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In & About - Florence, Oregon

At the mouth of the Siuslaw River is Florence, the City of Rhododendrons, which explodes with vivid pink blossoms in late spring.
In addition to its coastal features, freshwater lakes and estuaries create an abundance of things to do:

  • Beachcombing
  • Bicycling on off-road bike trails.
  • Camping
  • Golfing
  • Hiking Trails
  • Horse Trails
  • Lakes, Rivers and Creeks
  • Sand Dunes
  • Sea Lion Caves
  • Wildlife
  • Take a ride on a stern-wheeler or windsurf the river.
  • Explore restored shops and historic buildings in Old Town.
  • Catch a seaplane for a bird's-eye view of the coast.
  • Visit the Fly Fishing Museum or try your luck on the Siuslaw.
  • Tee off at Sandpines, Golf Digest's Best New Public Course of 1993.

    Florence is also the northern gateway to the Oregon Dunes national Recreation Area.
    The sandy landscape stretches 47 miles down the coast to North Bend, offering numerous way to have fun:

  • Arrange a dune buggy tour with a commercial operator or bring your own off-road vehicle.
  • Stroll along the beaches, lakes, ponds and estuaries.
  • Hike in to Woahink, Siltcoos or Tahkenitch lakes.
  • Camp in a yurt in Honeyman State park or stay at a National Forest campground.

    - The above information supplied by the Oregon Tourist Commission -

    Avalon Park Pitch and Putt- Hwy 101 S. Florence, OR 541-902-9478 1 mile south of bridge
    Gazebo and River Dock - At city park - at Bay St. and Laurel St. Florence
    Historic Siuslaw River Draw Bridge -  Can see from Old Town Florence
    Port of Siuslaw - Commercial Fishing Fleet- Buy Fresh Fish off boat.
    Port of Siuslaw RV Park and Marina - 100 Harbor Street Florence OR (east end of 1st street)
    541-997-3040 Camping - Fishing - Boating
    Sea Lion Caves - 11 miles north of Florence, OR on Hwy 101 (541)  547-3111
    SANDLAND ADVENTURES - 85366 Hwy 101 So Florence, OR  97439 (541) 997-8087
    Siuslaw Museum - 1/2 mile south of Bridge on Hwy 101 Florence, OR

    Carter Dunes Trail

    Access as above (Taylor Dunes)
    This 1.5 mile trail leads through
    abundant wildlife to the beach.

    Chief Tsiltcoos Trail

    7 miles south of Florence
    Access from trailhead at Siltcoos Beach Road
    1.25 miles long
    Winds through coastal evergreen forest
    of huckleberry & rhododendron.

    Kentucky Falls Trail

    Located about 38 miles northeast
    of Reedsport: Hwy 48, to 48A,
    to Forest Service Road 23,to road 919.
    The trail is two miles, one way
    and meanders along Kentucky Creek,
    descending 760 feet. A more difficult hike
    with steep and narrow sections.
    Watch children closely. 541-268-4473

    Mapleton Hill Pioneer Trail

    Once known as the North Fork
    Trail, this trail offers a colorful
    history, making it eligible for the
    National Register of Historic Places. Interpretive
    signs along the 3500-foot easy to moderate hike.
    One mile east of Florence on Hwy 126
    to North Fork Road (5070), then
    14.3 miles northeast and make a
    right turn at Minerva. 541-268-4473

    Overlook Beach Trail

    Ten miles south of Florence
    on west side of Hwy 101
    One mile trail to beach

    Pawn Old Growth Trail

    One mile east of Florence on Hwy 126
    to North Fork Road, then
    17 miles. Keep right and cross bridge.
    Easy, 4,000-foot loop trail set
    in 10 acres of old growth forest.
    Great for families. 541-268-4473.

    Taylor Dunes Trail

    Trailhead at Carter Lake Campground
    turnoff, west side of Hwy 101
    7.5 miles south of Florence
    1/2 mile trail to great views of dunes & ocean

    Threemile Lake Trail

    Located 14 miles south of Florence on the west side of the highway, 
    this very scenic trail is about a seven mile round trip and considered of "Medium" difficulty. 
    Hike across dunes for a good summer swim.

    Tahkenitch Creek Loop

    Access at overlook viewing area
    as above. 2.5 miles long.
    High elevation vistas.

    Tahkenitch Creek Trail

    Access on west side of Hwy 101
    11 miles south of Florence
    3 separate loops of 1.5, 2.5 & 4 miles
    Through dunes, forests, marshes,
    meadows, creek & wildlife

    Siltcoos Lake Trail

    Five miles south of Florence on the east side of the highway, this trail is of "Medium" difficulty. 
    It's a  4.5 mile loop, with two stops at the lake for picnicking and swimming. 

    Sutton Creek Trail

    Three miles north of Florence on the west side of the highway, there are at least 5 miles of different 
    type of trails in this section.
    It is considered beginner to medium difficulty.
    Waxmyrtle Trail - 7 miles south of Florence.
    Access from trailhead at Siltcoos Beach Road. 1.5 miles long of ocean & 
    estuary views.

