Thunder Rock Cove

Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon

Start Exploring
Thunder Rock Cove


  • The beginning of the short trail to Thunder Rock Cove.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • The trail has several small switchbacks.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • Thunder Rock Cove in the late afternoon.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • Natural arch in Thunder Rock Cove.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • A beach only accessible during very low tides.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • Seaweed sways in turquoise waters under beams of light.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • Great views of the Oregon Coast from the point of the cove.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • Closer view of the coastline to the south.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • The entire trail is well forested.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • Large ferns growing along the trail.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • Secret Beach is nestled below the cliffs.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • A trail also leads to Secret Beach from this trail.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • Kayakers paddle through the archway into the cove.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • Paddlers enjoying the spectacular Thunder Rock Cove.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • Kayakers paddle north of the point toward Secret Beach.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • Spectacular views along this scenic bluff.- Thunder Rock Cove
Overview + Weather
Thundering cove. Great views.
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, OR
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
0.80 mi (1.29 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
220.00 ft (67.06 m)
Current Local Weather:
Published in collaboration with
Hike Description

Hike Description


The trail to Thunder Rock Cove in Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor is a short 0.8 miles with little elevation change, making it a great stroll along the Oregon coastal cliffs. From the trail there are great views to the north and south as well as down to Secret Beach, which is accessed via a spur from the trail to Thunder Rock Cove. But the main attraction is Thunder Rock Cove, a small cove sheltered by sheer cliffs complete with a natural arch and a very noisy sea cave.

When a large wave enters the cove, it wraps around into a sea cave set into the cliff. Large amounts of water and surrounding air are forced into the back of the cave, creating a lot of pressure. When the wave hits the back and when forces on the air and water cannot push any further, the wave and air are expelled backwards and create a thundering sound that reverberates through the rock on occasion. On a calm day this sound is still audible with the occasional wave, but it is much more pronounced during large swells and storms.

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide

Field Guide

Published in collaboration with
Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Camping + Lodging

(6 within a 30 mile radius)

Nearby Adventures

(37 within a 30 mile radius)

Published in collaboration with
Related Content

Related Content

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
74 Members
Who's Done It
15 Members
Submission by
105 Adventures Explored
91 Adventures Published

Published in collaboration with The People's Coast

A profound concept originally envisioned by governor Oswald West, in 1967 the Oregon legislature ultimately realized his vision of making the entire Oregon Coast forever open to the public in a piece of landmark legislation titled the Oregon Beach Bill, officially making all 363 miles public land. "The People's Coast" is truly a one-of-a-kind coastline, a unique blend of mountains and rocky stacks, towering old growth forests, marine sanctuaries, tide pools and kelp forests, charming towns, historic fishing communities, world-class golfing, breweries, and simply jaw-dropping scenic beaches. We encourage you to plan your next trip at or by calling (541) 574-2679.

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info