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Port Orford Heads State Park, Port Orford
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Port Orford Heads State Park is a coastal state park in northwest Curry County, Oregon, United States, in the city of Port Orford. Established in 1976, it is administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.LocationLocated on a bluff above the city, the park has three main walking trails: the Cove, Tower and Headland trails. From each of these vantage points (at the right time of year) one can see commercial fishing boats, orcas, gray whales, California and Steller's sea lions, and various seabirds. The Headland Trail offers an unrestricted view of Cape Blanco to the north and is a popular whale watching spot during the fall. The park is open for day use only.HistoryFrom 1934 to 1970, one of the earliest US Coast Guard lifeboat stations on the Oregon Coast operated at what later became the park.Lifeboat Station MuseumThe Port Orford Lifeboat Station is a museum and interpretive center that was opened in 2000 by the Cape Blanco Heritage Society. Built in 1934, the building is on the National Register of Historic Places (as the Port Orford Coast Guard Station) and was used by the U.S. Coast Guard until 1970. The museum includes the station's refurbished, unsinkable 36-foot motor life boat, and information about the Japanese bombing of the south Oregon coast during World War II.
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  • Don't pass up the opportunity to stop here and take in the views. There are many along the way, but don't miss this one. 
  • If you have an extra hour in the Port Orford area, check out this park. Interesting stories regarding the coast guard heroes who worked these treacherous waters and some short hikes with great views. 
  • This was towards the end of our time in beautiful Oregon before crossing the border into California. We stopped to gaze at the ocean scene. Huge dark mysterious looking rocks emerge from the blue gree...  more »
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  • Great ocean views. They are trying to stop people from doing the 1000 steps, so make sure you give that a try before they make it off limits. The entrance to the 1000 steps is hidden next to a wooden rail fence. The coast guard station is really cool.
  • The museum was pretty nice. Hiking trails were beautiful.
  • Any state parks get a positive review from me. I love the outdoors and the wildness of this park. Great beach spot, with lots and lots of wind! Make sure to come prepared by afternoon's strong winds will blow you away.
  • I enjoy museum hopping. They operate on donations so remember to grab some cash.
  • Very picturesque. Great place to look for agates