Family Friendly Siuslaw

Here Are Some of Our Favorite Family Friendly Recreation Sites on the Siuslaw National Forest

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area/Central Coast

Cape Perpetua Visitor Center offers family-friendly programs and events throughout the year. There are also twenty-six miles of interconnected hiking trails taking you through the old-growth forest (even one to a 600-year-old tree!), to tide pools, and unique geological features.

Whale watching is always a popular activity in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. Oregon's winter and spring Whale Watch Weeks are usually late December and late March, but gray whales can be spotted along the Oregon coast from mid-December through mid-January as they migrate south and again in late March as the whales travel north on their way towards Alaska.

Sweet Creek Falls is a top kid-friendly hikes on the Oregon Coast. The trail passes 11 small waterfalls in 1.1 miles.

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

With miles of sand and tree islands, there is a lot to explore in the dunes.

In the summer, field rangers offer weekend guided hikes form the Oregon Dunes Day Use Area.

Carter Lake Campground is not only a family favorite campground, but also favorite fishing spot. There is also a one-mile trail through the dunes here to the ocean.

The Tahkenitch Area is a part of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area where non-motorized recreation rules. There is a campground, hiking trails and a lake for canoeing and kayaking.

The Siltcoos River is also ideal for paddlers and you can find camping and a boat launch at Tyee Campground.

Hebo Ranger District

Hebo Lake Campground is a small family campground with 12 sites, a pond stocked for fishing and hiking, including the Hebo Lake Loop Trail.

The Drift Creek Falls Trail with its waterfall and suspension footbridge appeals to young and old alike.

Niagara Falls Trail is for the more adventurous hikers, with some steeper portions, but it’s 2-mile round trip trail that brings you to two waterfalls thundering into the canyon.