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.

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.

Plan your trip

Detailed trail maps are in development. Check back soon.

Where to camp

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.

Beach fires are not allowed near driftwood piles or vegetation. Additional fire restrictions may be in place — watch for signs.

Know the tides

Some areas of the trail are accessible only during certain seasons and/or only during low tide. Check the tides at tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov or pick up a free tide table at state park offices, information centers and many shops and motels. 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 bit.ly/wsplover for maps and more information.

Trail closures and gaps

The trail route may change due to safety issues, road closures or detours. Check Special Notices at oregonstateparks.org for closures and other alerts on sections of trail that go through state parks. Some sections — about 40 miles, or 10 percent of the entire route — are disconnected, inconvenient, unsafe or inaccessible during certain seasons. Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation, Oregon Department of Transportation, local governments and trail advocates are working together to close these gaps. By the end of 2020, we will have an Action Plan that identifies every gap along the trail and a corresponding near- and long-term solution. View project documents and sign up for email updates at oregoncoasttrailplanning.com