Overlook Beach Trail, a relatively short trail, can be seen almost entirely from the upper viewing deck. Cross 0.25 mile of wind-polished sand to the deflation plain. On a windy day, the deflation plain is a refuge with the dense growth of trees and wetland plants deflecting the frequent seasonal
winds. European beachgrass and 20 other species of plants announce
the transition from wetland to foredune. Top the crest, and the isolated
beach beckons. This is a good beach to look for rare, whole sand
dollars. Portions of the foredune may be restricted from March 15 -
September 15 to protect the Western Snowy Plover,a threatened
shorebird. Obey the signs and give these birds the opportunity to nest in
The Overlook was developed to highlight this particularly scenic area of the Oregon Dunes. Two trails, this and the Tahkenitch Creek Trail, explore the contrasts of the coastal rain forest, dramatic open dunes, surprising wetlands and pristine ocean beach. Facilities at the Overlook include flush toilets, potable water, picnic tables, interpretive signs, and viewing platforms. The restrooms and picnic tables are fully accessible.
Directions: From Florence, Travel 10 miles south on Highway 101. The trailhead, on the west side of the highway, is located at the overlook viewing area and is accessed either from north of the covered viewing structure or from the upper viewing deck.
Elevation: Sea Level
Distance: 1.0 miles
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