Port Orford Heads State Park, Port Orford

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Port Orford Heads State Park is a coastal state park in northwest Curry County, Oregon, United States, in the city of Port Orford. Established in 1976, it is administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
Located on a bluff above the city, the park has three main walking trails: the Cove, Tower and Headland trails. From each of these vantage points (at the right time of year) one can see commercial fishing boats, orcas, gray whales, California and Steller's sea lions, and various seabirds. The Headland Trail offers an unrestricted view of Cape Blanco to the north and is a popular whale watching spot during the fall. The park is open for day use only.
From 1934 to 1970, one of the earliest US Coast Guard lifeboat stations on the Oregon Coast operated at what later became the park.
The Port Orford Lifeboat Station is a museum and interpretive center that was opened in 2000 by the Point Orford Heritage Society. Built in 1934, the building is on the National Register of Historic Places (as the Port Orford Coast Guard Station) and was used by the U.S. Coast Guard until 1970. The museum includes the station's refurbished, unsinkable 36ft motor life boat, and information about the Japanese bombing of the south Oregon coast during World War II.
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  • Beautiful views. We searched and found small Agates on the beach. Lots of driftwood also. The beach has lots of small rocks. Great place. Free admission  more »
  • Not much parking, but amazing views of Humbug Mountain, Cape Blanco, etc. Nice paths and great museum on site.  more »
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  • Great easy hike even on a foggy day. The trail was beautiful and the views were gorgeous. If you want to visit the Lifeboat Station Museum it is open any day but Tuesday!
  • Unbelievably well-maintained gravel and concrete trails leading all over the place to some really pretty vistas. My wife and I saw four whales about 150 yards off the beach!

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