Bandon isn’t just a stop along the Oregon Coast. It’s a destination on its own right. And when you live here, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for nature. I’m sure you’ll agree that the following outdoor destinations in Bandon are awe-inspiring.
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
57744 Round Lake, Bandon, OR
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is a golfer’s paradise, with several golf courses and restaurants, three clubhouses, and a seemingly endless line-up of resort-style amenities. All of these features enjoy incredible views of the ocean.
There are six courses at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort: Bandon Dunes, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Trails, Old Macdonald, Bandon Preserve, The Punchbowl. A seventh one, Sheep Ranch, is slated to open in 2020.
Each of these courses were inspired by the rugged coastal environment and the spirit of Scotland’s ancient links: windswept and challenging. You can enjoy miles and miles of sweeping shores and grassy dunes that extend to the water. You can even head down to the beach after a game, as there are trails that will lead you down to the surf.
Bullards Beach State Park
Bullards Beach State Park, Bandon, OR
Have a fun beach day with the whole family at Bullards Beach State Park. Explore the 4.5-mile beach on foot, bike, or horseback. If you want to stay overnight for some beach camping, there’s a large campground surrounded by shore pines with plenty of space for tents, yurts, and RVs. You can find a horse camp here, as well.
Located along the Coquille River, Bullards Beach is also an ideal spot for fishing and crabbing. There are boat launch facilities available if you want to try your luck in deeper waters.
One spot you definitely shouldn’t miss at Bullards Beach is the Coquille River Lighthouse, located at the southern end of Bullards Beach Road. A local icon, this decommissioned lighthouse features several exhibits and a gift shop.
Beach Loop Drive
Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint, Bandon, OR
Want to go on a scenic road trip? Take Beach Loop Drive, which gives you access to the most photogenic spots around town. The route runs along the coastline south of Bandon, giving you breathtaking vistas of the Oregon Coast.
See gorgeous rock formations such as Bandon Rocks, Face Rock, Elephant Rock, Wizard’s Hat on the beach, and Cat and Kittens. Other scenic spots include the Bandon State Natural Area, Coquille River Lighthouse, and the Bandon South Jetty County Park.
Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
Go bird watching and other types of local wildlife at Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. It protects one of the last remaining salt marshes in the Coquille River estuary. Every spring and fall, thousands of migratory birds drop by the mudflats—definitely a sight to behold.
For the best views, go to the Bandon Marsh Observation Deck located south of the refuge. The mudflats can be accessed through a viewing platform as well.
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