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Cape Blanco State Park

Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon

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  • Cape Blanco State Park entrance.- Cape Blanco State Park
  • Access to Cape Blanco Beach.- Cape Blanco State Park
  • The lighthouse from Cape Blanco Beach.- Cape Blanco State Park
  • Driftwood along the Cape Blanco Beach.- Cape Blanco State Park
  • The Cape Blanco State Park Campground.- Cape Blanco State Park
  • The Cape Blanco State Park Campground.- Cape Blanco State Park
  • A day use area in Cape Blanco State Park.- Cape Blanco State Park
  • A great day for hiking!- Cape Blanco State Park
  • The Oregon Coast Trail runs through Cape Blanco State Park.- Cape Blanco State Park
  • Cape Blanco lighthouse.- Cape Blanco State Park
  • Historic Hughes House.- Cape Blanco State Park
  • Fishing on the north side of Cape Blanco.- Cape Blanco State Park
  • Masses of sea birds along the Sixes River.- Cape Blanco State Park
  • Sunset over Cape Blanco.- Cape Blanco State Park
  • Milky Way from Cape Blanco. - Cape Blanco State Park
  • Cape Blanco.- Cape Blanco State Park
  • - Cape Blanco State Park
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Pros: 
Historic landmarks and tours. Nice campground. Great hiking.
Cons: 
A remote part of the Oregon coast.
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Region:
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Cape Blanco is a special place in many ways. It is the westernmost point of the state of Oregon and it has the southernmost lighthouse in the state. It is also arguably the most remote of the coastal Oregon state parks. As such, it is not heavily-visited, but it should be on more travelers' short lists! It is easy to pass by, marked only by a nondescript highway sign pointing to a typical rural road to nowhere, but those who take that turn are in for a reward.

For starters, there is an excellent campground of about 50 sites with electric and water hookups. The campground also has a horse camping area with six stalls, a group camp, a hiker/biker camp and four rustic cabins (one is pet-friendly). The Cape Blanco lighthouse and Hughes House are historically significant sites enhanced by excellent volunteer-led tours (from April through October only). Eight miles of hiking trails offer many astounding ocean vistas along with some tidal river exploration and beach access. The Shore Trail from the campground to the lighthouse and the River Trail to the mouth of the Sixes River are both particularly nice. And don't forget the huge and wild beach just a short walk from the campground. There is enough to explore in this park to occupy several days.

As a base camp for exploring the southern Oregon coast, Cape Blanco is well placed. Nearby is the quaint town of Port Orford with its resident pod of gray whales, wind-blown Port Orford Heads and Coast Guard Station museum. 

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