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Shore Acres State Park to Simpson Overlook

Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon

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Shore Acres State Park to Simpson Overlook

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  • The trail starts just west of the entrance to the gardens.- Shore Acres State Park to Simpson Overlook
  • Simpson Beach.- Shore Acres State Park to Simpson Overlook
  • Beautiful old-growth trees along the trail.- Shore Acres State Park to Simpson Overlook
  • Looking south toward Simpson Reef.- Shore Acres State Park to Simpson Overlook
  • The barking of sea lions can be heard in the distance.- Shore Acres State Park to Simpson Overlook
  • View from the trail.- Shore Acres State Park to Simpson Overlook
  • The view to the north.- Shore Acres State Park to Simpson Overlook
  • Simpson Beach and the trail overlook above.- Shore Acres State Park to Simpson Overlook
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy, level hike. Great ocean views. Sea lions.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
State Park Fee ($5.00)
Total Distance: 
2.60 mi (4.18 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
80 ft (24 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
80 ft (24 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking, Biking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

Pro Contributor

Shore Acres is a wonderful state park on the Oregon coast and it is especially popular for its botanical garden, modeled after the original English-style gardens of the Simpson estate established on the site in the early 1900s. A great day hike to do from this area is the southern leg of the Sunset Bay to Cape Arago Trail.

Leaving from the southwest corner of the parking area, the trail first climbs down to Simpson Beach, which is great to explore, then climbs back up to the top of the bluff. The trail meanders from the edge of the bluff to slightly inland and provides great views of Simpson Reef to the south where the sound of barking sea lions can be heard. The views of Simpson Reef get closer as the trail winds on until reaching the parking area and overlook. From this point it is another half-mile to the Cape Arago point, but much of the trail is adjacent to the highway.

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