Horsfall Beach

Horsfall Beach is a complex of recreational facilities operated by the US Forest Service as part of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.  It's north of Coos Bay / North Bend, Oregon, accessed by the Transpacific Lane causeway across part of the North Slough from US-101 near milepost 132.  The complex occupies dunes on a large sand spit between the Bay and North Slough and the ocean.  Facilities include several campgrounds, OHV staging areas, and an OHV sand trail network.  There is an equestrian camp with sand trails.

At the end of Horsfall Beach Road, Horsfall Beach Day Use OHV Staging is colocated with a campground, right across the foredune from the open beach.  The focus is plainly on OHV users, but there are about a dozen car parking stalls for other day users.  There is a rest room with flush toilets, there is potable water, and an ADA observation tower atop the foredune.  This is one of the best places from which to explore the long beach of the Coos north spit.  Due west of the observation tower, a shipwreck is sometimes buried in sand and sometimes partially uncovered on the ocean beach.

Horsfall Beach includes at least three of Oregon's numbered beach access points:

Horsfall Beach is a reliable means of accessing the other beach access points on the Coos north spit.  Some of those to the south offer access via trails from the Trans Pacific Parkway, but land closures as private companies attempt to develop the dunes of the spit leave access uncertain.  Similarly, the access points to the north are all fed by OHV sand roads not recommended for hikers.  From Horsfall Beach, one can walk 7.5 miles south to the Coos North Jetty, or 8.1 miles north to Tenmile Creek and beyond to the Umpqua if fording Tenmile Creek is an option.

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Written 2022; updated 2023.