By Amy Whitley

From Southern Oregon Highway 199, better known as the Redwood Highway, winds toward the Oregon and California coastline from Grants Pass, Oregon. Along this 90-mile stretch, those exploring this corner of the Pacific Northwest will discover everything from cave systems to treehouses to perhaps, even, a Bigfoot sighting. Stop at Oregon Caves National Monument outside of Cave Junction, sample a glass of Oregon wine in the treehouse tasting room at Augustino Estate and Vineyard, and stroll underneath a redwood-forested canopy at Simpson Reed Grove Trail. One of the most stunning trails through old growth redwoods, Simpson-Reed is less than one mile and is easy to follow and well-marked. [caption id="attachment_92647" align="alignright" width="300"]

Exploring Southern Oregon's Redwood Highway

On the Redwood Nature Trail.    Photo by Amy Whitley[/caption] There’s an extra loop, the Peterson Memorial Grove, that extends the hike if desired. Also nearby is Stout Grove, an even shorter trail with breathtaking views, all of which are near Jedediah Smith State Park. If you make your way all the way to the Pacific, head north at Brookings, Oregon and explore the Chetco River near Alfred Loeb State Park. Less than one mile farther, find the Redwood Nature Trail, which is actually a trail network of multiple loops that wind up-slope of the Chetco River. Multiple redwoods and other pines, as well as a clear, cold creek, are abundant. Be sure to pay attention to which turns you take in order to find your way back to the start, as it’s not as well-marked as one would like.

Where to stay:

If you’re looking to camp, you can’t go wrong at Jedediah Smith or Alfred Loeb, though plan to make reservations far in advance. For those of us who prefer a comfortable hotel room, The Beachfront Inn in Brookings fits the bill, and as advertised, is indeed beachfront, with private beach access.


@southernoregon @AugustinoSupport @ BeachfrontInnBrookings Amy Whitley is a long-time contributor to OutdoorsNW and lives in Southern Oregon. [caption id="attachment_92648" align="alignnone" width="609"]

Exploring Southern Oregon's Redwood Highway

The Oregon Coast at Brookings. Photo by Amy Whitley[/caption]

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