Shore Acres State Park

Near Coos Bay, Oregon, United States

COVID-19 UPDATE: Day-use area and gardens are open to limited daytime use. Note: facilities may close without notice.

 

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.

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.

Park Overview mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use Year Round mdi-currency-usd This park has a day use parking fee Buy parking permit mdi-cellphone Call for info: 800.551.6949
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Jun

Canceled: Rose Sunday - Father's Day

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…

Next happening — Jun 20, 2021 mdi-clock 11:00 AM View session
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May

Canceled: Rhododendron Sunday - Mother's Day

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…

Next happening — May 9, 2021 mdi-clock 11:00 AM View session
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Nov

Canceled: 34th Annual Holiday Lights 2020 Season

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…

Next happening — Nov 26, 2020 mdi-clock 4:00 PM View all 36 sessions
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Oct

Canceled: Dahlia Day

Due to the Covid-19 threat, the Dahlia Day event held in the Shore Acres Information and Gift Center has been canceled to protect the health of our volunteers as…

Next happening — Oct 3, 2020 mdi-clock 11:00 AM View session
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Sep

"Girl Scouts Love State Parks" Day

Girl Scouts will enjoy an adventurous day connecting with nature, learning about the history of the Simpson family, and making memories to last a lifetime! This event is an opportunity…

Next happening — Sep 12, 2020 mdi-clock 11:00 AM View session
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Aug

"In a Landscape" Classical Music In The Wild

Outdoor music concert with a 9-foot Steinway grand piano for classical music in the park.

Next happening — Aug 28, 2020 mdi-clock 12:00 AM View session
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Jul

Canceled: Oregon Coast Music Festival Concert in the Park

Due to the Covid-19 threat, the OCMA Concert in the Park Festival has been canceled to protect the health of our volunteers as well as visitors. Day-use area…

Next happening — Jul 18, 2020 mdi-clock 11:00 AM View session
Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details. Campfire restrictions may be in place.