South Oregon Coast

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The Southern Oregon Coast is as picturesque as the Northern Coast, but with smaller towns and more nature walks and trails throughout.  Again we are impressed by the magnitude of State Parks along the way, and Oregon’s celebration of their coastline.

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The Southern Coast has more lighthouses, and more spurious rocks in the ocean jutting out, ocean spraying from their jagged edges, vs. Northern coast’s individually named singular rocks like Rockaway, and Haystack.  This coast is more rugged, with windy roads and frequent pull outs.

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Several lighthouses are part of State Parks including campgrounds and walking trails to allow one to spend time to appreciate and enjoy the super scenic area, complete with beach, rock formations, and lighthouse trails.

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North Oregon Coast


We’ve been up and down both East and West coasts.  I’d be hard pressed to say which is more beautiful… so I won’t, because I can’t.  They are both stunning.  I love the rock formations jutting out from the ocean, trees overhanging the black sand, and sunsets on the beach.  It’s all pretty awesome.

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Along the way there are quaint charming little towns, and different rock formations with individual names.  There’s Haystack rock in Cannon Beach and Rockaway Beach, and a dozen others up and down the coast filled with State Parks and walking trails to fully enjoy it’s beauty.


Oregon does a great job sharing their beaches with the community and it’s visitors through lots of maps, brochures, hiking / biking trails, camping, and wildlife viewing areas.  They invite visitors to share in it’s grandeur.