Waxmyrtle Trail crosses the Siltcoos River bridge which offers seasonal glimpses of barn swallows and an occasional migrating fish. Turn west and follow the picturesque Siltcoos River estuary, watching for ducks, herons, osprey, eagles, beaver, and otters. Dramatic views of the lower estuary and ocean highlight this trail. At 0.5 mile, the trail divides. During snowy plover nesting season (from March 15 through Sept. 15), hikers with dogs are not allowed on the estuary trail. Turn south along the sand road and hike 0.6 mile to the beach. Dogs are permitted on the beach south of the trail entrance. Continuing on the estuary from the trail divide, hikers cannot access the beach during plover nesting season. Follow the short trail to the sand road for beach access south of the plover area. In non-nesting season, the estuary trail is excellent for beach access.
Directions: From Florence, Travel south on Highway 101 for seven miles. The trailhead is one mile west of U.S. Highway 101 on Siltcoos Beach Access Road.
Elevation: Sea Level
Distance: 1.25 miles
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