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“Gr8, Unusual, Free & Easy - Right Off Hwy 101” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Darlingtonia State Natural Site

Darlingtonia State Natural Site
US 101, Florence, OR
800-551-6949
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Ranked #8 of 17 attractions in Florence
Type: State Parks
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“Gr8, Unusual, Free & Easy - Right Off Hwy 101”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

A gem worth stopping at for restrooms and viewing of rare flowers between the 200 & 201 mile markers.

Bear to the right on the easy path past the Darlingtonia sign and you'll soon be in the old growth forest with moss-covered trees, ferns and the bog to view the rare carnivores and the insects around them. Read the informative signs which are very helpful.

A few kids watched excitedly to see a fly disappear into the cobra-like head of the plant. This is a must-do with kids, and so easy that anyone looking for unusual sights can stop. I think the boardwalk makes it wheelchair accessible.

Visited August 2013
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“Carnivorous plants galore!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Just off the road, a short hike to see the Darlintonia Natural Site, from a board walk. We loved the solitude and beauty of the site. And learned all about the Darlintonia carnivorous plants, without losing much time on our next leg of the trip.

Visited August 2013
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“Plant-Lovers will love this!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

It's just a short stop. If you don't like to garden or don't enjoy exotic plants, humor your partner or friend and go ahead and stop. It won't take long. This is a small bog, with raised boardwalk. After a short walk through beautiful old growth timber (great for bird watching, I saw a cinnamon-backed chickadee while there), you'll come to the sunny bog that houses these incredible plants. I was amazed at the VOLUME of plants. It's colorful, fun, and (even a bit) educational.

Visited August 2013
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Florence, Oregon
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“Darlingtonia State Natural Site”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Pleasant short walk through the woods to view the flowers that only grow here and in a few other areas in the world. They are only in bloom a few times during the year. Read all the signs that are very informative.

Visited May 2013
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“Darlingtonia - Unique to the Oregon Coast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a great little spot to take a break, stretch your legs and discover something new! Darlingtonia is unique to the Oregon Coast (in the US) and worth the side-trip. Plus, the site is only 2 mins off the Highway with a paved parking lot that is easy to find.

The path to view these strange little plants winds through a beautifully forested path that shades you on a warm day, and shelters you on a rainy one. It is not a strenous walk and all ages (2-99) will find it easy to follow the relatively level path to the viewing area (there is the occasional dip or tree root to step over). Once you cross over a raised boardwalk, you get a peek at clear blue sky and sunshine illuminating these carnivorous plants!

There are large print plaques about the Darlingtonia, so it is an informative stop as well as a fun one. You can add a little bit of science to your trip up the coast if you have kids - they will appreciate the ability to stretch their legs, and you will appreciate that you are filling their head with another amazing fact about the Oregon Coast.

I highly recommend stopping here on the way to Florence, OR - it is such a little "gem" on the coast that most people miss. You will most likely have the site all to yourselves to explore at your leisure.

Visited September 2012
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