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Hiker at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Introduced European beach grass is changing the face of the Oregon Dunes. Introduced to stabilize the North Spit of Coos Bay, the beach grass stabilized the dunes too well, allowing mixed spruce and Douglas Fir forests to grow on what used to be rolling dunes. Although best known for its craggy beaches, Oregon also has the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in the United States. Sculpted by wind and water, the dunes extend from Cape Arago to Heceta Head - a distance of 56 miles. Oregon Dunes NRA offers hiking trails, campgrounds with horse corrals, and other recreational opportunities.