There’s a lot to see as you drive along Highway 101 on Oregon’s Wild Rivers Coast: rugged sea stacks, lighthouses and turn-offs for spotting sea lions and whales, just to name a few. But as you drive by the little towns of Langlois and Port Orford, don’t forget to slow down and treat your taste buds.
The Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail is a collaborative effort to connect people to the bounty available on the Southern Oregon Coast. Supporting local food is a way to support our communities and the producers who work hard to grow and use our local ingredients. Find your themed route below or download the official brochure.
Ramble along the berry trail from Port Orford to Bandon for a bucketful of sweet tastes.
Ramble along the berry trail from Port Orford to Bandon for a bucketful of sweet tastes. A morning start at Port Orford Community Co-op yields a delightful harvest of picnic provisions, including organic meat, fresh catch and seasonal produce like sun-kissed, handpicked strawberries, raspberries and blackberries from Valley Flora Farm. Head north on U.S. 101 to Peters Cranberry farm stand in the little burg of Sixes for fresh, tart sustainably-grown cranberries as well as jams and berry vinegars to take home.
Plan on late breakfast at The Spoon in Langlois with griddle-hot pancakes and French toast drizzled in locally made cranberry syrup from Bowman Bogs. Next door, the Floras Creek Coffee Company’s house-roasted local mocha will fuel your hunt for sweet blueberries at family farms like Valentine Blueberries, Twin Creek Ranch and Jensen’s Blueberries.
Spread your picnic blanket in the sunshine at Dragonfly Farm & Nursery in Langlois and enjoy a post-lunch stroll through the verdant grounds and greenhouses where you can pick out young blueberry bushes to plant at home. If you still have room after lunch, stop in at The Rolling Pin Bakery in Bandon for a biscuit made with blueberries from Twin Creek Ranch or strawberries from Valley Flora.
This culinary treasure trek starts with made-from-scratch bagels and steaming coffee at First Rise Baking Company in Brookings.
Thus well provisioned, head out for a two-hour exploration by kayak with South Coast Tours. Fish from the boat, forage for mussels and edible seaweeds, or just enjoy bird watching in the refreshing sea breeze. Post paddle lunch options at Barnacle Bistro in Gold Beach include the Fisherman’s Panini-melt with a side of garlic fries or crab cakes made with locally caught Dungeness crab and Oregon bay shrimp. The Arch Rock Brewing Company tasting room pours seaside sips of lager, pales and porters and growlers to go. Don’t miss Fisherman Direct Seafood with freshly canned albacore tuna and salmon to take home.
In Port Orford, visit the working waterfront to see the unique dolly dock lifting boats in and out of the water by crane. Fish from the beach in the pretty cove around Battle Rock or watch for great grey whales.
Net your dinner from the dock at Tony’s Crab Shack in Bandon. They’ll cook your catch or sell you a variety of fresh items like the wild salmon burger, Diver’s Catch pasta, or grilled oysters.
This dreamy drive from Reedsport to Brookings passes through some of the South Coast’s most stunning landscapes.
From the Umpqua River Scenic Byway catch a glimpse of majestic Roosevelt elk at the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area followed by a hearty breakfast at Reedsport’s Harbor Light Restaurant with offerings of Salmon Harbor Browns and Country Fried Steak. Further south stop in at the Coos Head Food Co-Op for energy-packed snacks and beverages to take with you. Stroll the lush formal gardens at Shore Acres State Park and view dramatic surf crashing below the soaring cliffline. The trails in Cape Arago State Park provide breathtaking beauty of hidden coves and seascapes along the headland. Stop at Charleston’s Bayside Coffee Shop for organic fair trade coffee and tea and find refreshing smoothies made from house-made nut milks and fresh berries at Coos Bay’s Noster Kitchen.
Book a shoreside table at Redfish in Port Orford for a lunch of ocean-fresh seafood, salads and burgers along with gorgeous views of Battle Rock from the sun-drenched deck. In the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, 27 miles of Oregon Coast trail wind through towering Sitka spruce with striking vistas of Arch Rock, Natural Bridges and other wind sculpted sea stacks.
At the end of the day, tuck into a burger at The Vista Pub in Brookings — made with grass-fed local beef and Grandma Katie’s special seasoning. End the night at the lively tasting room at Chetco Brewing Company or get a growler to go and watch the sunset from the windswept beach.
More tasty stops
There are 43 stops on the Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail, from bakeries to restaurants, farms and growers markets, to breweries and distilleries, to seafood stands and indulgent take-home treats. Make your base camp in one of these charming towns and find a delicious farm-to-table meal around the corner. Here are some of the locales to explore.
Reedsport to Coquille
Bandon, Langlois and Port Orford
Gold Beach to Brookings
The Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail is open to visitors throughout the year and is designed to be explored at your own pace – you are welcome to start and finish wherever you like. To ensure a positive experience, please check the hours of operation for each business online or by phone and note when advance reservations or appointments are required.
Before setting out along the Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail, plan ahead by mapping your route to make it easy to navigate remote areas without cell service. Also check road conditions and fuel up, since gas stations can be harder to find on country roads.
High season varies per business but is typically June – Nov. Seasonality of key products is listed below:
- Blueberries are available July through August
- Cranberries can typically be harvested mid-October through early December
- Pumpkin patches are often open late September through October
- Farmers Markets can be visited from May through October
The working farms along this trail provide some of the most unique and engaging experiences. We ask that you respect the invitation to enter each property and be cautious around farm animals and equipment. Children must be supervised at all times and you should be prepared to follow all site-specific rules. For your safety and comfort, be prepared with appropriate footwear, sun protection and water.
Interested in a guided tour to experience the Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail? South Coast Tours offers day tours along the entire trail. Learn more at SouthCoastTours.net.
Your experience along the Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail should not end when you leave the area. We encourage you to bring a taste of your journey back home to share with friends and family as a reminder of the bounty available along Oregon’s Wild Rivers Coast.
Learn about our passport program at wrcfoodtrail.com.