There are Class I ATV (dune buggy) opportunities to the north, with Class III (motorcycle) trails to the east and south. Campgrounds especially tailored for off road enthusiasts are located in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
The Dunes Recreation Area is located just north of Coos Bay / North Bend. To reach the dunes, travel north on Route 101, the Pacific Coast Highway, across the Isaac Lee Patterson Bridge. The dunes start just past the north side of the bridge.
The dunes feature ATVs, tent camping, hiking, horse trails, and RV sites. ATV rental is available. These professionals will train the novice how to safely use the four wheelers which is the best way to experience the massive sand dunes.
In addition to the dunes, the Blue Ridge ATV Trails are located in the nearby mountains.
Spinreel Campground is designed for ATV, dunebuggy, quad campers and has 36 sites for tents, autos and trailers. Drinking water and flush toilets are available. There is direct sand access to a large off-highway vehicle riding area.
Spinreel Campground is located 11 miles south of Reedsport, and 13 miles north of Coos Bay on Spinreel Road. Spinreel Road is just south of Lakeside and Tenmile Creek.
Reservations are available online in advance, or by phone at (541) 271-6000.
For more information about Spinreel Campground, visit the website.
Spinreel, OR 97467
Horsfall OHV Campgrounds
Horsfall OHV Campground and Horsfall Beach OHV Campground are designed for off-highway (ATV, dune buggy, quad, sand rail) vehicle oriented camping. Both are located in the same general area of the dunes, just north of Coos Bay / North Bend.
The beach campground offers day use access to the beach with excellent views of the ocean.
Facilities include ATV access, fishing, flush restrooms, and drinking water. Shower facilities are located in the campground, only, but may also be used by those staying at the beach campground.
Horsfall OHV Campground is located 3 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean in the dunes. Reserve online or by phone at 1-877-444-6777
Horsfall Beach OHV Campground is located in the dunes next to the beach and the ocean. Reserve online or by phone at 877-444-6777
Getting there: From North Bend, travel north on route 101 for 1.5 miles. From Reedsport, travel south for 22 miles. Turn west at the Horsfall Dunes and Beach road sign at Jordan Cove Road and proceed 1 mile, turning right on Transpacific Highway. Travel 100 feet, turning right on Horsfall Beach Road.
The Horsfall OHV Campground is a few hundred feet on the right. The Horsfall Beach OHV Campground is 3 miles further down Horsfall Beach Road.
North Split Hike – Coos Bay
The North Split Hike is a four mile trail across the dunes, then along the beach. The trail is open to ATV’s and four-wheel drive vehicles except during Snowy Plover season (which is usually March 15 to September 15). The wreck of the New Carissa was a major attraction to the area, but it was removed in 2008. But even without the attraction of the wreck, the hike or drive reveals the beauty of the Oregon Dunes and the ocean.
To get there, turn west off of Route 101 at the Horsfall Dunes and Beach road sign at Jordan Cove Road. After crossing the train tracks, veer left on the Trans Pacific Lane. Continue about 4 miles to the parking area on the right.
The North Split Hike is just north of Coos Bay.
Riley Ranch Campground
Riley Ranch County Park is located at milepost 227 on US Highway 101 just west of the community of Hauser, Oregon and 6 miles north of North Bend.
Riley Ranch is adjacent to the Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area. The campground currently consists of 92 campsites (all are reservable) with water and electrical hookups, and two 16’ x 20’ camping cabins.
A RV sanitary dump station is available 4 miles away in Lakeside.
The day use area consists of a large gravel parking area which can be used for overflow dry camping if the campground is full at the rate of 25/night.
Blue Ridge ATV Trails
Blue Ridge ATV Trails are twelve miles of more difficult trails and gravel or dirt roads. Trails were developed in association with the Coos County Riders Association. The trail system is a web of trails which can be ridden alone or linked with gravel roads.
The trail is open year-round but please stay off trails when wet (October through June). Contact land managing agency for trail status.
Located about 15 miles southeast of Coos Bay.
From Coos Bay – From the south end of Coos Bay, head 4 miles south on US 101 and turn left onto Coos-Sumner Lane. Continue on for 7.6 miles. Turn left onto Blue Ridge Road. (BLM Rd. # 26-12-4.2). Continue on for 2.4 miles and turn right onto Road # 26-12-35.0. Go 0.1 mile and turn right onto Road # 26-12-35.1. Go 0.9 mile and turn left onto Road # 26-12-35.4. Continue on 0.3 mile to the parking area.
Winchester Trail System
The Winchester Trail System was originally envisioned as a 30 mile system of trails for use by hikers, equestrians and off road ATV’s. However, today, the system is limited to 17 miles and is used mostly by mountain bikers and Class III ATVs (off road motorcycles). The trails are dirt with lots of ruts, roots and the terrain is steep, making it perfect for those up to the challenge. The trails are now maintained by volunteers but the signage is not up to date.
This is an active logging area, so look out for trail closures. The gravel roads are not to be used for recreation, except for short distances to connect to the trails.
The trail head is located 12 miles (19 km) south of Coos Bay on US Route 101 at mile marker 251. There is not a parking lot, so park off the side of the road in the gravel just prior to an uphill with a passing lane.