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Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor Features Stunning Oregon Coastline

Sea stars and other marine creatures become visible at low tide at Lone Ranch Beach, Oregon.
Sea stars and other marine creatures become visible at low tide at Lone Ranch Beach, Oregon.
Rose Muenker

Stretching 12 miles northward from the city of Brookings, the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor showcases arguably the most spectacular section of the Oregon Coast. Sea stacks, secluded coves, expansive beaches, ancient Sitka spruce forests, and offshore rocks sculpted into natural arches count among the eye-popping sights.

The corridor parallels U.S. Highway 101, making viewpoints readily accessible to those traveling by bicycle or passenger vehicle. Paved paths lead to several outstanding views, such as Arch Rock and Spruce Island.

Landmarks that require hiking on steep, natural trails reward hikers with breathtaking sights. These include the sea-scoured cove at Indian Sands, intimate Secret Beach, and grand views of the rugged coastline from Cape Ferrelo Viewpoint. In late fall and early spring, the cape is a prime location for whale watching.

At Lone Ranch Beach, low tide reveals colorful underwater marine life clinging to the sides of rocks. Bright green sea anemones, orange and burgundy starfish (sea stars), and colonies of mussels are in full view. Ribbons of kelp and seaweed drape around them.

Visitors can easily enjoy hours on the flat sands of Lone Ranch Beach exploring tidal pools, beachcombing and wading in the chilly water. The beach also has a picnic area and restroom facilities. A few miles north, Whaleshead Beach also features an extensive sandy beach with picnic areas.

Access to the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor and use of its facilities are free. The corridor is open year-round.

How to Get to Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor from Denver, Colo.

The Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor is located on the southern end of the Oregon Coast, starting just north of Brookings, Oregon. To get there from Denver, take Interstate 25 north to Cheyenne, Wyo., Interstate 80 west to Sacramento, Calif., Interstate 5 north to Grants Pass, Ore., U.S. Hwy. 199 west to Crescent City, Calif., and U.S. Hwy 101 north to Brookings, Ore. The corridor starts 2 miles north of Brookings.

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