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Activity Options At the Wildwood Himitage: Do nothing, relax, sun, hot tub, barbecue, meditate, converse, hangout, horse shoes, basketball, volley ball, badminton, bouncy croquet, yard games, etc.

What is there to do when your tired of doing nothing. Whether you are young or young at heart, you will never run out of places to explore and things to do while in Brookings-Harbor, Oregon, on the world famous Oregon Coast. You will renew your spirits and reward your senses with the spectacular views and rugged beauty of the Brookings-Harbor coast.

Brookings-Harbor is a coastal community of approximately 14,000 people tucked away on the southern coast of Oregon. Brookings-Harbor is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and coastline in the world, as well as some of the Best Ocean and river fishing. It's a great place to Whale Watch, picnic on the river or beaches, hike along the coastal and forest trails, or perhaps walk among the northernmost stand of Giant Redwoods in the Continental United States.

Brookings-Harbor has an abundance of lodging options, including a wide range of motels, unique bed & breakfast inns, vacation rentals and both private and public RV Parks and Campgrounds. The community provides for your every shopping need and there is wide selection of places to dine, from the elegance of gourmet cuisine to fine family dining and a variety of informal dining.

Being on Oregon's SouthernMOST Coast, the weather in Brookings-Harbor is moderate year-round. The area enjoys a unique weather pattern that has earned it the reference as Oregon's "Banana Belt." The average annual range of temperature is within 15 degrees, from approximately 55 degrees Fahrenheit to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. In the summer, the mornings present a cool fog clearing into pleasant, sunny afternoon, and rain is rare, with the temperatures ranging from mid-sixties to mid-eighties. During the winter you can expect pleasant sunny days in January and February with temperatures in the mid-sixties to low-seventies. Snow and freezing temperatures are extremely rare, and although Brookings-Harbor has an average rainfall of between 80 to 100 inches, you can expect pleasant, sunny days in between storms. In fact, the Brookings-Harbor area enjoys among the highest number of dry, sunny days in Oregon.

Here are some ideas that the Coast has to offer. Click on the Lenny icon to see what's behind it. Ocean dip/surf/wind surf/boggie board/etc., sand dunes, hike, bird watch, flowers, shop, river raft on "America's Wild Rivers Coast."  

Parks & Recreation

Redwood National and State Parks - Hiking Trails

Azalea Park [TOUR] - From the south, turn right at the first street(Constitution Ave) past the Chetco River overpass on Hwy 101; Turn left on North Bank Chetco River rd; Azalea Park is on the right a few hundred feet up the road. A fabulous city park, Azalea is near all 3 public schools and is a great place for kids of all ages. There is a playground, bathrooms, picnic tables, and a covered stage in a natural ampitheatre, and softball diamonds.

Botanical Garden - On Hwy 101 just NW of the Chetco River overpass at Constitution Way. Maintained by volunteers and the Brookings/Harbor Garden Club.

Clifford Kamph Memorial Park - 1 mile south of California/Oregon state line on the ocean. Free day use and picnic areas. Tent camping is $5 a night. Restrooms. No showers.

Harris Beach State Park - 1655 Hwy. 101, Brookings, OR 97415; (541)469-2021. On U.S. 101 just north of Brookings. Campground open year round. Dump station for RV's. Wheelchair accesable sites. Campsites: 4 yurts; 66 tent sites; 52 electrical sites; and 34 trailer spaces with full utility hookups. The campsite also features a Hiker/biker camp. Hot Showers are available to all campers. Public phones and firewood are available. Even cable TV hookup are at selected sites. Call Reservations Northwest for reservations: 1-800-452-5687.

Loeb (Alfred A.) State Park 8 miles NE of Brookings on North Bank Chetco River rd. (541)469-2021 The park is adjacent to the Chetco River and offers easy access and drift boat launching via a gravel bar. There is free day use parking and a picnic area. Loeb has 53 electrical sites nestled in an old-growth myrtlewood forest. Less than a mile farther up the road is the USFS's "Redwood Nature Trail", which connects with Loeb's own "Riverview" trail. Call Reservations Northwest for reservations: 1-800-452-5687.
 

