Bullards Beach Horse Camp is located at Bullards Beach State Park, 2.5 miles north of the town of Bandon. The park has a beautiful beach that offers splendid riding beside the surf, plus plenty of dune trails to add variety to your rides.
Bullards Beach Horse Camp is open year round. It features eight campsites with corrals tucked among the shore pines, potable water, garbage cans, and manure pits. You’ll find hot showers and flush toilets in the family campground just down the road, so Bullards Beach State Park has just about everything you need for a great horse-camping vacation any time of year. Reservations are required: 800-551-6949.
The Cut Creek Trail runs out through the dunes to Cut Creek, through vegetation that varies from dune grasses to dense stands of shore pines. You can create loops of varying lengths by turning off onto one of several trails that lead to the beach, and then riding back beside the surf.
You can ride either down the beach or along a nice dune trail to reach the tiny but picturesque lighthouse located where the Coquille River empties into the Pacific. Tie your horse and take a guided tour of the restored lighthouse. Then ride back along the beach to complete a loop.
The park opened a brand new trail through the dunes in 2012. It runs roughly parallel to the Cut Creek Trail, but farther inland. At the trail’s northern end it veers west and connects to the Cut Creek Trail, providing a delightful inland loop for days when the beach is windy or the tide is high.
Getting to Bullards Beach Horse Camp: From Coos Bay, drive south on Hwy. 101 for 22 miles. From Bandon, drive north on Hwy. 101 for 2.5 miles. All, turn west on Park Road. Continue 1 mile to the horse camp on the right.
More Information: Bullards Beach Horse Camp is covered in Riding Southern Oregon Horse Trails, by Kim McCarrel, (Ponderosa Press, 2014).