The Cape Blanco State Park is home to the southernmost lighthouse still in existence within the state of Oregon. Built in 1864, it was the most advanced lighthouse on the western coast of the United States when first constructed. It was refurbished with a new lens and additional housing in 1936, after which time it has remained relatively unchanged.
Hiking is a popular past time in Cape Blanco State Park, with roughly eight miles of trails to explore. These trails provide several different ocean views, as well as winding through the thick coastal forests. Dogs are quite welcome here, provided they stay on a six-foot leash or shorter.
Horse riding was always popular in and around Cape Blanco, but the sport received a new lease on life in early 2018. Oregon State Parks paired with a local organization called Oregon Equestrian to remove the original wooden stalls erected in the 1920s.
In their place were built 12 new metal corrals, all of which are open to the public. These are unavailable for rental, so make sure to get here early if you're looking for a spot. Canines aren't allowed on any of the equestrian trails or near the corrals. Horse camps are available by reservation only.
Camping is very popular here as well, with 52 different individual campsites available for rental. All of these sites have electrical hookups, firepits, and water services. If you are trying to book a larger group, Cape Blanco State Park also offers four group campsites which can hold a maximum of 50 people and 25 vehicles.
In 2015, four new cabins were constructed, all of which are fully furnished and can sleep up to eight. Canines are more than welcome on the traditional campgrounds but are strictly prohibited from any indoor structures.
Fishing rods and bait are available at the visitor's office adjacent to the lighthouse if fishing is more your speed. Dogs are allowed on both of the concrete fishing piers that jut out from behind the offices and surrounding structures. For a fun-filled day or weekend, visit the Cape Blanco State Park.