See the Coast on Two Wheels (Even if You Forget Your Wheels)

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, February 24, 2020

Last week my canine copilot Scout and I camped at Jesse Honeyman Memorial State Park, which is only about 3 miles south of Florence. 

The morning dawned clear and mild, so we ambled though the expansive (second largest in Oregon) campground after our early morning run on the dunes. We happened upon a welcome center. It wasn’t open yet, but I was pleasantly surprised at the sign on their door about bike rentals.

As a cyclist, I'm well aware that though the Oregon coast boasts miles of beaches and trails that are bike friendly, traveling with a bike often isn’t so ... friendly. In spring you also can’t bank on bike-ready weather, but the season for cycling is indeed rolling in – we are currently in that sweet spot before the trails and beaches get crowded but the temperatures no longer cause you to peel your cold, dead hands off the handlebars at the end of a ride. Since you might not want to pack your bike on a trip to, up or down the coast and end up not using it, rentals are the perfect solution.

Honeyman park is located at 84505 U.S. Highway 101 and has lengthy trails as well as miles of dunes to explore. The campground and welcome center are open year round.

 

If you are a little farther north, Bike Newport has fat tire bike rentals that you can take to the long flat beaches around Newport. The shop also has maps for nearby trails, such as the Wilder trails where the annual Coast Hills Classic Mountain Bike Race, a 12- or 24-mile mountain bike race happens every June, part of the Oregon Off-Road Series. If you aren't familiar with the area, ask Bike Newport about their guided tours that include bike rentals.

Local volunteers work hard every year to make sure the trails in Wilder are in good shape

If you are in the Lincoln City area, stop in to the Salishan Marketplace where the Scout Adventure offices will get you set up for bikes and give you lots of suggestions of places to ride them. The shops are close to a bike-able nature trail that winds along the Siletz Bay, a great place for bird watching.

Discontinued forest roads are another great place to explore on the coast and off the road
 
The next time you find yourself on the coast on a beautiful day and feel like riding even though you left your bike behind, take advantage of these resources and explore the coast on two wheels.
 
For other things to do on the Central Coast, check out our Daytime Events calendar. For evening entertainment, our Nightlife page steers you to the top happenings on the Central Coast.
About the Author Gretchen Ammerman
Gretchen Ammerman received an Environmental Science degree from Humboldt State University and was soon running a state environmental agency in Hawaii. She gave it up for the glamorous life of the freelance writer. This led to steady employment as a newspaper editor in Lincoln City, OR, where she knew she was doing well when the paper was threatened with a lawsuit within a week. Though the work was rewarding, she returned to freelance writing to have more freedom to explore the beautiful state of Oregon with her adopted dog, Scout.