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Published on Aug 8, 2011
This episode of Oregon Lifestyles features the southern Oregon coast and uses the town of Gold Beach as a home base for exploring this exciting region of natural beauty and adrenaline packed adventure. The Rogue river trail and Illinois river trail are two upriver hikes suitable for one day excursions or multi day trips. You can watch rafters going by, black bear searching for berries and Bald eagles catching fish.
The Samuel Boardman state park between Brookings and Gold Beach may be one of the most beautiful coastal hikes in the world. Arch rock, natural bridges, Indian sands and China beach are all connected by a twelve mile trail.
Biking the Oregon coast is a popular activity as is kayaing the rivers and ocean. Near pistol river there are also horse back rides on the beach.
Port Orford is the most westerly town in the continental United States and one of the only open 'dorry docks' in the world where you can watch commercial fishermen return with their daily catch and even buy fresh fish directly off the boat.
Just south of Port Orford is Prehistoric Gardens, a wet coastal rain forest and very easy walk through time amongst replicas of Dinosaurs.
Exploring the Oregon coast and it's beaches is a typical way to pass time as is tidepooling and searching for treasures. Gold Beach Books is the largest bookstore on the Oregon coast and is located in Gold Beach.
Fishing on the coast and especially on the rogue river for salmon may be one of the big attractions in Gold Beach and Ocean fishing is an exciting way to see the coast from an entirely different angel and go after rock fish and ling cod.