South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Charleston

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Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (SSNERR) is a 4,770-acre (19 km2) National Estuarine Research Reserve located on Coos Bay Estuary, in the U.S. state of Oregon. Its headquarters are in Charleston.

Established in 1974, it was the first reserve in the United States created in response to the federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972.

The South Slough Interpretive Center features exhibits and a film about the flora, fauna, and ecology of the South Slough Estuary and its cultural history. Programs include bird watching, tidepool explorations, nature walks, lectures and films. Maps and brochures are available, and there is also a gift shop.
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  • I was excited to come here by the reviews and I wasn’t disappointed. I went with my husband and kids (7 and 3 years old). The interpretive center was closed (It is closed on Mondays) but the trail...  more »
  • The property covers such a diverse landscape and the trail is so well placed, you'll be thrilled at each change in landscape and water as you hike along. Be sure to pick up a trail map at the visitor....  more »
  • What a lovely park! Really nice trails, very comfortable and well made. A beautiful forest hike.
  • Well kept easy to hike trails are perfect for families. If planning on hiking and then having a post-hike picnic, consider adding another destination to your itinerary, as food is not allowed on the trails and there are no picnic tables in the park.

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