Arch Rock Viewpoint + Picnic Area

Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

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Arch Rock Viewpoint + Picnic Area

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  • One of the many stone picnic tables.- Arch Rock Viewpoint + Picnic Area
  • Vault toilets under the shade of trees.- Arch Rock Viewpoint + Picnic Area
  • A bench with a great view of the coast.- Arch Rock Viewpoint + Picnic Area
  • The viewpoint is heavily forested all the way up to the cliff.- Arch Rock Viewpoint + Picnic Area
  • Teasel growing along the hillside over the Arch Rock Viewpoint.- Arch Rock Viewpoint + Picnic Area
  • View of Arch Rock from the walkway.- Arch Rock Viewpoint + Picnic Area
  • Arch Rock casts a long shadow late in the day.- Arch Rock Viewpoint + Picnic Area
  • Views northward along the coast.- Arch Rock Viewpoint + Picnic Area
  • There is a hidden beach nearby that is difficult to access.- Arch Rock Viewpoint + Picnic Area
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Shaded picnic areas.
Cons: 
None.
Region:
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, OR
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Points of Interest:
Viewpoint, Geologically significant
Dogs allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions

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Light rain throughout the day and windy starting in the evening.
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Arch Rock is a massive natural rock arch standing alone in the Pacific Ocean. Many picnic tables shaded under the coastal forest sit nearby for anyone looking to enjoy a pleasant picnic along the southern Oregon coast. From the parking lot a small loop trail winds around the cliff edge, providing awesome views of the coast and of Arch Rock.

Arch Rock is found within the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, one of the most rugged sections of the Oregon coast. The particular geology of this coastline creates plenty of sheer cliffs, sea stacks, and natural arches. Eons of erosion from winds and waves grinds down the rocks and forms these beautiful features. The natural arches form from cracks and crevices that weaken and fracture into notches. These notches grow into sea caves in the cliffs and sometimes collapse to form blowholes. After thousands of years, only the strongest parts of the rock remain even after the shoreline has receded hundreds of feet. Arch Rock is the strong piece of rock that remains from many many years of erosion. Over several thousand more years this natural arch will likely collapse during a violent storm when pummeled by massive waves.

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