Bear Creek Recreation Site

Highway 42

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.

Looking down at Bear Creek from the foot bridge.

Looking down at Bear Creek from the foot bridge.

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.

Hiking the trail along with the dog.

Hiking the trail along with the dog.

Bathrooms: Flush toilets and sinks, all quite clean. Open year round.

Food Services: None.

Website: More information can be found at

Directions: From I-5, travel west (from Roseburg or Winston) on Hwy 42.


About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.




  1. Thank you! You often write very interesting articles. You improved my mood.

  2. We often go to the coast from Grants Pass (I-5). Found some great FREE camping sites near Powers. Great Photos!

  3. That’s great to know! We’ll be driving to the coast from Grants Pass soon, and I’ll look for it!

  4. Andy Nonimous says:

    CLOSED 2012

  5. Thank you for the update, Andy. Sorry to hear it.

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