Pioneers first settled in Coos Bay in 1853. Less than 40 years later in 1891, the Coos County Historical Society was founded. The society operates the museum, where you can learn about Coos County and its industries of logging, shipping and mining. At the entrance of the museum is a “steam donkey,” which was used to haul logs cut down for industrial use. Inside the museum, you will find many artifacts from native tribes and a variety of displays showing how early white settlers lived. The Coos County Historical Society Museum is located at 1210 Front Street. For more information, call (541) 756-6320.
Regardless of size, waterfalls are wonderful attractions. Golden Falls and Silver Falls are no exception. Located northeast of Coos Bay, these two hidden wonders cascade 100 feet into crystal clear pools. The water crashes down onto moss covered rocks and numerous kinds of wildlife roam around in the heart of nature. There is a path that allows hikers to reach the top of Golden Falls for a view of the forest. Fishing is allowed. Have a picnic in the shade of maple, alder and Oregon myrtle trees. Then take a hike through scenic canyons filled with old-growth myrtle and Douglas fir until reaching the falls. The Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area may be difficult to find, but it is well worth the 24-mile journey northeast of Coos Bay. To get to the park, follow Hwy 241 east from Coos Bay, through Allegheny to the park. For more information, call (800) 551-6949.
One of the oldest continuously working myrtlewood factories on the Southern Oregon Coast, The Oregon Connection welcomes you to browse the many unique and interesting gifts available. Their items are made to the highest quality standards, each one-of-a-kind piece hand turned by skilled craftsmen, assuring a product of incredible beauty that is sure to grace your home for many years to come. While you’re there try their Wooden Touch Putters on the inside green, and check out the other golf accessories. If your sweet tooth kicks in, take home some of their wonderful homemade fudge, order ice cream, have coffee and browse other Oregon foods.
WHERE: 1125 South First Street – Coos Bay
CALL: (800) 255-5318
According to local residents, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is the place to go ATVing or dune buggy riding. The Recreation Area stretches for 40 miles along the coast from Florence to Coos Bay and North Bend. The dunes vary in size, some even as high as 500 feet above sea level, and because of the wind, the dunes change from day to day to create some of the most amazing terrain. However, the Recreation Area is not just dunes. There are also forested trails and over 10 miles of exquisite beach that all can be accessed with an ATV. Your adventure can begin at Spinreel Dune Buggy & ATV Rentals, located at 67045 Spinreel Road in North Bend, (541) 759-3313.