On our way from Newport to Cape Blanco we passed through Bandon, a cute little coastal town which is the center of cranberry production for the area. Most of the cranberries had been harvested already but we managed to see one field where they were working away. The Bullards Beach State Park is located in Bandon and is a lovely state park but on we went to Cape Blanco.
Cape Blanco State Park is about 30 minutes south of Bandon in Sixes, Oregon and has the oldest standing lighthouse on the Oregon Coast (built in 1870). It has a lovely campground atop a hill in the trees with nice large sites with great site privacy.
Campground: Cape Blanco State Park
Location: Sixes, Oregon
Site: A22 (back-in) – one of their longest sites advertised as 80′
Services: E/W (50 AMP)
Comments: One of our favorite campgrounds and beaches. We like to spend our anniversary here and this was our 3rd time for a celebration!! We love the campground, the sites, and the beaches. The campground is in the trees and it can be dark and solar panels won’t get any sun but they have electric at the sites!
The state park has about 8 miles of trails around the coastal woods along with trails down to the beaches and more trails along the Sixes River. It provided us with days and days of hiking.
We love walking the beach and spending hours looking at shells and/or driftwood. We didn’t get to see any tidepools this time. The beach has changed so much since we were last here with erosion. Nature changes things over time.
We hiked a bit one day through the coastal woods and got drenched in a down pour. We put our rain jackets on over our backpacks and walked around with a hunchback. Luckily no one witnessed this, we think??? The forest was full of mushrooms of all different shapes and colors.
Cape Blanco Lighthouse is located on the most western tip of Oregon and sits some 1 1/2 miles out into the Pacific Ocean. This means the winds can hit up to 100mph. There have been times we were visiting the lighthouse and I could not even stand up to take photos of the lighthouse. This visit it was still windy but I was able to remain upright!
Goodbye Cape Blanco. We enjoyed our stay and hope we will be back for another anniversary celebration.