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“Alsea Falls In Back Country Oregon” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Alsea Highway

The Alsea Highway
Ranked #1,439 of 2,132 things to do in Oregon
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“Alsea Falls In Back Country Oregon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

Alsea Falls is a wonderful place to visit if your really enjoy nature, scenery, hiking, fishing, and water falls. There are two falls here and a lot of hiking trails. It is nature at one of its bests because the campground is so small it leaves no room for over crowding. There are campsites close to the river and everyone in the town is super friendly. The town of Alsea is up the road from Alsea Falls about 15 minutes. It is convienient if you need to run to town for something, yet far enough away, to be away. The campground is on a first come first serve basis and it is rather small so I suggest a Thursday morning or Sunday morning to find a good camp spot. Here is a link if you would like to learn more about Alsea Falls and other great places to visit in Oregon

Visited June 2013
3 Thank Rachel B
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“Alsea Falls...and the getting there”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2014

We love these falls, and were surprised by the changes to the water flow because of falling river-bed rock. That did not change the beauty of the falls, though, and it is still easily accessible. We like that you can walk right out into the cascades, or sit at the base and just enjoy the sounds of the moving water. Great for taking photos too. A great place for the family, hiking trails and camping too.

Visited August 2013
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“Quintessential country drive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2012

Highway 34, (also known as the Alsea Highway) between Philomath and Waldport is a classic example of a pleasant country drive. There is never very much traffic and few if any big trucks. The road has good pavement but is winding with a number of curves – however they are all clearly marked ahead prior to the curves. Although you will see some RVs on this highway, as an RV owner myself I would discourage large RVs from using this road as it does have some sections that are uncomfortably narrow for large RVs.

We live on the coast and have driven this scenic highway many many times over the years. Take your time and allow enough time as you cannot drive freeway speeds along most of this highway.

Note – there is no gas or diesel along this route and cell phone service is non-existent for most of the 60 miles going westbound until you get very near to Waldport.

Heading westbound, once you leave the small town of Philomath, you’ll quickly be in rural countryside. The highway is wide and mostly flat with gently rolling hills on each side. As you continue, you will begin to see a small mountain ahead of you and yes, the road will go right over that!

I used to have a sports car so this next stretch of about 3-4 miles was one of my favorite sections on Hwy 34, hehehe! The road climbs up Mary’s Peak hill in a series of sharp curves through the woods. It’s quite pretty through here and you can take your time and enjoy this stretch. There are a few places to pull over on the gravel verge, but no passing lanes until you get to the long straight stretch near the top. Just as the road straightens out, if you look to your right you can see where the old road continued with even more curves.

At the top is Mary’s Peak recreation area with camping and hiking.

Continuing along the Alsea Highway, you then go down the long hill and will be entering the Alsea Valley. This is a pleasant rural area with farms and ranches. The town of Alsea is quite small with just one old fashioned “general store” that sells a little bit of just about everything. There is a gas station here but it is only open part time, so do not depend on getting any fuel.

Here is where the highway begins to go along the Alsea River, and it will continue to follow the river until the road ends in Waldport. There are a number of day use parks, boat launching spots and campgrounds along this 40 mile stretch, and nearly all of them have outhouses which are kept reasonably clean and well stocked.

Although there are no more towns until you get to the outskirts of Waldport, you’ll see homes, ranches and small farms all along this route, so it shouldn’t feel as if you are out in the ‘boonies’ too much!

If you like covered bridges, there is one just a few hundred yards off Hwy 34 called Hayden Bridge. It’s about two miles west of the town of Alsea.

As you get closer to Waldport, the river gets wider and there are more signs of ‘civilization’. The traffic picks up a bit once you get west of Tidewater – meaning you may see 10 cars instead of three. Sometimes when we drive this highway we keep count of the cars we meet and if it’s over about 25 we remark about the ‘heavy’ traffic!

Highway 34 ends in downtown Waldport at the only traffic light in town at Highway 101. Waldport is a pleasant little town with most services and great scenery.

We always enjoy our trips along the Alsea Highway :-)

Visited October 2011
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