    - The above information supplied by the Oregon Tourist Commission -

    - Places of Interest -

    C&M Stables - 90241 Hwy 101 N. (541)997-7540

    Cape Perpetua - Hwy 101, 24 miles N. of Florence

    Fly Fishing Museum - 280 Nopal St.(541)997-6349

    Heceta Head Lighthouse - Hwy 101, 12 miles N. of Florence

    Raindrop Factory, The - Raindrop Factory, LTD 1278 Bay Street Florence, OR 97439 (541) 997-5228

    Siltcoos Lake & Woahink Lake - Hwy 101, 4 miles S. of Florence. Activities are boating, 
    wind sailing, water skiing, bird watching, swimming, and fishing. Bass, trout, perch, crappie, catfish are all 
    fair game year round on the lake. In season, steelhead, salmon and sturgeon 
    are taken with success. 

    Sand Dunes Frontier Theme Park - 83960 Hwy 101 S. (541)997-3544

    Sandland Adventures - 85366 Hwy 101 S. (541)997-8087

    Sea Lion Caves - 91560 Hwy 101 S. (541)547-3111
    Visit Sea Lion Caves Web Site

    Siuslaw Pioneer Museum - 85294 Hwy 101 S. (541)997-7884

    The above information was provided by The Florence Chamber of Commerce


    Carl G. Washburne State Park - Hwy 101, 14 miles N of Florence. (541)547-3416
    $12-$19. Camping year-round, picnicking, showers, dumping station, fishing, hiking, beach access, wildlife viewing.
    52 full hookups, maximum site 45', hiker/biker camp.

    Darlingtonia State Park - Hwy 101, 5 miles N Of Florence
    Day Use Only. Picnicking, hiking, exhibit information. Botanical area with unusual carnivorous plants.

    Devil's Elbow State Park - Hwy 101, 13 miles N of Florence
    Day Use Only. Picnicking, hiking, fishing, viewpoint, wildlife viewing, beach access. Trail to Heceta Head Lighthouse. (541)997-

    Jessie M. Honeyman State Park - Hwy 101, 3 miles S of Florence. (541)997-3641
    $13-$19. Camping year-round (reservations available). Three sparkling fresh-water lakes (Cleawox Lake, Woahink Lakes, Lily Lake),
    towering sand dunes and a profusion of colorful rhododendrons form a backdrop for a variety of recreational pursuits.
    The camping area provides 238 campsites, 75 electrical sites and 68 trailer spaces with full utility hookups (dumping station).
    Firewood is for sale at a central location. Hot showers are available at the utility buildings, public telephones are located throughout the park.
    The group camp contains six tent sites near the shore of Woahink Lake.
    Each site accommodates 25 people and contains camp stoves, picnic tables and water. Picnic facilities are located along the east & south
    shore of Cleawox Lake and along the north end of Woahink Lake. Swimming, fishing, boating, water skiing, hiking and nature study are some of
    the activities that have made this park a favorite destination of visitors. Both Cleawox and Woahink Lake day-use areas provide boat launching
    ramps and swimming beaches. A pleasant trail along Cleawox Lake connects the campground with the picnic areas and includes a loop trail around picturesque Lily Lake.
    Also you can explore the sand dunes at your leisure from the Lily Lake day-use area. Also available is a store and restaurant. Pets okay.

    Miller Park - West 18th St

    M.O. Ponsler State Park - Hwy 101, 16 miles N of Florence
    Day Use Only. Picnicking, fishing, beach access. No restrooms.

    North Jetty - Off Rhododendron Dr

    Comments from a Local of Florence

    Ashley Campbell was a local of Florence and wrote about one of her favorite places. Hear is what she had to say.
    "As far as fishing goes there are many great places overflowing with trout and bass, but this place in particular is a very special, peaceful spot, and not to mention great fishing. It's called the Train Trestles. This unique fishing haven is located on the east side of Siltcoos Lake. First, take Hwy 101 going south of Florence, then turn left at Canary Road. Follow this road about ten miles towards the east side of the lake. When you get to the Lane County Wayside you have arrived. Get out of your car and breath in the fresh air. Walk out onto the bottom supports of the train trestle, and experience the best fishing ever. You don't need a boat, just grab your pole and some worms. Watch the sun set over the lake, while the beautiful osprey soar overhead. I assure you'll be glad you came". This comment was created and written by Ashley Campbell".

    We hope to hear from Ashley about some other secrets places that no one knows about in the future.

    Oregon Parks & Recreation Department
    1115 Commercial St., NE
    Salem, Oregon 97310-1001
    (503)378-6305 / 1-800-452-5687

    - Visitor Contact Information -

    Florence Oregon Chamber of Commerce
    Hwy 101 & Maple Street
    Florence, Oregon 97439
    (541) 997-3128
    Toll Free: (800) 524-4864
    Florence Chamber Web Site

    Oregon Tourism Commission
    775 Summer St., NE
    Salem, Oregon 97310

    Radio Stations and News

    KCST - Local -4480 Hwy 101 PO Box 20000 Florence, OR 97439 (541) 997-9136

    KMIX Radio - 1061 Hwy 101 PO Box 47 Reedsport, OR 97467 (541) 271-3300

    Siulaw News - 148 Maple St. (541)997-3441.

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