For a woofderful getaway on the Oregon Coast, look no further than the Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park! Located 14 miles north of Florence on Highway 101, this 1,100-acre site draws adventurers with its beautiful scenery, sandy beach, creekside campground, and hiking opportunities. Best of all, you can enjoy the park with your four-legged BFF, so leash up your pup and get ready for an unfurgettable experience!
Hitting the trails is the best way to explore the site; several paths of varying difficulty will take you and your pupper to the beach, campsites, wildlife viewing areas, and second-growth forests. One walking trail will lead you and Fido under the highway and to the park's 5-mile sandy beach and day-use area, where you can beachcomb, hunt agates, watch whales, and picnic. Water-loving doggos are welcome to dip their paws in the ocean, but must be under direct control at all times.
From Washburne, you and your pooch can also hike to the historic Heceta Head Lighthouse, which is pawhaps the most photographed lighthouse on the coast. Built in the early 1890s and sitting 205 feet above the Pacific, Heceta Head Lighthouse can be reached via the Heceta Head Trail, a 2-mile segment of the Oregon Coast Trail. The path to the lighthouse is steep and winding, but the views at the top are totally worth it!
For an extended adventure, check into the park's campground, which boasts spacious sites that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are two reservable rustic yurts as well, but only one is pooch-friendly, so be sure to book early! At night, you can hear the pounding surf due to the campground's proximity to the shore.
Whether you spend an hour or a few days in Washburne, always keep your pupper on a 6-foot leash and clean up after them. Expect to have a furrific time with Fido at the Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park!