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Explore South Slough

Walking and Hiking
North Creek bridge
North Creek bridge
From the Interpretive Center...
There are three major trailheads found at the Interpretive Center:
 
10-minute interpretive nature trail
This short hike loops around the upland forest and has several upland forest plants identified.  A interpretive photo field guide is available from the Interpretive Center for use on this short walk.
 
Down to the Slough
There are several trails which take you down to the Slough.  The longest is a moderate three mile loop down the watershed and back.  Visitors with special needs can obtain access to the Slough; please contact the Interpretive Center for more information (541)888-5558.
 
North Creek Trail
The North Creek trail descends by a gentle grade through a temperate rain forest, terminating at the shore of the Sloughside Marsh and Winchester Creek. This trail provides outstanding opportunities to observe wildlife in the South Slough. To preserve viewing opportunities for all visitors and reduce impacts to wildlife, dogs are not permitted on the North Creek Trail. The North Creek Trail connects by a footbridge to trails on the opposite side of Sloughside Marsh, allowing for an approximately 4.5 mile loop that begins and ends at the South Slough Interpretive Center.

From the South Entrance...
Two trail systems exist at the south entrance of the South Slough Reserve:
 
Wasson Trail
Tour an old homestead and orchard and hike through a mature forest to a freshwater marsh and back.
 
Anderson Creek Trail
View current restoration efforts and keep your eyes open for elk!

Trail Maps
Download and print your own maps  before you go!

Paddling
Photo by Bob Sleeth
Hinch Road Paddle Ramp
Serene waters
The best way to get to know South Slough is from the water itself! Once you are on the serene waters, you will start to truly understand the magnitude of the tides and begin to grasp the forces shaping this beautiful landscape.
Kayaks and canoes can be launched at the paddle ramp located at the end of Hinch Road on the south end of the Reserve, or at the Distant Water Fleet facility on Troller Road in Charleston, just off of the Charleston Bridge.

Paddling Guides
Before you take to the water, responsible and careful planning is a must. Weather and tides can be unpredictable, so please plan accordingly; using our paddling guide  is a great start.
 
Reserve staff have created an aerial map using GIS software, detailing landmarks and areas of interest on South Slough. 
 
Tide Tables
Tide tables from the Hatfield Marine Science Center are essential for planning your paddling trip.

Regional Trails
Beyond South Slough, there are multiple opportunities to get active on the Oregon South Coast.  The Coos Regional Trails Partnership provides information on regional land and water trails in the Coos/Curry areas.