Hidden beaches Southern Oregon
Well of course there’s the Southern Oregon Coast. The stretch of US 101 between Port Oxford to Brookings to the south is considered one of the most “oooooh” and “WOW!” scenic drives in the state, and one that’s usually less trafficke than up north.
I love Oregon especially the southern coast. There’s so many things to do like beachcoming, hikes, prehistoric gardens, actually to many places and outdoor activities I can’t list them all. However, I’m working on making another post about the culture, arts and theatre, best homemade food, beer, and wine which if you’re visiting or live near by you will have a map or places recommended to read.
Samual H. Broadman Scenic Bypass Hidden Beaches
Hidden places along the southern Oregon Coast
I went to the local visitor center to find brochures on the historical points of interest, places to visit, and locations using maps to find trails, waterfalls, and hidden spots.
Samuel H. Boardman
The history behind this landmark:
The first superintendent of Oregon State Park dedicated 20 years of public service to conserving the best scenic wildness areas. The park lands he acquired throughout the diverse regions of the state between 1929-1950 are the foundation of today's state park. Acquisition of rugged coastal preserve successfully negotiated on the eve of Mr. Boardman's retirement was one of the memorable achievements of his career. (source was on the rock at the viewpoint).
I actually stopped along the highway and tried to get an awesome picture of the it that I actually went almost over cliff. Crazy!!
The corridor is 12 miles, forested, linear park with a rugged, steep coastline with sandy beaches and hidden viewpoints.
At a mile in length, and crossed by three streams Whiteheads is the longest stretch of open sandy beach.The beach takes its name from Whalehead Island, a large rock just off shore that shoots a water spout into the air when the waves hit it at a certain angle. The beach is easily accessible from the parking lot at Milepost 349.1 turnoffs. or by a somewhat challenging hike along the Oregon Coast Trail. I never went down it because a group of us didn't see after the bridge walkway was a trial down. Another spot is at milepost 349.1-349.3 to see the other viewpoint which is hidden in the trees.
About a mile north of Whaleshead Beach is a turn off at milepost 348.6 where you can see:
Whaleshead Veiwpoint to house rock
Very hard trail. This one takes some timed, but its worth it. There are two waterfalls and a whole lot more to see along the trail. MP 349.6
House rock to Cape Ferrelo Viewpoint
One of Oregon's best seasonal whale watching sites. Easy hike to 360 degree views and you will find a monument to Samuel H. Boardman at the viewpoint. "Sam" was the first Oregon State Parks Superintendent. Thanks Sam! Milepost 351.9
From a large parking area, a section of the Coast Trail runs south giving fleeting glimpses of several natural bridges quite far below, but partly obscured by the foliage. Lesser trails branch off descending more steeply to closer viewpoints.
Cove: Another path (1/3 mile) drops down steadily but not too steeply through the spruce forest, out to a rim of a grassy, partly wooded promontory for beautiful ocean views; there are many rocks out to sea, a nice sandy beach below, and an arch to the south, beneath huge, shadowy cliffs.
This is off to the right.
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Thomas Creek Bridge:
The highest bridge in Oregon, built in 1961, crosses 345 feet above the creek bottom. The best way to enter the trail towards the bridge to really see the spectacular magnitude of it's structure is by parking at the south end and follow the trail west where you will see the best look at the gigantic geometric steel legs supporting the bridge.
:The rock is the easiest-viewed natural arch in the scenic corridor, and the best perspective of it is at the end of an area, surrounded by floral meadows. Two spur paths lead to other nearby overlooks. The arch itself is a squat, flat-topped formation 500 feet out to sea, next to another is accessed by a steep and relatively little-used trail through thick woodland.
Places off highway 101 turnouts to stop
One of the many spots I stopped at was a spot to walk down trails that was enclosed with wood fencing and wire on it. I actually tried to get over the fence but I found a log that gave me a view to capture this amazing rock formation.
I used a slow motion effect that was a setting to see how it looks. Some of you might not like the way I used a filter or effect on it because I’ve had some like it and some not. It was down the trail where some spots had a little path to see it. Most of the trails have trees that prevent you from seeing the entire view.
Harris Beach State Park. First one to see if you’re going north.
This one I actually got on the roof of my car because you see the cliff in the picture which gives you only a small glimpse of it.
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