Cape Blanco State Park, Port Orford

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Cape Blanco is a prominent headland on the Pacific Ocean coast of southwestern Oregon in the United States, forming the westernmost point in the state. Cape Blanco extends further west than any point of land in the contiguous United States (lower 48 states) except Cape Alava, in Washington. The cape is part of Cape Blanco State Park and is the location of the Cape Blanco Light, first lit in 1870.The cape may have been named by explorer Martín de Aguilar in 1603 for its appearance, as blanco means "white" in Spanish. In 1775, Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra named the point Cabo Diligensias. It was later renamed Cape Orford by Captain George Vancouver in 1792 but this name fell into disuse and Cape Blanco became the common usage.GeologyThe cape, a relatively level landform with cliffs facing the sea, is about 200ft higher than the ocean. It consists of layers of uplifted marine sediments, ranging in age from 80 million years at the bottom to less than 500,000 years at the top. The uplift is continuing; Cape Blanco is rising by several millimeters each year. Generally, landforms on the north and south end of the Oregon Coast are rising as the ocean floor slides under the continent, while the central part of the coast "seems to be folding down."
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  • Decent road out to the Lighthouse with a nice view as a reward. Quite a few cars in the parking lot.  more »
  • This is a beautiful Park very well maintained private spaces you can tent you can travel trailer you can rent a cabin very easy access to the ocean that you can post in the ranger or delightful. If yo...  more »
  • Sprinkled along the Oregon coastline are some of the most scenic lighthouses in the world. But Cape Blanco Lighthouse at Cape Blanco State Park stands out not just because it is on the very Western ed...  more »
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  • Wonderful Camp ground, full facilities, you can hear the waves break on the shore below, hiking down to the crescent beach or to the lighthouse. Each camp site is also fairly private with hedges. Been there more than once.
  • Excellent park thats well worth the extra cycling miles. It is perched on a bluff with at lighthouse at the forefront. A natural forest protects the camp from any wind and the coastline is spectacular. It's also one of the best biking campsites in Oregon.
  • Beautiful!
  • What a great quiet park. It was so nice to stay here.
  • Beautiful place
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