South Slough

Susan hiking at South Slough

The grass can grow quite tall in some areas

There are aproximately 5 miles of hiking trails at the reserve. This 5 miles is made up of 10 trails, the longest of which is 1.4 miles and the shortest is .07 miles.

Trails are open from dawn until dusk and all but the longest are open to dogs on a leash.

Looking at a trail map, one will note that the rail system makes a large loop with occasional spurs and loops off the main trail. Each spur or lop takes a person to a slightly different environment or special location.

Much of the use of this trail system is by nature lovers and bird watchers and opportunities exist around every corner. We have had a wonderful time trying to photograph Wren Tit amongst the grasses and Hummingbirds near an old homestead.

South Slough also offers Canoe trails for those who would like to spend a day Paddling.

Getting there

The South Slough National Estuarine Reserve is located at 61907 Seven Devils Rd, Charleston OR.

Find it from Bandon is fairly easy. Head North on highway 101 for approximately 10 miles. Turn Left on West Beaver Hill Rd, approximately 1/4 mile past the Coos County Land Fill. Highway signs will mark this intersection.

Continue down West Beaver Hill for about 6 miles to where it meets with Seven Devils Rd. Bear right onto Seven Devils Road and continue for about 5 miles to the South Slough Interpretive center.