Scenic Drives along the Oregon Coast

Well of course there’s the coast. The stretch of US 101 between Gold Beach and Brookings to the south is considered one of the most “oooooohhh!” and “wow!” scenic drives in the state, and one that’s usually less trafficked than up north. Look for waysides; there are lots of picnic spots and hiking trails .

But turn off the highway and you’ll find as much to be amazed by. Considered one of the most beautiful is Floras Lake County Park, off US 101 just north Port Orford. While you’re up here, check out nearby  Cape Blanco State Park , the western most point in the continental  United States , and the Elk River , also marked along US 101.

Drive the south bank of the Rogue River on Jerrys Flat Road, 35 miles, to the tiny town of Agness (“Population Small”) where you’ll see the intersection of the crystal clear Illinois River and the Wild Rogue River. While you’re in Agness, check out The Old Agness Store with it’s Oregon only gift shop and homemade breads.

A good map and recommendations from locals is your best bet when in town, because the drives vary with the season. Ask about azalea blooms and spring iris fields.