If you are looking for a trendy Oregon getaway with lots of shops and tourist attractions to enjoy, frankly, Gold Beach isn’t it. If unspoiled pebbled beaches, pristine forests, friendly folks, and plenty of down-home dog-friendly amenities sounds more up your alley, then it might just be the place you are searching for!
Gold Beach’s own Pistol River State Viewpoint is a furrific spot for canines and their humans to unwind. Though known for its popularity with windsurfers, this beach has also become a favorite for doggy duos because of its relaxed atmosphere and secluded location. Furry beachcombers must be on a leash no longer that 6 feet while on the park property, and paw-rents are asked to keep the beach clean by kindly picking up their pet’s droppings.
Pups who would prefer to spend their time on dry land are sure to enjoy the Francis Shrader Old Growth Trail, located in the magnificent Siskiyou National Forest. This picturesque loop trail is great for beginners and traverses about a mile of pristine Oregonian rainforest. Your pooch will love meandering through the untouched woodlands and blooming rhododendrons in the spring!
Bordered by richly wooded hills and located where the mountains kiss the sea is the beautiful Humbug Mountain State Park in Port Orford. Not only is this park strikingly beautiful, but it's pet-friendly too, with over 1,800 acres for you and your furry friends to explore! Pups pawticularly love wandering along the park’s black sand beaches, but owners should keep an eye out for signs marking nesting sites and wildlife habitat areas (as most of these areas have restricted access). There is so much to see here, but you and your pooch don’t have to hurry through your visit to experience it all! The park offers pet-friendly campsites, so you can make your visit as long (or as short) as you like!
Take your pup for a stroll back in time (ruffly 66 million years) at the Prehistoric Gardens in Port Orford! This self-guided walking path is sure to thrill guests of all ages and species, with 23 true-to-size dinosaur replicas lurking within the lush gardens. Boasting gravel-paved, wheelchair- and stroller-accessible walkways, this park ensures that no one is too young or old to enjoy this unique roadside attraction! Paw-rents are just asked to keep their pooches leashed and pick up after their pet during their adventure. Furry (and not so furry) kids love prowling this prehistoric paw-adise!
Home to the only off-leash dog park in the area, McVay Rock State Recreation Site in Brookings is an exceptional spot for a doggy getaway. This isn’t just your run-of-the-mill dog run, either -- this park has everything you could ask for to entertain your whole pack! The park's main attraction is its scenic beach, which is pawfect for pooches interested in whale-watching, beachcombing, and windsurfing with their owners. The pebble-covered shore is large enough for a game of frisbee with your pup and to spread out a blanket for sunning or picnicking. Whatever your preference, this beachside park is sure to excite even the most skeptical of puppers!
If your pooch is down for digging up a little history, consider taking a day trip to Cape Blanco State Park in Port Orford! Leash up your furry archaeologist and head out for an expedition along the park's unspoiled beaches, where you may just unearth a fossil! Aside from being an excellent spot for beachcombing, this park is also home to the historic Cape Blanco Lighthouse. Be sure to throw your camera in your beach bag before your visit, because this scenic shore is perfect for a doggy photoshoot! Help keep this park in pristine condition by picking up after your pets during your adventure.
Health-conscious hounds love Woofs Dog Bakery on Ellensburg Avenue in Gold Beach. This Fido-focused establishment truly cares for its fluffy patrons and considers itself first and foremost a holistic nutrition center. Whether you're looking for homemade treats and nutritious kibble, or just toys and puppy apparel, this shop has you covered! There is even a self-service dog wash where owners can clean their four-legged beachgoers. Hungry humans will be glad to know there is a Fido-friendly restaurant just a hop and a skip away to satisfy their nutritional needs, too! Bear’s Bar and Grill serves up plenty of tasty treats for hungry fur families, like their signature Grizzly Bear Burger topped with a quarter-pound of their famous ribs and homemade coleslaw. Herbivores can rejoice here, too, with several options to dazzle their taste buds, such as their signature Grazing Bear black bean burger.