Dunes City is located in Lane County. Sandwiched between Lake Woahink and Siltcoos Lake, this small community is also located smack dab in the middle of Oregon’s coastal sand dune region. Adventure seekers flock to this area for ATV and dune buggy riding, while those seeking a calmer experience enjoy hiking, wildlife viewing, and stargazing. Dogs love the endless outdoor opportunities and the welcoming vibe of the locals. If your pooch happens to get bumped or bruised while out exploring, she’ll need to travel 10 minutes north to Florence to see a vet.
When in Dunes City, a visit to Jessie M. Honeyman State Park is a must. A pawsome combination of coastal rain forest, freshwater lakes, and sand dunes makes this park an enchanting destination for pets and their parents. Walk your pooch through groves of Douglas-fir, Sitka spruce, and huckleberry. Be sure to let her stop to smell the wildflowers and admire the rhododendrons. Or explore the wetlands that surround the shores of Lake Woahink. Look closely and you may spot a beaver or mink. If your pup is up for a challenge, cross the expansive dunes that sit between the park and the ocean. Just be sure to watch for off road vehicles.
If she doesn’t mind a little sand between her paws, your pup will absolutely love Dunes City!
The western outskirts of Dunes City has some excellent trails. The Stagecoach Trailhead is the starting point for the Chief Tsilcoos Trail. Your pooch will feel miles away as he delves into a coastal evergreen forest and hikes through patches of huckleberry and rhododendrons. The trail is 1.25 miles long and can be a loop or a destination trail for Driftwood II Campground. Waxmyrtle Trail is another puptastic option. This 1.5 mile trail runs alongside the Siltcoos River Estuary and finishes at the beach. For a beautiful waterfront stroll with your pup, follow the one mile Lagoon Trail. Be sure to follow trail restrictions since this area is home to the protected Snowy Plover bird.
Siltcoos Lake Trail is a great way to experience the forested beauty of the area. You’ll find the trail on the east side of Highway 101. Clip on your pup’s leash and set off for a pupperific adventure. The thick groves of trees provide an overhead canopy, so your pal will stay nice and cool as he trots along the lush trail. About halfway to the lake, the trail splits and creates a loop. Both trails lead past campsites and eventually end up at the lake. Your furry friend can jump in for a swim or just relax on shore. The loop clocks in around five miles round trip, so he’ll definitely get a good workout.
You simply can’t come to Dunes City without spending time in the spectacular coastal sand dunes. The best place to access the miles of sandy hills is at the Oregon Dunes Day Use Area. Located in Gardiner, it’s less than 10 minutes from Dunes City. If your furry friend is the curious type, he’ll love blazing his own way through the dunes. For a more structured walk, follow the Oregon Dunes Loop Trail through the rolling sandy terrain to the beach and back. During Snowy Plover nesting season there are dog restrictions on the beach, so watch for posted regulations. Make no mistake, this place will make your pup one happy hound!
Pack some sleeping bags and head 10 minutes north to the South Jetty RV and Camping Resort. Located in the southern end of Florence, this pet friendly resort is the perfect spot for a weekend retreat. Not only does it have tent and RV sites, there are plenty of activities available for two legged family members. There’s even a private dog park for canine guests! During the day, explore the surrounding dunes with your furry sidekick. This area is pupular for ATV riders, so be sure to keep her close at all times. Make your way out to the beach or up to the majestic Siuslaw River. By the end of the day, she’ll be ready to just chill out by the campfire.
If your pup is craving some playtime with her peers, head up to Singing Pines Dog Park. Located inside Singing Pines Park, this Florence off leash area is about 15 minutes from Dunes City. Your dog will burn off her extra energy as she runs around sans leash or wrestles with a new buddy. There’s even a small dog area for the petite pooches. Relax on one of the benches as your pup tuckers herself off then make sure she takes a big gulp of water at the drinking fountain. For a nice cool down, clip on her leash and wander around the hiking trails in the main area of Singing Pines Park.