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Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

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  • View south toward Natural Bridges.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Sunset from Thunder Rock Cove in Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Sunset from Thunder Rock Cove in Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Intimidating sea stack south of Thunder Rock Cove in Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Overlooking Secret Beach at low tide.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Natural Bridges.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Sea Stacks off Secret Beach.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Secret Beach in Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Viewpoint from the north end of Secret Beach.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Viewpoint from north end of Secret Beach in Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • View south of Secret Beach.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Warm Sunset Glow over the sea stacks north of Secret Beach in Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Large Sea Stack at the north end of Secret Beach in Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Twilight over Secret Beach in Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Large and whimsical sea stack at Natural Bridges in Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Sunrise view of Natural Bridges sea stacks in Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • View of a small cove South of Natural Bridges in Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • A lone tree north of China Beach in Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Twilight at Whaleshead Beach in Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Long exposure of Natural Bridges taken after sunset.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Footprints that other visitors left behind at Indian Sands.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • A small section of dunes separated from the main dune at Indian Sands.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • The first view of China Beach.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Arch Rock casts a long shadow late in the day.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Great views of the Oregon Coast from the point of Thunder Rock Cove.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • View approaching Secret Beach.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • View from Deer Point.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Spruce Island from Deer Point.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • From the Cape Ferrelo trail, Lone Ranch Beach can be seen below.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Sunset view from the Thunder Rock Cove viewpoint.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Paddlers enjoying the calm waters of Secret Beach.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Miner Creek pours onto Secret Beach.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Kayakers paddle through the archway into Thunder Rock Cove.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
  • Paddlers enjoying Thunder Rock Cove.- Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Rugged shoreline. Nestled Beaches.
Cons: 
Minimal trail signage.
Region:
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Pebbly beach
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Current Local Weather:
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Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor is 12 miles of wayside along Highway 101 that is filled with a network of trails, including 27 miles of the Oregon Coast Trail. Visitors will find a rugged coast with seemingly endless viewpoints of off-shore sea stacks topped with old-growth Sitka spruce. There are dozens of nestled coves and beaches, and some stretches only accessible at low tide. There are opportunities for viewing many different types of sea life, majestic birds, and coastal flora. It is also a landscape photographer's paradise. Classic Northwestern coastline is packed together in a fairly short corridor. 

The best way to experience this park is on foot. However, the minimal amount of trail signage along the Oregon Coast Trail does not acknowledge the many spur trails ending in fantastic views of the coast. There are many parking areas along Highway 101 that allow for several access points to the Oregon Coast Trail and these spurs. Park in any of these areas and you are sure to walk to an amazing view. Some of these parking areas and marked, vehicle-accessible viewpoints offer basic amenities such as toilets and picnic tables.

Arch Rock, which can be seen from the Arch Rock Viewpoint + Picnic Area at the north end of the corridor, holds a special place in the lore of the Tolowa Tribe. According to these stories, a coyote was marooned on Arch Rock as punishment for tricking the local wildlife and peoples. Known for his ingenuity, the coyote collected a basket of mussels and strategically spread them across the water, creating small islands which he hopped across to get back to shore.

Secret Beach, accessible via a short three-quarter-mile trail, is a perfect place to experience Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor. A creek pours down the steep hillside along the trail, ending in a waterfall that plunges into the sand. South of this creek, the beach stretches around a point that can only be accessed at low tide. All along this beach, several sea stacks of various size rise dramatically from the water just offshore. These sea stacks break the waves and allow for fairly calm waters in an undeniably beautiful cove. While visiting Secret Beach, be sure to take the side trip to discover Thunder Rock Cove. You can hike a delightful section of the Oregon Coast Trail from here to Spruce Island and back in 3.2 miles. If you are making a tour of the beaches in this corridor, be sure to check out Thomas Creek Beach and China Beach, as well.

Natural Bridges Viewpoint is accessible by an unmarked trail originating from an unmarked parking area. These seven arched sea stacks are possibly the most recognizable in the park, and for obvious reasons. The waves crash against these impressive rock islands and up and through some blowholes, creating a dramatic experience for all the senses. Take care at this viewpoint as there is not any railing to prevent one from falling down steep cliffs into the water. 

The corridor also includes the unusual Indian Sands dune formation. These dunes are the product of eroding sandstone cliffs that are set high above the sea. Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll through the fine-grain sand while enjoying fantastic views of the the Pacific as they tower above it.

The Cape Ferrelo Hike at the south end of the park provides great views south of the park to Brookings and California. It is only a mile, so it is a perfect short hike if you are passing through with a busy itinerary.

Samuel Boardman was Oregon's first park superintendent, and he was given an honorable legacy in having this place named after him. This place will wow any beach goer or hiker alike with its unique views and utter beauty. 

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