National Forest: Siuslaw National Forest

Nearest major town or city: Reedsport, Oregon

If you find yourself in Oregon looking for sand, the ocean, and forests all in one place, look no further than the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Nestled between the Umpqua River and Pacific Ocean, the Oregon Dunes are one of the world’s largest expanses of temperate coastal sand dunes. The various desert, lake, and tree-covered regions provide shelter and life to rare and diverse plants and animals.

As for outdoor activities, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is jam-packed with opportunities for summer fun. Visitors can ride the dunes on Off -highway Vehicles, hike, paddle in the lakes, birdwatch, camp, picnic, and more.

Did you know that the Oregon Dunes served as inspiration for author Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic “Dune”? Pretty appropriate name if I do say so myself.

Learn more and plan your visit:

National Forest Foundation