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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  • 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.
  • Tiny little park with awesome views. Highly recommend!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful! Great docent, very knowledgeable and dog friendly.

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