researchers for many years.


Marys Peak Scenic Botanical Area


Wildflower meadow on Marys Peak

Marys Peak, at 4,097 feet, is the highest point in Oregon’s Coast Range and the most prominent peak to the west of Corvallis.

On a clear day, from the top of the peak, you can see both the Pacific Ocean to the west and many of the Cascade peaks to the east across the Willamette Valley.

There are also several areas of historical, botanical and geological interest.


Cape Perpetua Scenic Area


photo of view from cape perpetua looking south over the pacific ocean from Whispering Spruce trail

Towering trees looming through a coastal fog. Frothy surf crashing upon jagged shores. Majestic headlands offering clear views for miles.

It all awaits you at the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. Located two miles south of Yachats, this coastal wonderland – where the forest meets the sea – captivates locals and visitors alike.


Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area


Sculpted dune with ripples in the Umpqua Dunes area Adventure and solitude await you in 40 miles of wind-sculpted, shifting sand dunes!

Hiking, paddling, wildlife viewing, camping, picnicking, sand play and beach access - the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area has it all.




stream in Drift Creek Wilderness The Siuslaw National Forest is home to three small wildernesses featuring coastal forests of old growth Sitka spruce, western hemlock and Douglas fir marked by wet winters and dense vegetation.

Big gifts in small packages, they offer a unique opportunity to experience the quiet and solitude of old growth Coastal forests.


Accessible Adventures Videos & Featured Accessible Sites


Heading up Whispering Spruce Trail in a wheelchair towards the rock shelterThe Accessible Adventures Videos for Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, and Hidden Gems of the Oregon Coast offer a great introduction to accessible destinations on the Central Oregon Coast.

Explore more accessible sites on the Suislaw National Forest from our Featured Accessible Sites page.

Highlighted Areas

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Adventure and solitude await you in 40 miles of wind-sculpted, shifting sand dunes! While famous for its OHV riding opportunities , there are numerous recreational opportunities among the thick “tree islands,” open dunes, marsh-like deflation plains and beaches. Hiking, paddling, wildlife viewing (including great birding), camping, picnicking, sand play and beach access - the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area has it all.

Areas from North to South

South Jetty Area: South Jetty area provides day use access to the beach and dunes, with separate areas for OHV use and non motorized use.

Siltcoos Area: Along the Siltcoos River are traditional campgrounds and easy trails along the river and to the beach. OHV users will find developed and dispersed camping opportunities.

Oregon Dunes Day Use: Miles from OHV recreation areas, the Day Use Area provides exceptional opportunities to explore the dynamic dunes.

Tahkenitch Area: Within easy access of Highway 101 traditional campgrounds provide lake access for boaters and dune access for hikers only.

Umpqua Dunes Area: The most impressive dunes are found and easily viewed from the access road. This area is managed primarily for OHV users; however the beach is closed to all but foot traffic. Eel Creek, separate from the OHV areas and just west of Highway 101, is the location of a popular trailhead and campground adjacent to the area's largest and most expansive dunes.

Spinreel to Horsfall Area: 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.