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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  • August 10, 2017
    It seems as though nothing is open on Tuesdays in this area and this was no exception. Although we couldn't go in the museum, they still had three short trails available for hiking. We only did one, b...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    There are easy walking trails (main one is paved). There are park benches to sit and watch the view. The views are breath-taking!! There is a little museum but it was closed when we were there. The ro...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    Hidden away off the beaten path, this peninsula juts out high above the water with views north to Cape Blanco and south forever. Also, there is a historic museum there and an old rescue boat that is f...  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    Beautiful views an nice trails to walk. The Coast Museum is a fun visit. The trails could use a little more upkeep, in some parts it has become so worn down you are basically walking in a narrow ditch, but the views are amazing.
  • April 28, 2017
    Tiny little park with awesome views. Highly recommend!
  • March 12, 2017
    Look for the trail to the old warf... It is a remarkable spot. Long hike up hill though and if you have knee problems this is not something you will want to do.
  • December 9, 2016
    We went during the strong winds on Thanksgiving 2016 and walking out to the NW point with those winds and the waves was simply awe inspiring. The forces of nature were at full power that day as we got blown around on the trails. Never in danger if u stay on the trails but those winds were almost enough to knock you on your kiester. Really enjoyed that day.
  • June 4, 2017
    Beautiful! Great docent, very knowledgeable and dog friendly.

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