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Oregon Coast Trail - The Oregon Coast Trail will eventually traverse the entire coast from California to Washington. Over 300 miles are now in use. many on the beach. Completed or nearly completed sections in Curry County start at Cape Ferrelo and go to a point just north of Humbug State Park.

Port Of Brookings Harbor The harbor is home to commercial fishermen as well as pleasure boaters and sport fishermen via public access ramps. There are slips available also. There is a small public access fishing pier near the Coast Guard station. It is accesable from Boat Basin Road. There are many small shops in the harbor area and of course you can always find fresh seafood here.

Redwood Nature Trail - This 1 mile loop trail is 1/2 mile past Loeb State Park on North Bank Chetco River Road. From Brookings, take the North Bank Chetco River Road from hwy 101 about 8 miles to Loeb State Park, then continue on for another 1/2 mile or so on the left. This is an easy to moderate hike. There are bathrooms at the entrance.

Sporthaven Beach - This beach is situated between the ocean and the harbor and can be accessed by entering the Beachfront RV Park on Boat Basin Road. There is ample free parking and picnic and camping sites are available at the RV park. The surfing is good here and Sporthaven is a good beach for Whale Watching as whale sightings are common in season.

Surfing/Windsurfing - There is excellent bodyboarding and bodysurfing at Sporthaven Beach and Harris Beach State Park during the summer. The water may be warm enough to go in without a wetsuit...for a short while. From fall to spring, the waves are big and dangerous and the water is cold. If you know what you're doing...come on in! Sporthaven is the most popular surf spot, while Pistol River near Gold Beach offers excellent windsurfing!

Whale Watching - Sporthaven Beach, at the harbor, and Harris State Beach are both excellent places to spot whales. Late March and the entire month of April are prime time for catching the Grey Whales as they migrate northward. Some whales even spend the summer in Oregon and can be seen year 'round. December is the time to catch them as they head south for baja

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Salmon Season: May 15 - June 30 and August 1 - September 15 and July 3 & 4 for Chinook. All Salmon except Coho, 2 fish per day, no more than 6 fish in 7 consecutive days. 50% of all Chinook caught in Oregon were landed at the Port of Brookings Harbor

Curry County Fair, Gold Beach - August 27-30, 2015

American Music Festival - Summer entertainment for everyone reminiscent of park band concerts of yore in beautiful Azalea Park, Brookings, Oregon

4th of July Fireworks Display, Harbor

 

Hiking Trails

Redwood Trail: Driving Directions: From Highway 101 in Brookings go 8 miles east on North Bank Chetco River Road. The Redwood Trail is on the left about 3/4 miles past Loeb State Park.
Source: www.brookings-harbor-oregon.com/playing/RedwoodTrail.shtml?p=7

Azalea Park w/'KidTown'. Driving Directions: From the south, turn right at the first street(Constitution Ave) past the Chetco River overpass on Hwy 101; Turn left on North Bank Chetco River rd; Azalea Park is on the right a few hundred feet up the road.
Source: www.brookings-harbor-oregon.com/playing/azaleaPark.shtml?p=7

Oregon Coast Trail: From Brookings To Gold Beach... The Oregon Coast Trail In Curry County the stretch of coastline between Brookings and Gold Beach...easily the most beautiful and dramatic coastline I have ever seen! The Oregon Coast Trail will eventually traverse the entire coast from California to Washington. Over 300 miles are now in use. many on the beach. Note: Harris Beach State Park is the first area of Coastal Access north of Brookings. Because of it's popularity, it has it's own Tour Page. Lone Ranch Beach, a few miles farther north, also offers easy beach access, restrooms, and picnic tables. Completed or nearly completed sections in Curry County start at Cape Ferrelo and go to a point just north of Humbug State Park.

Cape Ferrelo To House Rock Viewpoint - 1 1/2 miles. Easy. The trail heads north from the cape parking lot through open grassy areas and then into wooded areas. Except for a short slide area that continually goes out, the hike is an easy one.

