Point St. George Heritage Area, lying just north of Crescent City, is the third westernmost point in the continental United States. The 340 acres of coastal bluffs and rocky shoreline that jut out to sea provide unparalleled panoramas of the surrounding coastline. Panoramic views of Oregon to the north, the Siskoyou Mountains inland, and the forested bluffs of the Redwood Empire to the south make for a spectacular backdrop against the cool blue Pacific Ocean. Walking trails thread the headlands and provide access to the beaches and scenic overlooks before connecting to additional trails that explore the adjacent Tolowa Dunes State Park and a network of coastal lakes and lagoons.
Designated as a Heritage Area in 2002 in honor of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ peoples, the point and its surrounding coastal bluffs remain and important cultural and subsistence area for the Tolowa people. A visit to Point St. George quickly reveals the ecological richness of the coastline. Marine mammals from whales to sea lions are regular sightings here, as are a diversity of migratory and native seabirds.
Lying 6 miles offshore from Point Saint George is the Saint George Reef Lighthouse, the tallest west coast lighthouse for over a century. Decommissioned in 1995, the lighthouse is under restoration and remains standing offshore, weathering fierce north Pacific winter storms and marking the treacherous waters of Saint George reef.