From Coos Bay, drive 24 miles south on US 101 to Bandon. Continue south past Bandon 5 miles to Croft Road. Turn right (west) on Croft Road. Continue down road until you reach a “Y” intersection in 1.5 miles (road turns to gravel). Take the right fork past the cranberry bogs, passing through a gate and around a bend to the New River BLM interpretive area/greeting center. Maps and trail information are located at the kiosk next to the site host.
Setting and Attractions:
New River is an 1100-acre Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), an area that the Bureau of Land Management has determined is requires special attention for entire ecosystems, plants or animals. New River offers excellent opportunities for visitors to experience and appreciation for coastal habitats and species within them. A careful observer to the area may see a bald eagle, western lily, peregrine falcon, western pond turtle, a western snowy plover, or numerous other species.
Ocean View Trail:
Travel through a dense shore pine community as you listen to the background of the crashing ocean waves on the Ocean View Trail. Take the overlook detour where spectacular views of the river and ocean are offered. Notice the European beach grass, a fast-growing plant introduced in the 1930’s to slow dune movement and protect human interests. The beach grass choked out many native plants and slowed down the natural movement of the dunes. This trail links to the Huckleberry Hill Trail. Combined with the River Road, these three trails make an excellent loop.
Huckleberry Hill Trail:
Experience some of New River’s largest dunes and best views from this trail which is an extension of the North Trail or a link from the Ocean Trail.
For more information, trail conditions and maps contact: Coos Bay District BLM at (541)756-0100 or visit their web site at www.or.blm.gov/coosbay/