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Pets allowed
Allowed
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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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. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Historic landmarks and tours. Nice campground. Great hiking.

Cons

A remote part of the Oregon coast.

Features

Bicycling
Fishing
Horseback riding
Campgrounds + Campsites
Flushing toilets
Historically significant
Lighthouse
Mountain biking
Picnic tables
Potable water
Showers
Off-leash dog area
Wildlife
Whale watching
Bird watching

Site type

Cabins
Full hookups

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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