Take a 60-mile, round-trip journey through 500 years of forest growth in Coos County, where you can see everything from tiny seedlings to giant, old-growth trees. The story of the forest unwinds in six stops, each highlighting a different stage of forest growth. Watch for the green tree symbols along the route. At each stop, a short trail leads you into the forest.
The highlight of the tour is the Doerner fir at Stop 5. It is the largest known coastal Douglas-fir in the world standing 329 feet tall and at 11.5 feet in diameter. Beginning in Fairview, this journey will take from five to eight hours, depending upon your exploratory spirit. This is a working forest, so roads are narrow and winding and not recommended for large recreational vehicles. All the roads are paved except for the last 4.6 miles into Stop 5. Be alert for logging trucks. Drive defensively, slowly and use the corner pullouts. And remember to lock your vehicle when you leave it.
How to get there:
To get to Fairview from Coos Bay, take Highway 101 south to Highway 42 east. Follow for 10 miles. Take a left on West Central Blvd. towards downtown Coquille. Go about one mile and take a left towards Fairview/Lavern Park. Follow for eight miles to the Fairview intersection. Follow the tree symbols from there.
For more information, please contact:
Bureau of Land Management
1300 Airport Lane
North Bend, OR 97459