Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, Brookings

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Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor is a linear state park in southwestern Oregon, in the United States. It is 12mi long and thickly forested along steep and rugged coastline with a few small sand beaches. It is named in honor of Samuel H. Boardman, the first Oregon Parks superintendent.
It is located from 3to north of Brookings, between the Pacific Ocean and U.S. Route 101. The north end abuts the Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint. More than 14 named creeks cross the corridor.
The Oregon Coast Trail meanders for about 27mi through the park, among 300-year-old Sitka spruce trees and several natural arches and bridges. There is beach access and some sand dunes. The Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge and Oregon Islands Wilderness protect wildlife and habitat on all of the approximately 130 rocks and islands along the corridor's shore.
The area was used by Native Americans. Later, it was used by several (now abandoned) mining operations, whose ruins are still visible.
At the Indian Sands site within the park, archaeological finds have provided evidence of human activity in this area 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, which is likely the result of migration along the Pacific coast from the area of the Bering Land Bridge.
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  • This has been on my bucket list and was even more beautiful than I imagined. I love that the area is dog friendly too. The corridor feels quiet and isolated but you have Brookings and Gold Beach...  more »
  • We stopped at nearly every scenic park along the coast. This is a great string of parks with a variety of hikes and view points. Sebastian point is the longest hike and well worth it especially when.....  more »
  • Beautiful corridor of scenic drop offs along the 101. There are picnic areas, beaches, and vista points, all of which are covered in hiking trails. The hiking trails are a bit steep, but doable for the intermediate hiker. The natural bridges are very beautiful. I would look up tide times and try to make it to those around high tide to get more of the emerald water. Definitely worth taking the trip to see.
  • This is such a beautiful part of Oregon. We were visiting family and went to quite a few beaches along the corridor with our two young children. They are all so great! Some had harder paths to get down, others were more accessible or easy to get to the beach from. There were also blackberries everywhere! We didn't really pick any because we weren't sure if it was allowed, but we did taste a few and they were delicious! We will definitely be visiting again in the future.

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