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The Bombsite Trail is within an area that is the site of one of four Japanese bombs dropped by airplane on the continental United States during W.W.II. The bomb was an incendiary type that was intended to start a forest fire. However, due to damp weather at that time, the fire did not do very much damage. A brochure about this trail is available from the Chetco Ranger District. A interpretive display at the end of the trail marks the location. There are no camps or water along the way. Hikers will find some redwood trees at the start of the trail, which are within the Wheeler Creek Research Natural Area.

A State Historical Marker is located at the north end of the Chetco River Bridge on just off Highway 101 (junction of Hwy. 101 and Northbank Chetco River Road), next to the Botanical Garden. The marker was erected in 1994 to commemorate the unique story behind the bomb site.

A Self-Guided Forest Ecology Tour brochure that highlights points of interest along the drive to the trailhead is available at the District Office.

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