Explore Samuel H. Boardman State Park

Oregon Natural Bridges Pull-Off

  • Activities:

    Camping, Photography, Swimming, Hiking

  • Skill Level:


  • Season:

    Year Round

Swimming Hole

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, Whales. Arch Rock, Natural Bridge, Indian Sands, Whaleshead Beach.

Enjoy 12 miles of rugged, steep coastline with many hidden & secluded beaches and coves. Difficulty varies from beginner to advanced depending on your desired hike. You can view some amazing coastline and forested sea stacks easily from accessible vistas just a few steps from your car at various pull-offs along Hwy 101. However, if you are up for a bit more adventure, I highly recommend venturing down one of the many trails (some are named/marked, others unmarked) to gain access to some unbelievable vistas with in-your face views of arches, sea stacks and powerful waves. A word of caution: many of these 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 coastline trail through the park and allow time to take a few of the coastline spur trails. 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.

An easy place to get started is by parking at the Natural Bridges Pull-Off and then either heading north to Arch Rock or south towards Cape Ferrelo. Here's a detailed map of the park.

There are no fees associated with Samuel H Boardman State Park. You can park at various pulloffs (Whaleshead, Natural Bridge, Arch Rock, Thunder Cove, Cape Ferrelo, House Rock, Thunder Rock Cove, etc). Toilets are available at 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.

Pack List

-current Tide table

-hiking shoes


-water shoes

-bathing suit/board shorts

-wetsuit (depending on season)

-tent or tarp if camping

-sleeping bag and sleeping pad if camping

-camp stove, fuel, food etc if camping

-camelback and water supply

-camera and tripod


-appropriate clothing (depending on season may be very rainy and is usually quite windy)

-fishing pole

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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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