I'd had a magical day working my way down the southwestern stretch of the Oregon coast, stopping along the way for hikes on the state park trails to stretch my legs. With two hours left of daylight I arrived at Cape Blanco to check out the historical lighthouse and try to get close to the stunning headlands I'd seen in photographs. In the upper parking lot closest to the lighthouse, you can make out slightly worn paths that take you down to the beach (only possible and suggested when the tide is out), and it took me about forty minutes to get down to the sand to be surrounded by red and green rocks and soothed by the sound of those crashing waves. I wandered for over an hour, trying to soak it all up, before finding a quicker route to get me back up to the parking lot to witness the sunset.
About five miles north of Port Orford, this state park is not to be missed on any Oregon coastal road trip.