Oregon is pretty big. It’s the ninth largest state in the U.S., covering nearly 100,000 square miles. There are a lot of places to explore. So it’s no wonder that everyone who visits Oregon has a different story to tell. From fly-fishing along the North Umpqua River to meteor shower viewings from a mountaintop, Oregon has a lot to offer. We asked some of the state’s best known travelers to share some of their favorite spots. Take a look at the My Oregon series and maybe you’ll be inspired to embark on your own adventure.
Cody Cha is a photographer and cinematographer based on the Central Oregon Coast. His work often features the rugged and wild side of the region. You can usually find him exploring the remote parts of the Oregon Coast.
Drift Creek Falls
Sometimes, taking the road less traveled can unveil hidden treasures. Drift Creek Falls, just outside Lincoln City, is one such treasure that awaits discovery. This hiking gem has a breathtaking payoff: a 240-foot suspension bridge overlooking a 75-foot waterfall. The journey to the falls is just as gorgeous.
To access the trail, follow signage to Drift Creek Road, which can be accessed south of Lincoln City from Highway 101. Drive 10 miles inland along Forest Road 17 until you reach the trailhead parking area. From the trailhead, it is a moderate 3-mile out-and-back trek through old growth forest. Make sure to pack a camera. The view is breathtaking
A Hidden Beach
There are endless miles of beach to explore on the Oregon Coast. But, did you know Lincoln City has a hidden beach? This secret spot is at Roads End, on the north end of the town, and can only be accessed at low tide.
When the tide is out, the ocean recedes and a sandy path reveals itself. Careful adventurers can traverse this unbeaten path to the hidden beach. Don’t stay too long…the incoming tide will wash away the only route back. From the beach, you can watch the waves crash along spectacular sea stack formations, including the mystical Wizard Rock.
Just three miles south of Yachats, the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area is a coastal wonderland offering hikers access to old-growth forest, tide pools and rugged coves.
Next time you’re in area, take the short winding drive up to the top of the headland. You’ll be rewarded with one of the most spectacular viewpoints along the Oregon Coast. For the best viewing, take a short walk on the Whispering Spruce Trail to the stone shelter.