Oregon Coast Trail

The majesty of Oregon's 362-mile coastline unfolds around every bend along the Oregon Coast Trail, also known as the OCT. Hikers cross sandy beaches, meander through forest-shaded corridors, traverse majestic headlands and pass through 28 coastal towns.

Oregon Coast Trail sign along forested trail

Most of the route is on the beach, although some segments wind through state parks or public lands. Generous landowners provide trail easements for portions of trail on private property. About 10 percent of the trail is on the shoulders of U.S. 101, county roads and city streets.

Maps

These maps, updated in summer 2020, are for informational purposes and may not reflect current ground conditions. The trail route may change due to safety issues, road closures or detours. Scroll down for a list of major closures.

Section 1: Columbia River to Oswald West 

Section 2: Oswald West to Cape Lookout

Section 3: Cape Lookout to Lincoln City

Section 4: Lincoln City to Waldport

Section 5: Waldport to Florence

Section 6: Florence to Reedsport

Section 7: Reedsport to Bandon

Section 8: Bandon to Port Orford

Section 9: Port Orford to Cape Sebastian

Section 10: Cape Sebastian to California

Be Prepared

Hiker/Biker campsites are at nearly every state park on the coast. The tent sites are first-come, first served and are near water, restrooms and showers. Visit Find a Park for locations and cost. Camping may also be available at parks managed by other agencies. 

Beach camping is allowed in some areas, but please be aware of the tides and camp above the high tide line. Camping is prohibited within most major city limits and within or adjacent to state parks. Camping is also prohibited in western snowy plover habitat areas during nesting season, March 15 - Sep. 15.

Beach fires are not allowed near driftwood piles or vegetation. Additional fire restrictions may be in place — watch for signs and check Special Notices during fire season for alerts.

Know the tides

Some areas of the trail are accessible only during certain seasons and/or only during low tide. Check the tide times at tides-forecast.com. Visit our Safe Ways to Explore the Beach for more information.

Watch for nesting birds

Some Oregon beaches are protected nesting grounds for a small shorebird called the western snowy plover. During nesting season (March 15- Sept. 15), hikers on protected beaches must walk on wet sand. Also prohibited: dogs (even on a leash), camping and beach fires. Watch for signs. Visit oregon.gov/plovers for maps and more information.

Trail closures and gaps

North Coast Trail Closures

Three sections of the OCT will remain closed until at least spring 2023 due to extensive trail damage from a severe windstorm in 2020. See our trail maps for details.

  • The North Trail at Cape Lookout State Park is closed, with a detour available via Cape Lookout Road.
  • Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain Trail at Oswald West State Park is closed from U.S. Highway 101 to the summit (45.743830, -123.947673). 
  • Arch Cape to Cape Falcon Trail, also at Oswald West, is closed from the north trailhead to the crossing at U.S. Highway 101. 

Amanda's Trail Closure

South of Yachats, watch for trail closures on Amanda's Trail. The section south of Amanda's statue will be closed between approximately Oct. 1, 2021 – Feb. 31, 2022 for a bridge construction project. No trail detour is available.

The trail on the north side of Amanda's statue may also have intermittent closures during this period. See Map 5, above, for location of  Amanda's Trail.

Other closures and gaps

All closures and alerts on sections of trail that pass through state parks are posted in Special Notices. You will need to know the name of the park the trail passes through (labeled on our maps, above). Some sections pass through public lands operated by the U.S. Forest Service — check fs.usda.gov for information and closures on these sections. 

Some sections — about 40 miles, or 10 percent of the entire route — are disconnected, inconvenient, unsafe or inaccessible during certain seasons. These are identified as "gap section" in our maps. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon Department of Transportation, federal land managers, local governments and trail advocates are working together to close these gaps. Check back for updates.