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Explore Natural Bridges at Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

Brookings, Oregon

based on 4 reviews



6 miles

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Added by Dan Loch

Explore some of Oregon's most rugged, untouched, and beautiful coastline. Amazing Sunsets, spectacular vistas, unworldly arches. Uncover secluded & secret beaches and beautiful sculpted sandstone. Spot seals, sea lions, and migrating whales.

The Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor is 12 miles of rugged, steep coastline with many hidden & secluded beaches and coves, and the Natural Bridges section is one of the most iconic (and most photographed) along the entire Corridor.

There are several hikes above and around the natural bridges, including one across the top of a natural bridge. Difficulty varies from beginner to advanced depending on your desired hike, though all begin from the well-marked Natural Bridges turnoff that is 11 miles north of Brookings.

A word of caution: some of the unmarked spur trails are very steep and narrow with poor footholds and may end abruptly. A slip would be costly. Many secluded coves and beaches are visible from the trails and vistas, though getting to them safely can be an adventure in itself. Not only are the trails steep but you must time it correctly according to the tide. At high tide, many of these beaches are inaccessible (in or out) and I would not recommend trying to swim to them due to powerful surf and currents. Please check current Tide tables and plan accordingly. The pay off is huge; beautiful and virtually untouched, beaches tucked away beneath steep cliffs.

For the full experience, I recommend hiking the entire Oregon Coast Trail through the Scenic Corridor and allow time to take a few of the other trials to Secret Beach, Seal Cove Overlook, etc. Portions of the trail are heavily wooded and meander through 300 yr-old spruce trees while other portions hug the cliffs through seaside prairies. Be sure to allow some time to sit or relax in a hammock to soak it all in.

Part of the allure of this rugged and beautiful area, is its unknown and pristine landscape. Please take care to leave no trace.

Toilets are available at nearby Arch Rock, Whaleshead and Lone Ranch Beach. Some beaches and trails are dog and family friendly though the steep trails may be hazardous for children and pets.

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Explore Natural Bridges at Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor Reviews

Amazing what water can do over time! The observation platform was great, but we had to hike down to the bridges. Wear good shoes, as it’s pretty steep (as others have said). Go to the left of the observation platform & take your first right down a dark, overgrown trail. You’ll go under 2 fallen trees in the first 15 ft, to know you’re on the right path. The trail to the right was closed when I was there (last week) reportedly due to some rock slide issues.

Parking lot is just off the hwy, more like a turnout parking area, not very big. To the left from the parking there will be a viewpoint and a trail the continues along. To the right will be another trail that has a steep downhill, and when I went there was a rope tied so you can hold onto it to get down and up the steep section. The dirt is slick when it’s dry!

It doesn't get much better than this for coastline exploring. Endless natural bridges, rock pillars and campgrounds make it a haven for adventuring. You can hike the entire coastline or pull off at different locations to explore as you drive up the coast. Some of these trails can be steep and dangerous, as it is clear where photographers have blazed their own trails looking for the perfect shot. Use caution, it is easy to find yourself on precarious slopes with loose footing. Natural bridges viewpoint was my favorite and provided the best views in my experience. Enjoy!

My mom and I road tripped up the Oregon coast and decided to make a detour from Medford to add this stop. It was well worth the detour. The scenery of jagged rocks was so unique. I loved it!

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