Perched on rugged sandstone cliffs high above the ocean, Shore Acres State Park is an exciting and unexpected combination of beautiful natural and constructed features. Once the grand estate of pioneer timber baron Louis Simpson, Shore Acres features lushly planted gardens with plants and flowers from all over the world. Something is in bloom almost every day of the year.
In the landscaped area you'll discover a formal garden, a Japanese-style garden with a lily pond, and two rose gardens which include All American Rose Selections. From Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve, the gardens are ablaze with thousands of colored lights and holiday decorations put up by community volunteers and The Friends of Shore Acres in cooperation with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Click here for more information on Holiday Lights. (Holiday Lights is canceled for 2020 due to Covid-19.)
After seeing the garden, you can stroll down a trail to a secluded ocean cove at Simpson Beach or skirt the cliff's edge to see spectacular ocean vistas which often include towering waves crashing against the shoreline after a storm and migrating grey whales. On the site of Simpson's vanished mansion, a fully enclosed observation building will allow you to view the ocean and protect you from the weather. The observation building has interpretive panels describing the history of the Simpson estate.
Shore Acres Park is located on the Cape Arago Highway, 13 miles southwest of Coos Bay/North Bend and U.S. Highway 101. The park is open every day from 8 a.m. to dusk. Please check posted times at park entrance for exact closing times. A daily vehicle parking fee is charged. Credit cards are not accepted for parking pass purchases at the booth entrance. Annual day-use permits are available for purchase. An Oregon Pacific Coast Passport or your camping receipt from Sunset Bay State Park or any other Oregon state park campground are accepted as a daily permit. Please display the receipt on the driver's side of your dashboard. No animals permitted outside of vehicles, with the exception of service animals.
The Friends of Shore Acres operate an information and gift center at the entrance to the formal gardens where visitors can purchase items that relate to the historical and natural features of Shore Acres. The Friends also sponsor a variety of horticultural and cultural events at the garden throughout the year.
A large Monterey Pine (pinus radiata) dates back to the historic Louis J. Simpson estate. A member of the national Big Tree Register, the pine is 95 feet tall with a 208-inch trunk circumference and a 74-foot crown spread. It shares co-champion honors with a Monterey Pine in Carmel, California, which has a smaller trunk, but a wider crown. It was probably planted around 1910.
Commercial and recreational use of a radio controlled aircraft, unmanned aircraft - "drones", quad-copters' and similar are prohibited at Shore Acres, Sunset Bay, Norton Gulch, and Cape Arago.
This is a safety effort to control hazards that could negatively affect visitors or protected wildlife.
The initial holding was purchased from Louis J. and his wife, Lela G. Simpson, in 1942, and included the Simpsons' ocean front estate with its formal garden. Later additions were acquired from other owners between 1956 and 1980. The garden fell into disarray in the period 1942-1970 but it has been restored to perhaps an even grander scale than that achieved by Louis Simpson. "Shore Acres" was the name given by the Simpsons to their large estate on the spectacular Cape Arago sea coast. The house sat on a precipitous bluff overlooking the rocky ocean shore. The Simpson family was important in the development of the Coos Bay area, beginning with Captain Asa M. Simpson, who founded the town of North Bend after his arrival on Coos Bay in 1855. Simpson and his sons were leaders in shipping and the lumber industry. They owned land from Cape Arago to North Bend.
Due to the Covid-19 threat, Rose Sunday event held in the Shore Acres Information and Gift Center has been canceled to protect the health of our volunteers as well…
Due to the Covid-19 threat, Rhododendron Sunday event held in the Shore Acres Information and Gift Center has been canceled to protect the health of our volunteers as well…
Friends of Shore Acres, Inc. and the Sunset Management Unit of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) announce that the 34th annual Holiday Lights at Shore Acres is…