COOS BAY — On June 27, history buffs, walkers, visitors, and community members of all ages are invited to join a walk of the Sawmill & Tribal Trail to the “Clamboree” celebration in Empire.

The Sawmill & Tribal Trail honors paths developed by Coos tribal ancestors that connected their bayside villages and hunting grounds. Later setters also used these trail. On Saturday, participants will travel the Sawmill & Tribal Trail to learn more about local history and native plant life and to enjoy the Clamboree.

The group will meet at the Empire Boat Ramp parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Participants can then either organize their own carpools or take advantage of limited shuttle service to the starting point for the hike. You also could have someone drop you off at Ferry Road Park at 8:45 a.m. then meet you later at the Clamboree. The walk should begin around 8:45 a.m.

Don Luce will lead walkers along the 5.6-mile trail and talk a little bit about the various historical and ethno-botanical points of interest along the way.

Citizens from Coos Bay, North Bend, and the Confederated Tribes have all worked together to develop this historic urban trail.

Brought to you by: Cities of Coos Bay and North Bend; Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians; Coos History Museum; Community Coalition of Empire; South Coast Striders; the National Coast Trail Association; Coos County Cultural Coalition; Johanna Dillard; Kris Thurman; Sterling Bank; Industrial Steel & Supply; the estate of Walter Granum; Harmon Construction; David Petrie and anonymous donors.

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For more information, email Don Luce at southcoaststriders@gmail.com.

Directions to Empire Docks: From U.S. Highway 101 — go 2.9 miles west on Newmark Avenue, then turn left onto Cape Arago Highway. Take your first right onto Michigan Avenue and continue to docks.

Directions to Ferry Road Park: Go north on U.S. Highway 101 through North Bend — turn right on Ferry Road and continue 0.2 miles to park on left.

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