Stroll along sandy beaches, embark on exhilarating hikes across the landscape, or set up camp at the Cape Blanco State Park and immerse yourself in its scenic beauty. Jagged cliffs, rocky outcrops, and steep bluffs dominate the park's coastline, evoking a sense of awe in all those who venture here. Capture the striking scenery on your camera, try your hand at fishing, soak in the sun on sun-drenched shores, or explore the Cape Blanco Lighthouse and the Historic Hughes House. You can also enjoy horseback riding here.
John D. and Mary West, in 1867, sold off their 47.3-acre (19.1-hectare) land to the government in 1867. For the betterment of the maritime industry, the civic board decided that there should be a lighthouse structure at this place for the offshore reef and islands which were proving to endanger the maritime trade and commerce. Thus a lighthouse was built and to this present day it serves its purpose to the hilt. In addition, it has also become a source of income for the town as a popular tourist attraction.
The Hughes House is an authentic restored Victorian home with 3000 square foot of space reflecting 19th century architecture. The house settled beautifully on a terrace gives away spectacular views of the distant hills, the fields, the Pacific Ocean and the river. Today, the home stands as a tribute to the Hughes family who left their mark in Oregon's history. Visiting this heritage house will also give you an insight about the farming, mining and housekeeping practices of that era.
Established in 1955, the Prehistoric Gardens is a fun-filled attraction combining nature with science and art in a beautiful outdoor setting. A treat for the eyes, the park houses dinosaur sculptures and offers self-guided educational tours through the ancient Oregon rain forest. Visitors can explore the interactive trail as it takes you around the garden, over six wooden bridges, and past 23 true-to-life dino sculptures. It also has a souvenir shop to take back home tangible memories of the park. It makes for an adventurous location for people of all ages. This is a great family-friendly roadside stop along Highway 101.
The Port Orford Coast Guard Station in Port Orford, Oregon was built by the US Coast Guard in 1934 to serve the port and was functional till 1970. Currently, the building is managed by the Cape Blanco Heritage Society, who runs it as a nautical museum, providing information about the local events during World War II. The centerpiece of the museum is a 36 foot (10.9 meter) motor lifeboat.
The rugged landscape of this scenic park is characterized by soaring bluffs, sandy shores, secluded coves, and striking headlands. Traverse the trails winding through the expanse of Port Orford Heads State Park and bask in the sweeping vistas unfurling in the vicinity. Keep your eyes peeled for whales, seabirds, and sea lions. The park also contains the Port Orford Lifeboat Station, a historic site that now serves as a museum.
Humbug Mountain State Park is a 1842-acres (745 hectares) state park that is set against the backdrop of the majestic Humbug Mountain. Set on Oregon’s coastal line, this state park features a well-equipped camping ground. Hikers can climb up the 1765-feet (537.9 meters) high mountain summit and revel in the panoramic views of the North Pacific Ocean. Visitors can be seen participating in water sports activities like scuba diving and windsurfing.