by Nikki Cleveland
The Brookings-Harbor area on the Southern Oregon Coast is close to some amazing natural wonders. These scenic places are just a short drive from Brookings with miles of hiking trails, secluded beaches, and spectacular views.
1. Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
The Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor runs for 12 miles along the coast just north of Brookings. The park surrounds a rugged stretch of the coastline with massive off-shore sea stacks, forested bluffs, and secluded beaches.
There are several hiking trails in this area of varying difficulty including some that are just a short walk from the parking area. For an easy walk to a scenic overlook, take the short trail to the Natural Bridges Viewpoint. A slightly longer walk leads to a viewpoint overlooking Arch Rock. Longer hikes include Indian Beach, Cape Ferrelo, and Whaleshead Beach.
Below is a short video we captured of the beautiful (and easy to reach) viewpoint overlooking Arch Rock:
2. Harris Beach State Park
Harris Beach State Park is also just minutes north of Brookings. The main highlight of this park is the beautiful beach with rock formations, but it also features a picnic area and hiking trails. If you want to extend your stay, the park has a campground about a quarter mile from the beach with tent sites, RV sites, and yurts.
3. Redwood National And State Parks
The famous redwoods of Northern California are within a day’s drive of Brookings. Make a trip to explore the many state parks that make up this iconic area. There are several miles of hiking trails that lead through the ancient, taller-than-life trees, as well as routes that follow along the coastline.
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