Mixed-Media Biking: 1/2-Day to 3-Day Trips
The area around Bandon offers a variety of terrain for cyclists. From road to mountain to beach, Bandon offers it all. Each of the following rides can be the basis for a half-day, full-day, or multi-day bike trip to Bandon. Choose your wheel, and ride! For Rentals and all things Coastal-bike related while in Bandon, visit South Coast Bicycles and Bandon Bicycle Works.
DAY 1: HALF- or FULL-DAY MOUNTAIN-BIKE ADVENTURE
Take a run at Ride Whiskey Run Mountain Bike Trails. The trails are open all year and feature more than 10 miles of single-track, two-way trails designed for beginner to intermediate difficulty. Choose your difficulty level, or try them all. Depending on your endurance and skill level, Whiskey Run may entertain you for a half- or full-day. If you’re looking for a new challenge, head back to Hwy 101 and 2 miles north to Winchester Mountain Bike Trails for 16+ miles of mostly intermediate trails. After your ride, head to Bandon Old Town and replenish your carbs at Bandon Brewing Company. Pizza and beer (and bike riding) go hand-in-hand!
Bandon offers a range of lodging options. For the full outdoor experience, spend the night at Bullards Beach State Park. Located two miles north of Bandon, their hiker/biker camp offers storage lockers that contain solar powered USB charging ports for electronic devices. If you stay at Bullards Beach campground, wind down for the evening by taking a bike ride on the mostly-paved pathway to the beach. Located at the end of Bullards Beach Road, near the historic Coquille River Lighthouse, there are 4.5 miles of beach to explore. Ride your fat-tire or mountain bike on the hard-packed sand along the edge of the surf. For a non-camping overnight stay, try the Table Rock Motel, located on Bandon Beach Loop Road. The trails around the cliffs where the motel sits are suitable for bike riding. With a quick ride into town, the quiet streets of Bandon made for a perfect bike ride to view Old Town, loaded with small shops, gifts, and restaurants. Bandon offers a variety of dining experiences from which you can Choose Your Table. For a casual and hearty dinner, try Foley’s Irish Pub, offering traditional Irish pub fare and salads.
DAY 2: GO WILD – ROAD & TRAIL BIKING
On Day 2, drop into Bandon Coffee Cafe for a full breakfast menu including meat and veggie egg dishes, breakfast sandwiches, and burritos. Once sated, you are now ready to head 25 miles south to Port Orford, the oldest town on the Oregon coast, and the start of the Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway. This moderate, 61-mile journey traverses some of the most spectacular scenery on the Oregon coast, including lush cranberry bogs, the wild and scenic Elk River, basalt sea stacks, and expansive ocean views. Note, this route follows paved in-town roads, sections of Highway 101, and narrow roads with limited shoulder. Use caution, and plan accordingly. After your ride, and on the way back into Bandon, stop at Billy Smoothboars Seafood & Steak House or The Arcade Tavern for a pub meal to refuel before heading to your home base to enjoy what you missed the night before, or to just settle in and relax for the evening.
DAY 3: BONUS BEACH RIDE
Top off your stay and detox at Rawsome Juices & Smoothies with avocado toast and an acai smoothie. Afterwards, head down to the beach for a moderate, 19-mile Bandon Fat Bike Beach Ride. Highlights include stunning rock formations and splashy stream crossings. Not enough time? You can easily split the route into segments. From Old Town, the route extends north to Seven Devils State Recreation Site, and south to Bandon State Natural Area and China Creek Beach. From here, you can jump onto Beach Loop Road, cruise back into town, and grab a bite to eat at Bandon Bait and Tackle where you can find the “Best Local Rock Cod Fish and Chips” in the area. Once the plate is clean, it’s time to head for home; exhausted, but exhilarated.