New River North & Ridge Trails
Length: .25 mile or .4 mile (one way)
Surface: Dirt, Sand
From Coos Bay, drive 24 miles south on US 101 to Bandon. Continue south past Bandon 5 miles to Croft Road. Turn right (west) on Croft Road. Continue down road until you reach a “Y” intersection in 1.5 miles (road turns to gravel). Take the right fork past the cranberry bogs, passing through a gate and around a bend to the New River BLM interpretive area/greeting center. Maps and trail information are located at the kiosk next to the site host.
Setting and Attractions:
New River is an 1100-acre Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), an area that the Bureau of Land Management has determined is requires special attention for entire ecosystems, plants or animals. New River offers excellent opportunities for visitors to experience and appreciation for coastal habitats and species within them. A careful observer to the area may see a bald eagle, western lily, peregrine falcon, western pond turtle, a western snowy plover, or numerous other species.
Begin the North Trail along an old road northeast of the interpretive kiosk at the Storm Ranch. North Trail takes you through an open meadow bordered by manzanita and small dunes. This trail links to the Ridge and Huckleberry trails and also recommended for equestrians.
The terrain of the Ridge Trail carries you up and over small dunes, winding through a beautiful shrub community of salal, manzanita and western hemlock. The coast range is visible from some areas along the trail. This is an excellent extension to the North Trail and Huckleberry Hill Trail.
For more information, trail conditions and maps contact: Coos Bay District BLM at (541)756-0100 or visit their web site atwww.or.blm.gov/coosbay/