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Shore Acres State Park, Coos Bay

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Admire the wide array of gardens and flora on the grounds of a former pioneer estate at Shore Acres State Park, nestled along the forested edge of the Pacific Ocean. Visit the park and wander its 2 hectares (5 acres) of landscaped gardens, replete with both local and exotic plants and crisscrossed by numerous footpaths. Make your way to the Japanese-inspired lily pond area and pause for a peaceful moment of reflection. Head for the nearby sandstone cliffs to take in a sweeping view over the sea, complete with waves crashing powerfully against the rock below. Keep your eyes open and you may even spot the spout of a migratory gray whale. Arrange to visit Shore Acres State Park and other attractions in Coos Bay using our Coos Bay online travel planner.
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  • Make your way to this park for a surprising contrast between a formal estate garden and the wild coastline with pounding surf below the bluffs. This is the site of the Simpson lumber family's summer.....  more
    Make your way to this park for a surprising contrast between a formal estate garden and the wild coastline with pounding surf below the bluffs. This is the site of the Simpson lumber family's summer.....  more »
  • The waves are so strong at high tide that they leave you breathless! It's that amazing feeling you have after watching fireworks, as each one is bigger and better! Pets can't get out, so plan... 
    The waves are so strong at high tide that they leave you breathless! It's that amazing feeling you have after watching fireworks, as each one is bigger and better! Pets can't get out, so plan...  more »
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  • A very nice state park. I was there on a calm wave day but the views were still tremendous. The sandstone and unique geology of the this area is on full display here. Some good came out of the 1929 economic crash which forced the sale of this property to the state as this place is too special for a private residence. Numerous hiking trails leave the park from the north and south connecting with the Oregon Coast Trail. All of my hikes revealed great vistas. Once you tire of the view from above, there is a trail to Simpson beach from the back of the gardens. It is a sandy pocket beach on the south edge of the park which offers some more great views.
  • Shore Acres has so much beauty to see! From the botanical gardens that boast beautiful roses, rhododendron bushes blooming to the sky, tulips, and all kinds of greenery (you can even have a wedding there!), to Simpson beach were you can find seashells smaller than a fingernail! Even on a cloudy day when the water is murky, it is still quite beautiful. There are many trails along the coastline to hike as well. It is $5 to park inside ($1s or $5s only, no change given) but well worth it to catch glimpse of chipmunks, deer, and even bunnies!

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