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).
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
This is the viewpoint as the sunsets
At the monument you can walk down a wooden path to the stunning viewpoint of the entire coast. As I watched the sunset I took as many pictures until it was gone. Look at more click here.
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This part 1 of the Samuel H. Corridor Scenic Trail way. Each week I will share the secret spots and show each photo taken in these spots. There is going to be a list of mileposts that don't have names but you need to stop at them because I found them in a local travel magazine.