The 6 Best Things to Do in Gold Beach, Oregon

Gold Beach is located along a section of the Oregon Coast known for its spectacular scenery. It is here where the magnificent Rogue River makes its way from the Cascade Mountains and empties into the Pacific Ocean. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking through a coastal state park, complete with scenic overlooks, whitewater jet boating up the Rogue, or saltwater fishing with a local charter. Then, after a fun-filled day of recreation, visit the shops and galleries in town or grab a growler at the local brewery.

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Explore Cape Sebastian State Park

view of coastline in Cape Sebastian State Park

TripSavvy / Jamie Ditaranto

Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor, Gold Beach, OR 97444, USA
Phone +1 800-551-6949

Also referred to as Cape Sebastian Scenic Corridor, this day-use state park spans both sides of US Highway 101. Enjoy beachcombing, tide pooling, and storm watching at this Oregon gem. Hikers can explore the park's trail that passes through a Sitka spruce forest, rewarding you with coastal views that go on for miles on a clear day. During migration season, the viewpoints from Cape Sebastian almost always promise a peek at a pod of traveling gray whales.

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Take a Jet Boat up the Rogue River

Tour boat encountering some whitewater rapids
Jerry's Rogue Jets
29985 Harbor Way, Gold Beach, OR 97444, USA
Phone +1 800-451-3645

Jet boats specially equipped to travel up and down untamed rivers offer adventurers an unforgettable experience on the Rogue River. Jerry's Rogue Jets—departing from Gold Beach May through mid-October—provides 64-, 80-, and 104-mile river trips. Along the way, take in the spectacular wilderness scenery and wildlife viewings, and enjoy interesting stories about the region. Each trip includes a meal stop in the small town of Agness, where you will have your choice of dining options (meals not included). Dress warm and in layers, especially on the longer trips which venture through whitewater rapids.

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Hike the State Scenic Corridor

Coastal landscape with rock formations in Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
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U.S. 101, Brookings, OR 97415, USA
Phone +1 800-551-6949

Named after a founding father of the Oregon State Park system, Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor covers 12 miles of coastline strewn with sandy coves and rocky outcroppings. A series of trails, connected by stretches of open beach, runs the length of the park, providing ample opportunity for exploration. Parking, picnic sites, and toilets are located at several stops off of US Highway 101. Pull off to hike to coastal viewpoints or take a peek at Arch Rock and the offshore blowholes known as Natural Bridges. Midway through the corridor, you'll travel over Thomas Creek Bridge, Oregon's highest bridge at 345 feet above sea level.

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Shop and Visit Galleries

Gold Beach Books awning

Gold Beach Books

29830 Ellensburg Ave, Gold Beach, OR 97444, USA
Phone +1 541-247-7514

Many of Gold Beach's shops, galleries, and eateries are located right on the main road through town. Browse gifts and household items made from Oregon's distinctive Myrtlewood at Rogue River Myrtlewood Shop. Hang out at Gold Beach Books, a bookshop, coffee house, and gallery with an extensive selection of new and used books presented alongside coffee and baked goods. And for fish that doesn't get any fresher, visit Fisherman Direct Seafood and cook up their daily catch.

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Grab a Growler at Arch Rock Brewing Company

Exterior of Arch Rock Brewing

TripSavvy / Jamie Ditaranto

In 2013, the owners of Arch Rock Brewing Company converted their cabinet shop in Gold Beach into a 15 barrel brew house. This small craft beer establishment self-distributes three beer varieties to regional restaurants and bars. Stop in and try their German-style Gold Beach Lager, the unfiltered and dry-hopped Pistol River Ale, and the award-winning State of Jefferson Porter. There is no bar on site at this brewery, but you can fill a growler to go.

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Book a Fishing Charter

One of 5 Star Charters' boats

 5 Star Charters

Embark on a guided fishing charter on either the ocean or upriver. Five Star Charters provides five-hour or full-day trips where you can fish some the region's prime species like salmon, steelhead, and halibut (depending on the time of year). Their drift boats can accommodate 2 people and their ocean vessel holds up to 6. Grab a few friends, check the fish schedule, and hop on a Five Star boat for a memorable experience, complete with dinner's fresh catch.

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The 6 Best Things to Do in Gold Beach, Oregon