House Rock Viewpoint to Whalehead Park - 2 1/2 to 3 miles. Moderate. The trail leaves from the NW corner of the parking lot. In a short distance it comes back to hwy 101 before heading through grassy slopes to the beach. The last half of the trail is along the beach to Whalehead Park. Note: Whaleshead is one of the few accesible beaches on this stretch of coast. There are restrooms and a wide open beach that is good for exploring and beachcombing. The Whaleshead viewpoint is good for a quick view of the scenery, while the State Park, a little to the North, offers bathrooms, picnic tables, and easy acces to the beach.

Whalehead Loop - 1 mile. Easy to Moderate. The trail begins where the Whalehead Park access road joins 101. The first part is steep but it levels out once you've gained the heights. You return to 101 about 500 steps from where you started. Note: The Indian Sands Viewpoint offers a fantastic view to the north from the parking lot. The trail from the Indian Sands Viewpoint down to the ocean is also highly recommended

Indian Sands Section - 1 to 1 1/2 miles. Easy to Moderate. There is a wide spot along Hwy 101 to park at the south end of the trail. The trail goes through woods and then a panorama of sand, sculptured sandstone and breathtaking coves and arches come into view. Indian Middens may be found, but they are protected by law, so do not dig. Shortly after entering the sandy area, a trail heads up a steep hill to the Indian Sands parking area. To go further north, follow the trail along the upper end of the sand. It drops over a small saddle a

Highway 101 to Thomas Creek Bridge - 1/2 mile. Easy to Moderate. The trail leaves 101 and swings around a steep. nearly open hillside, plunges through a spruce forest, and traverses around the head of a draw and goes toward the south Thomas Creek parking area. A side trail leads to a spot below the bridge where great photo opportunities await. Note: The Thomas Creek Bridge is the highest bridge in Oregon at 345 feet.

Thomas Creek Bridge to North Islands Viewpoint - 1/2 mile. Easy. The trail leaves 101 at the northwest corner of the bridge. After a short trek through wooded areas, it opens into small grassy areas before going back to 101 at North Islands Viewpoint. The trail extends on from North Islands and rejoins 101 about 1/2 mile north. Note: The open grassy area is one of the most beautiful spots on the Coast Trail... explore and you will find surprises...Also, the trail that heads north from North Islands Viewpoint leads you to a very large secluded beach...this is a fairly rough hike back up though, and at places the trail is overgrown...about a mile each way.

Spruce Creek to Horse Prairie Creek - 1/2 mile. Easy. The trail leaves 101 about 1/4 mile north of Spruce creek. The trail winds through a wooded area before traversing the slope on a narrow trail above a secluded cove. Note: This hike seemd more like 1/4 mile...about halfway through is a wonderful view of the georgeous secluded cove mentioned above...a nice little hike.

Horse Prairie Creek to Natural Bridge - 1/2 mile. Easy to Moderate. A grassy flat is the south access to this woodsy trail that ends at Natural Bridge Viewpoint.  Note: The Natural Bridge Viewpoint is a must see! It's only a short walk to the view of the Natural Bridge. The hike from the Natural Bridge parking area down to the Natural Bridge is often steep, and at times scary if you're afraid of heights, but is well worth the effort.

Natural Bridge to Thunder Rock Cove - 1/2 mile. Moderate. The trail leaves the north end of the parking area and goes through some beautiful wooded areas. Near the beginning is a fork with the left trail dead-ending at a scenic viewpoint.The right fork follows the Oregon Coast Trail and forks again. The left fork is the scenic route to the bluff overlooking another secluded cove, while the trail straight ahead is a short route back to hwy 101.

Thunder Rock Cove to Miner Creek - 3/4 mile. Easy to Moderate. This portion is actually 3 hikes that can be delightful hikes by themselves or can be combined into a longer hike.  This section takes you above and to one of the most beautiful and isolated beaches in the area, known to some as "Secret Beach", but no longer much of a secret. Again you have two trails from which to choose. Shortly after the beginning of the trail the left fork switchbacks down to another secluded cove and along the bluff above a portion of "Secret Beach". The straight ahead trail can be used as a loop to come back from the scenic route. The second segment is the trail that goes on to Miner Creek where you enter "Secret Beach". From Miner Creek an old "cat" road provides one way back to 101, but the trail itself goes through the woods and back to 101 a little north of the third segment of this interesting section.

