New hiker-biker camping area on the Oregon Coast

This just in from a reader who spotted it in an email from the Adventure Cycling Association:

Robert Forsythe, manager of the Port of Siuslaw in Florence, Oregon, has announced the opening of a twelve-site camping area at the Port’s campground designated exclusively for cyclists and hikers. The hiker-biker campsites are at the east end of the campground, which overlooks the Siuslaw River estuary at 100 Harbor Street in historic Old Town Florence. “We’re very excited to offer this service for the thousands of hikers and cyclists who travel the Oregon coast each year,” Forsythe said, adding that the new area features twelve windbreaks created from repurposed timber, with eye bolts and cleats mounted to the wood to allow campers to secure their gear.

“We worked with local bicycle and hiking enthusiasts in designing the site,” Forsythe said, “and included their suggested amenities,” which also include water, picnic tables, showers, and wifi. The new sites should be well used: It’s estimated that more than 5,000 people bicycle Highway 101 through Florence each year, and that some 2,000 hike the Oregon Coast Trail.

The new campsites are first come-first served, and rent for $8 per person (other sites in the campground may be reserved online or by calling 541-997-3040). Click the link to view an illustration of the entire campground and photos of its various elements:

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