Crystal-blue ocean, pine tree-dotted offshore islands, timber-strewn beaches, waterfalls that flow into the ocean, moss-covered trunks and boulders, fern-strewn knolls, lighthouses, picturesque communities, great seafood, and unlimited adventure-that's the Oregon coast. Many residents of California may expound upon the virtues of their premier coastline, Big Sur, but after one visit to the Oregon coast, you'll find this ocean-lapped area hard to beat.
Recently, we took a week-long trip to the coast of Oregon with the intention of sightseeing, hiking, sampling some of the great seafood, and generally reveling in what this great area has to offer. We set out in our 29' Komfort fifth-wheel trailer and F-250 Power Stroke, and our plans called for spending half of our time in Southern Oregon and the other half in the upper part of the state.
From Brookings, the Oregon coast's southernmost town, to Astoria, on the northernmost realm, the entire Oregon coast is a natural wonder. Beaches range from pristine white-sanded stretches, to rocky log-strewn rugged expanses. Slightly inland you'll find waterfalls, thick green mossy forests, miles of farms and cattle, winding magnificent rivers, wineries, clear lakes and streams, and wildlife in abundance.
During the first few days of our journey, we stayed at Turtle Rock RV Resort in Gold Beach. This scenic park is bordered by a pine tree-studded mountain, a river, and the ocean. Turtle Rock has 109 sites, 100 of which have full hookups. Since the average site width is 35 feet, we had plenty of privacy and didn't feel squeezed into our space. We also had the luxury of cable TV, a laundry facility, the use of the internet, and other amenities.
During our time in the Gold Beach area, we drove up the Rogue River, hiked in old growth forests, and visited the small and unique town of Agness, situated approximately 35 miles up the Rogue River, nestled on its banks.