In Southwest Oregon three to fifteen miles north of Brookings, Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor has over 1,400 acres and is 12 miles long along the Pacific coast. This scenic park is visited by over 800,000 people every year. Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor is a great place to enjoy the beach, but it’s also a great place to fish, take a walk with your dog, and have a picnic.
The park’s main feature is a stretch of the Oregon Coast Trail, which spreads for 27 miles along the coastline. The trail passes through old Sitka spruce trees and natural arches and bridges. The trail has access to the beach and sand dunes. Guests may stop at one of several parking areas or trailheads and enjoy the area. Cape Ferrelo Viewpoint has a mile-long hike with views of the coastline.
Whale watching is excellent on the Oregon Coast in fall and spring. House Rock Viewpoint has a four-mile trail that branches off to other side trails and secluded beach areas. Whaleshead Beach has an amazing beachfront picnic area with spectacular views and a short walk to the beach. A short walk at Natural Bridge leads to seven iconic arch rocks and blowholes, as well as a memorial to Dr. Samuel Dicken, who first envisioned the Oregon Coast Trail.
From the paved parking lot at Arch Rock, a small path leads to an overlook over offshore sea stacks and small islands. All trails included, the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor features 18 miles of trails. Pets are welcome along the trails and beaches but must remain leashed. Be respectful of other visitors and park rules; always pick up pet waste.
Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor is open for day-use all year-round. There are no parking or admission costs, and no reservations are needed. If you’re near the Southern Oregon Coast and looking to bring your dog on a scenic beachside stroll, check out Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor.