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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  • Great Coast Guard and Navy History. The museum was full of old maritime stuff and artifacts. The park like setting is very quiet and relaxing and offers 2 or 3 nice trails to hike that lead to great v...  more »
  • Wonderful Life boat fully restored under protective cover that can be seen anytime. Great paths leading to the ocean views. Beautiful walk through the trees. The Museum is ran by volunteers and are ve...  more »
  • I came out here mainly for the Coast Guard Museum . . . but unfortunately it was closed on the Monday I was here. There is an old lifeboat outside that I was able to see. To get to the fantastic sea v...  more »
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  • Fun outdoor place to walk the trails, see beautiful sights, let the kids run and exhaust themself. There are short and long trails, plus all of the historical information and museums makes for a fun outdoor day!
  • very cool site, an old coast guard station that is now defunct and maintained by the state. a beautiful old building that hosts some nice historical displays and some great hikes to excellent views. I wish there was camping here.
  • Port Ordford Heads State Park is one the real hidden gems of the Oregon coast. With it's rocky outcrops and jagged cliffs it makes for a nice change of pace from the miles of beautiful sandy beach's that Oregon is most famous for. The area also has a great little town that has several little shops and restaurants you can visit and have a coast side picnic or just stop for gas and a coffee. The whole city of Port Ordford is a beautiful location to visit anytime your on the stunning Oregon coast!
  • The park is so beautiful it's unreal! A short hike will take you out to coastal views that will inspire you to paint a masterpiece. Springtime flowers were icing on the cake. The kids loved the museum and the staff was friendly and helpful. Bring a picnic and spend a perfect afternoon here.
  • Simply a must do, it's on my bucket list, and I have seen it from all sides, every angle imaginable, many times and it still leaves me breathless Everytime I see it...

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