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Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

  COVID-19 Alert 05/14/20
Trails, viewpoints and beach access points are open. Vault toilets are open. Please pack out trash. Be prepared to turn around if crowded. Do not travel far to visit. Check our Park Status Map for a list of open parks and our FAQ page for details on this decision.
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Major Features & Activities

  • Blue Indicates that some, but not all, facilities are accessible.
Major Features & Activities:
  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnicking
  • Vault Toilets
  • Viewpoint (ADA)
  • Beach Access
  • Fishing

COVID-19 UPDATE: Trails, viewpoints and beach access points are open. Vault toilets are open. Please pack out trash.

Craggy bluffs, secluded beaches, and offshore rock formations await visitors along the 12 ocean-hugging miles of Samuel H Boardman State Scenic Corridor, located between Brookings and Gold Beach along Highway 101.

This stretch of the highway features one turnoff after another, each with access to picnic areas, viewpoints and trailheads that connect an 18-mile segment of the Oregon Coast Trail.

There are a couple of ways to experience this park: pick a trailhead and spend the day hiking one of the sections, or stop at each parking area and explore its features.

Here are some highlights to help plan your trip:

Cape Ferrelo Viewpoint: A mile-long hike leads to breathtaking views of the rugged coastline and photo-worthy Oregon sunsets. The Cape is also an excellent spot for whale watching in fall and spring.

House Rock Viewpoint: A memorial commemorates Samuel H. Boardman, the first Oregon State Parks superintendent and the park's namesake. The 4-mile trail between Cape Ferrelo and House Rock offers many side trails to secluded beaches.

Whaleshead Beach: This oceanfront picnic area has gorgeous views and an easy, flat path to the beach.

Natural Bridge: Follow a short trail to one of the best viewpoints in the park — the seven iconic arch rocks and blowholes known as Natural Bridges. Here you'll find a memorial to Dr. Samuel Dicken, who first envisioned the Oregon Coast Trail.

Arch Rock: From the paved parking lot, a short path leads to an overlook featuring a series of offshore sea stacks and islands.

Whether you hike all 18 miles or just 1/4 of a mile, take a moment to consider the multitudes who have walked the same worn path for millennia: Native Americans, explorers, gold seekers and settlers.