Miner Creek to Spruce Islands Viewpoint - 1/2 mile. Moderate to Difficult. When this was written, this segment was still under consrtruction but it can be negotiated. Shortly after starting at the south end, the trail drops down steeply to the bench above the ocean. This is the difficult part. The balance is a moderate hike back to 101 at the parking area at Spruce Islands Viewpoint. Note: The Arch Rock Viewpoint just north of the Spruce Island Viewpoint is a perfect spot to stop for a break while driving...there are picnic benches, beautiful views, (overly) friendly squirrels to entertain the kids, restrooms, and a short loop trail.

Pistol River Sand Dunes to Pistol River - 1 mile. Easy to Moderate. This is a good area for just doing some exploring. The trail leaves 101 on a road that is blocked with a pile of rubble to discourage vehicle entry. The blocked road is about 1/4 mile from the end of the southbound passing lane just south of the Pistol River. The hiking trail wanders through the stabilized sand areas and then through and into the dunes themselves. The trail disappears in the sand and until it is repaired, hikers should either back-track or cross-country to the north where they will eventually reach Pistol River.

Pistol River To Cape Sebastian - 2 miles(?). Easy. The trail follows the beach to the base of Cape Sebastian at Hunter's Cove. Several Access points allow you to leave this segment and rejoin hwy 101. Note: Pistol River State Beach offers beautiful views, a long sandy beach, good beachcombing, and excellent windsurfing. This is the first easy beach access since Whaleshead.

Cape Sebastian Trail - 1 1/2 mile. Easy to moderate. From the south parking lot of Cape Sebastian Viewpoint: The trail leads out to the bluff, offering georgeous views along the way. The majority of the trail is a drop to the water that is heavily forested and therefore well shaded and cool. Some fabulous sandstone formations await you at the water and offer an ideal place to relax and explore. The trail then leads along Hunter's Cove to Pistol River State Beach. Note: The view from The Cape Sebastian south parking lot is fabulous! There is a porta-potty along the road to the parking area.

Source: www.brookings-harbor-oregon.com/playing/OregonCoastTrail.shtml?p=7

Harris Beach State Park. Harris Beach State Park is on the northwest end of Brookings on Hwy 101. Harris Beach State Park 1655 Hwy. 101, Brookings, OR 97415; (541)469-2021. On U.S. 101 just north of Brookings. Free day use area with picnic tables. Hiking trails. Campground open year round. Dump station for RV's. Wheelchair accesable sites. Campsites: 4 yurts; 66 tent sites; 52 electrical sites; and 34 trailer spaces with full utility hookups. The campsite also features a Hiker/biker camp. Hot Showers are available to all campers. Public phones and firewood are available. Even cable TV hookup are at selected sites. Call Reservations Northwest for reservations: 1-800-452-5687.
Source: www.brookings-harbor-oregon.com/playing/HarrisBeach.shtml?p=7

Salmonn Run 18-hole Championship Golf Course. (541) 469-4888 Toll Free (877) 423-1234 Email: info@salmonrun.net or 99040 South Bank Chetco River Rd, Brookings, OR 97415 A view from the Professional Tee at Salmon Run's signature 4th hole. The shot measures 160 yards and plays approximately 145 yards; as there is a 100 foot elevation drop. This is one of the most beautiful and exciting golf holes in all of Oregon! Directions: From Highway 101 North or South in Brookings, Oregon take the South Bank Chetco River Road turnoff. Follow the South Bank Chetco River approximately 3 miles. Salmon Run is located on the right side of the road at: 99040 South Bank Chetco River Road, Brookings, Oregon 97415, Phone: 877-423-1234 / Fax: 541-469-4889 Juniors are 17 and under Age 15 and under must be accompanied be an adult. Children under 7 not allowed on the course Twilight begins at 4:00. No coolers or outside beverages allowed. Each player must have their own set of clubs, info@salmonrun.net
Source: www.salmonrun.net/home.asp?courseid=21

 

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