South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Charleston

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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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  • We visited the last day of February and the skunk cabbage flowers were just starting to emerge. It's always a great hike on the Hidden Creek trail to finally get to the boardwalk where the skunk...  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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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