I have been dying to talk to the world about Hobbit Beach and its gorgeous trail. This is a little bit of a secret. I had to do some digging to get proper directions for this place. And! It’s easy to miss.
But so worth the effort.
12 miles north of Florence, Oregon is where you can find the trailhead. It’s easy to pass right on by without noticing. With a very little parking lot that’s across the highway from the actual trail. About half a mile from the Heceta Head Lighthouse Scenic Viewpoint. Be looking for that parking area. TINY.
Once you’ve parked, carefully cross the highway. Once you trot across the scary street, you’ll be plunged into a rainforest like place that Tolkien himself couldn’t have better imagined.
Trek down a bit and you’ll see this:
Now, we didn’t venture along the Lighthouse trail, but I’ve heard lovely things about it. Take the turn for Hobbit Beach and you’re on your way!
I’m going to level with you here and now. We loved this hike and beach so very much, we returned the next day. We adventured this place twice. It wasn’t crowded and the beach is incredible. Ah! I’m getting ahead of myself.
I know. I know. Blurry photo. I almost didn’t include it. But! It shows the scenery of the trail so well. This is what you get on the Hobbit Beach Trail. Mysticism. Whimsy. The feeling your an elf on a mighty quest to save the world. IT’S JUST SUPER COOL, OKAY?
The trail is only about half a mile. But! It’s all down hill. Hooray! Except… the hike back is just that. A HIKE. It’s quite the incline. Since it’s so short, I’d still rate it easy/moderate. But know that when you go down… you gotta go up. I’m lazy and a whiner. Meaning Husband had many giggles at my struggle up the mountain. Still though… SO TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY WORTH IT. Every drop of sweat on the way back to the car was appreciated because: what I felt inside that forest, and on that beach, was unforgettable. And, like I said, we went back the next day. So it wasn’t strenuous enough to deter me from returning.
Toward the end of the trail you come to this…
Indeed it is a tunnel! Only the coolest tunnel you’ve ever seen in your entire life. Talk about a fantasy world!
This is just the coolest place. I almost sat down mid tunnel to write the next great high fantasy book series. I may go back next year and do just that.
If you can calm yourself and get over the phenomenal scene in which you are actually standing, proceed through the tunnel. Trust me. The Hobbit Beach Trail is a “there and back” trail, so you HAVE to return through the super awesome tunnel. Keep trekking…
Because once you exit the tunnel, you see this!
It’s like… another different world. From highways, and speeding cars, to a secret mythical forest, to perfect serene beach.
Let me illustrate why this beach is so perfect…
- It’s super NOT crowded. The beach is so huge, and tricky to get to, there aren’t a lot of people on it. Yes!
- TIDEPOOLS! I’m a tidepool freak. This is a great place to see some anemone, barnacles, maybe even an urchin or two. Little crabbies. Cool shells. So much to explore around here. Remember though, be kind to the nature. It’s lovely and wonderful and needs to stay that way. Don’t make me lecture you.
- Sandollars. We found many whole, unbroken, ones. Very neat.
Seriously, the list could go on and on and on and on… we just fell in love with this place. Please, if you’re along the central Oregon coast pop over here. Explore for a few hours. Enjoy the true magic that is Hobbit Beach. We’ve been to a lot of places, each one incredible. Hobbit Beach and its trail are one of my favorites, if not my most favorite. This place is… special.