Shore Acres Loop Trail

Shore Acres State Park

Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon

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Shore Acres Loop Trail

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  • Trail entrance from the northwest corner of the parking lot.- Shore Acres Loop Trail
  • View from the trail.- Shore Acres Loop Trail
  • Looking back to the observation shelter.- Shore Acres Loop Trail
  • Twisted Monterey pine (Pinus radiata) on the bluff.- Shore Acres Loop Trail
  • Remains of the tennis courts of the historic Simpson estate.- Shore Acres Loop Trail
  • Beautiful sandstone bluffs along the trail.- Shore Acres Loop Trail
  • View south to Simpson Reef.- Shore Acres Loop Trail
  • Coastal trees clinging to the cliffs.- Shore Acres Loop Trail
  • The trail offers nonstop spectacular views.- Shore Acres Loop Trail
  • Looking north toward Sunset Bay.- Shore Acres Loop Trail
  • Capa Arago lighthouse north of Sunset Bay.- Shore Acres Loop Trail
  • Impressive old Monterey Pine.- Shore Acres Loop Trail
  • These gates marked the entrance to the Simpson estate.- Shore Acres Loop Trail
  • View from the trail.- Shore Acres Loop Trail
  • Signs of the trail looking north from the observation shelter.- Shore Acres Loop Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Level and easy hike. Astounding vistas.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Total Distance: 
1.40 mi (2.25 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
40 ft (12 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
0 ft (0 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
Loop
Dogs allowed: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The lovely state park of Shore Acres makes a perfect starting point for exploring the coastline west of Coos Bay. After visiting the spectacular botanical gardens, the short loop along the north shore between Shore Acres and Sunset Bay State Park is an outstanding way to experience this park.

Starting either along the fence just north of the observation deck or at the northwest corner of the large parking lot, the trail meanders along the bluff overlooking the rocks and beaches below. There are several fenced overlooks and benches for contemplating the action of the waves below. Sea lions are often seen hauled out here, and there are a few picturesque but distant views of the Cape Arago lighthouse and Sunset Bay.

About a mile from the parking area the trail hits a junction to either go left and continue on to Sunset Bay or go right to return via the old entrance road to the Simpson estate that flourished here in the early 20th century. This easy trail is not only the best in this park, but it may be one of the top five on the entire Oregon coast!

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