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Otter Point State Recreation Site

Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon

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  • Entrance to Otter Point.- Otter Point State Recreation Site
  • The view from the parking area is nice enough.- Otter Point State Recreation Site
  • This narrow trail leads out to the point.- Otter Point State Recreation Site
  • Sandstone formations are fun to explore.- Otter Point State Recreation Site
  • Wind-carved stone and rugged plants.- Otter Point State Recreation Site
  • Otter Point.- Otter Point State Recreation Site
  • This tiny triple waterfall is a nice surprise.- Otter Point State Recreation Site
  • This segment of the Oregon Coast Trail leads down to the beach.- Otter Point State Recreation Site
  • Trailside mushroom.- Otter Point State Recreation Site
  • Restful spot along the trail.- Otter Point State Recreation Site
  • The vegetation is very lush.- Otter Point State Recreation Site
  • This spot demands a time out.- Otter Point State Recreation Site
  • After a descent through dense vegetation, the beach is reached.- Otter Point State Recreation Site
  • The Oregon Coast Trail. continues down the beach- Otter Point State Recreation Site
  • Lots of room to run on this beach.- Otter Point State Recreation Site
  • A lovely and quiet beach.- Otter Point State Recreation Site
  • Otter Point.- Otter Point State Recreation Site
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Pros: 
Easy scrambling on the point. Nice hike. Large beautiful beach.
Cons: 
None.
Region:
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Just 3 miles north of Gold Beach and the mouth of the Rogue River, Otter Point is a wonderful little park that has a lot to offer. With two beaches and a spectacularly-carved sandstone point, there is a lot to do in this small recreation site.

The parking area is dirt and does not have space for large trailers to turn around, but there is plenty of room for the relatively light amount of visitors. There is a short, steep trail to the north that leads down to Agate Beach with its sea stacks and driftwood. The trail on the south side of the parking area quickly splits with the right fork heading out to the point and the left fork following the Oregon Coast Trail along the bluff and eventually down to Bailey Beach.

Otter Point itself is a real playground for scramblers with many levels and paths to explore. This formation is made of very soft sandstone, however, and great care should be taken at all times when walking close to the edge. Great views abound on this point but the wind can be fierce and the weather foggy. Bailey Beach extends roughly 2 miles south from the point and is easily reached by the trail from the parking area--about a half mile. Driftwood, small beachgrass-covered dunes, and several small creeks mark this typical Oregon beach, and there will likely be few other people to share it.

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