Discover Nature’s “Wild Side” in Gold Beach — a great escape with uncrowded beaches, pristine wide-open spaces, incredible hiking trails, vast forests and rugged mountains. Located in Oregon’s “Banana Belt,” the city has more sun hours than any other town on the Oregon or Washington coasts. This peaceful but activity-rich community rests on the banks of the Rogue River where it flows into the Pacific Ocean, and has become known as “Nature’s Adventure Center.”
Things To Do
- Beachcombing, tidepooling, clamming and crabbing
- Photography, wildlife and whale and bird-watching
- Windsurfing and Stand Up Paddle Boarding, jet boating and kayaking
- Biking, hiking and camping
- Salmon, steelhead and sports fishing
Agness is located where the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River area and the Illinois Wild and Scenic River area converge. The town has a “city” limits sign proclaiming “Pop: Small.” For a town its size it has so much to give. Spend some time with the locals and find out for yourself. The 35-mile drive from Gold Beach to Agness is exceptionally scenic and enticing, and travelers will want to stop many times along the way. En route enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, rafting, jet skiing and kayaking… or just head straight to Agness to get away from it all.
The oldest established town site on the Oregon coast and the westernmost incorporated city in the lower 48 United States, Port Orford is a jewel-like coastal village perched on scenic bluffs about 30 miles north of Gold Beach. It is also an open-water port, with no bar to provide natural protection for moorage in the water. As a result, it’s become one of only a small handful of “dolly dock” ports in the world. Two giant cranes hoist fishing boats into and out of the water. On the dock they set the boats down on custom-made dollies (trailers) parked in rows.