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Bandon State Natural Area
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53969 Beach Loop Road
Bandon, Oregon   97411
(lat:43.0691 lon:-124.4314) map location

Phone: 800-551-6949
Bandon awaits the beachcomber, the explorer, the artist and the dreamer. Bandon State Natural Area comprises several spots to access the beach along Beach Loop Road in Bandon. Parking is ample at all locations.

No beach camping from Bandon to Floras Lake.
History of the Area
The history of Bandon State Natural Area dates back thousands of years when it served as an important gathering place for Native American tribes, particularly the Coquille Indian Tribe. These indigenous communities relied on its abundant resources such as fish, shellfish, wildlife, and plants for sustenance.

During European settlement in the 19th century, Bandon became known primarily as a fishing village due to its proximity to rich marine habitats. The town experienced significant growth with industries like logging and agriculture supporting local livelihoods.

1. Blacklock Point Trail: A 4.3-mile moderately trafficked out-and-back trail that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels.

2. China Creek Loop Trail: This easy, family-friendly loop of about a mile long takes hikers through lush forested areas with the opportunity to spot local wildlife.

3. Bandon Beach Walking Route: An approximately three miles round trip hike along beautiful sandy beaches featuring stunning rock formations and tide pools teeming with marine life.

4. Coquille River Lighthouse Pathway: Easy walking path leading up to an old lighthouse offering panoramic oceanic vistas; it's around two miles in length but can be extended by exploring nearby beach trails as well.

5. Bullards Beach State Park Trails: Located just north of Bandon, these interconnected trails offer over seven miles of hiking opportunities through diverse landscapes including forests, wetlands and dunes.

6. Floras Lake Natural Area Paths: These paths wind their way around Floras lake providing breathtaking views across the water body surrounded by dense vegetation on one side while opening onto Pacific Ocean at other end.

7. South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Trails: Offering several short hikes ranging from half:a-mile to five-miles-long showcasing unique estuary ecosystems rich in birdlife.

8. New River Nature Center Hiking Routes: Multiple routes varying between one:to-four-miles-long meandering alongside New river amidst coastal shrubland.

9. Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station Walkways: Short walkways within this research facility allowing visitors glimpse into ongoing scientific studies related aquatic species.

10. Face Rock Scenic Viewpoint Stroll: Less than quarter:of-a-mile stroll taking you right upto edge where Face Rock juts out dramatically against backdrop of crashing waves.
Birdwatchers can enjoy spotting a variety of species including shorebirds, seabirds and raptors. Trails offer easy bird viewing access.

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1. Start by heading south on US:101 S from Coos Bay or north on US-101 N if coming from Port Orford.
2. Continue driving along the highway until you reach the town of Bandon.
3. Once in Bandon, turn west onto 11th Street SW (also known as Beach Loop Road).
4. Follow this road for approximately 5 miles until you see signs indicating the entrance to Bullards Beach State Park and Face Rock Scenic Viewpoint.
5. Turn left into that entrance and continue straight ahead towards Bullards Beach campground area.
6. Just before reaching the campground registration booth, take a right turn onto an unpaved road leading directly to Bandon State Natural Area parking lot.

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