Special Places

Sand Lake Recreation Area

photo looking south to Haystack Rock from beach at Sand LakeThe 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 Head Overlook is a view overlooking the Pacific OceanThis spectacular coastal headland was designated as the nation’s first Scenic-Research Area in 1974. It provides critical habitat for native grasses, rare wildflowers and the Oregon silverspot butterfly. The designation provides present and future generations with the use and enjoyment of ocean headlands, rivers, streams, estuaries, and forested areas, and insures the protection and encourages the study of significant areas for research and scientific purposes.


Marys Peak Scenic Botanical Area

Wildflower meadow on Marys PeakMarys 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.