You won’t find a better place to stop along windy Highway 42 on your way to the Oregon coast than the Bear Creek Recreation Site. Located between Roseburg and Coquille off Highway 42, look for the sign on the right-hand side directly after the Bear Creek bridge. There’s parking for several cars, a picnic area, bathrooms, and a beautiful foot bridge over Bear Creek ending in a short trail through the dense forest.
If the site is crowded, drive a few more miles to Sandy Creek Bridge, one of Oregon’s last standing covered bridges. It will be on the north side of the highway (right), 1/4 mile west of the Remote exit.
Date last visited: November 2009
Distance off the interstate: Directly off Hwy 42. Approximately 30 miles from I-5.
Hours and Admission Prices: None. Camping is permitted at the single site, but for a 24-hour maximum.
Bathrooms: Flush toilets and sinks, all quite clean. Open year round.
Food Services: None.
Website: More information can be found at recreation.gov.
Directions: From I-5, travel west (from Roseburg or Winston) on Hwy 42.