Oregon Dunes Overlook and Day Use

Area Status: Open
A view from hiking in the Oregon Dunes Day Use Area A view of the oregon coast at the end of the Oregon Dunes Day Use trail

The Oregon Dunes Day Use Area is a great place to experience the ever-changing sand dunes. Take in great views of the dunes and Pacific Ocean from wheel-chair accessible viewing platforms or hike through the dunes and coastal forest to the ocean. As one of the several areas of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area that is closed to Off Highway Vehicles (OHVs), dune explorers will find exceptional hiking from the dunes transition forest to the beach and sand.

The Oregon Dunes Loop Trail is paved for the first half-mile to a viewing area. From there the trail takes visitors down into the dunes. There are two main hiking options. The popular 2-mile round-trip out to the beach and back follows a fairly-level and hard-packed trail through the sand to the beach. Those who want a longer hike and more solitude can follow the trail to the beach then walk south along the beach for about 1.5 miles to the exit point back through the dunes. The trail follows large post markers through deep sand.

During the summer months, ranger-led talks are available most days at the Oregon Dunes Day Use Area and guided hikes are available most weekends. Jr. Ranger evening programs are also held at different locations throughout the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Be sure to check our news and events page frequently and like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for notifications of programs and events throughout the year or contact the Visitor Center for details at 541-271-3611.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 03/22/2024: Trail is open. Expect seasonal flooding and storm debris on trail during Spring months.

Visitors can purchase a digital day pass online. No cash accepted.

Snowy Plover restrictions in place March 15 - September 15
Operational Hours: Day Use Only - no overnight parking or camping allowed
Fees: $/5/vehicle/day
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Beach access limited March 15 - Sept 15 to protect Snowy Plovers
Closest Towns: Florence, Oregon
Dune City, Oregon
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Flush Toilet
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment.
Operated By: Siuslaw National Forest
Information Center: Oregon Dunes Visitor Center
855 Highway 101
Reedsport, Oregon 97467

General Information


From Reedsport, OR, travel north on Highway 101 for 11 miles. The entrance to the Oregon Dunes Day Use is located on the west side of Highway 101 near mile marker 201.

General Notes:

Hiking in the Oregon Dunes Day Use Area

See a map of the area to find recreation opportunities.


There are numerous passenger vehicle parking spaces and several large pull-though spaces for travel trailers or motorhomes.


The Oregon Dunes Loop Trail #1334 is a paved, wheelchair accessible trail that takes the visitor from the parking area to a upper viewing platform. Also included is a short section of paved trail that leads to picnic tables and dunes and ocean viewing areas.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Sand Play

Recreation areas with activity Sand Play: Trail traverses open dunes. Lots of sand here!

Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

Viewing Wildlife

Recreation areas with activity Viewing Wildlife:

Viewing Scenery

Recreation areas with activity Viewing Scenery:

Accessible wooden ramp and platform offers viewing to dunes, tree island and Pacific Ocean.

Special Feature Dunes to Pacific Ocean

Interpretive Areas

Recreation areas with activity Interpretive Areas:

During the summer months, join our field rangers for guided adventures at the Oregon Dunes Day Use Area.

field ranger swears in two junior rangers


Recreation areas with activity Picnicking:

There is one picnic table near the parking area and four more available along the paved trail to the west of the restrooms. 

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