Gold Beach is located along a section of the Oregon Coast where, even among a coastline renown for its spectacular scenery, the views are extraordinary. It is also located at the place where the Rogue River empties into the Pacific Ocean. There are only three ways to experience the "Wild and Scenic" sections of the Rogue River: hiking, rafting, and jet boating. Tours on Jerry's Rogue Jets depart from Gold Beach. Most of the town's ocean beach is part of South Beach Park, a Gold Beach city park.
Here are some recommendations for fun things to do during your visit to Gold Beach, Oregon.
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Also referred to as Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor, this day-use Oregon State Park spans both sides of US Highway 101. Beachcombing and storm watching opportunities here are abundant. Hikers will enjoy the park's trail that passes through Sitka spruce forest, leading to grand Oregon Coast views that can go for miles on a clear day. During the migration seasons, the viewpoints from Cape Sebastian are a great place to spot the traveling gray whales.
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Jet boats, specially equipped to travel up and down untamed rivers, are one of the only ways to experience the Wild and Scenic Rogue River. Jerry's Rogue Jets depart out of Gold Beach on 64-, 80-, and 104-mile trips up the river. Along the way, you'll see spectacular wilderness scenery and wildlife and enjoy interesting stories of the region. Each trip includes a one-and-a-half-hour meal stop in the small river town of Agness, where you will have your choice of dining options (meals are at your own additional expense). Dress warmly and in layers, you will probably get wet, especially on the longer trips that include some whitewater rapids. Rogue River jet boat tours are available May through mid-October.
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Named after a father of Oregon's 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 lengths of open beach, extends along most of the park's length. Parking, picnic sites, and toilets are located at several park locations off of US Highway 101, including Arch Rock, Whaleshead, and Lone Ranch. Thomas Creek Bridge, Oregon's highest bridge at 345 feet, is located about midway through the scenic corridor.
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Shops and Galleries in Gold Beach
Many of Gold Beach's shops, galleries, and eateries are located right along the main highway through town. Here are some recommendations:
Gray Whales Gallery & Gifts
In addition to being a Hallmark store, this shop features art including paintings and pottery.
29830 Ellensburg Ave (Highway 101)
Rogue River Myrtlewood Shop
Browse gift and household items crafted from Oregon's distinctive spicy myrtlewood.
29750 Ellensburg Ave (Highway 101)
Gold Beach Books, Coffee House, & Gallery
This establishment has an extensive selection of new and used books along with coffee drinks, baked goods, and the works of local artists.
29707 Ellensburg Ave (Highway 101)