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Just six miles north of the California border, Brookings is a quiet waterfront town overlooking majestic ocean vistas. River and sea offer fishing, sightseeing and natural recreation areas for wildlife viewing and sightseeing. The Port Of Brookings Harbor is home to commercial and sport fishermen, pleasure boaters, many small shops and, of course, fresh seafood. Harris Beach State Recreation Area just north of Brookings offers camping, wildlife viewing and tide pool discovery. The rugged, accessible, picturesque shoreline is dotted with offshore rocks. Nearby Bird Island is the largest island off the Oregon coast and is a national wildlife sanctuary and breeding site for tufted puffins and other seabirds. The Chetco River that flows between Brookings and unincorporated Harbor is known for great Chinook, Cutthroat and Steelhead fishing. A mild year-round climate in the area leads to Brookings' nickname "Banana Belt of the Pacific Northwest." Thanks to this climate, every lily bulb produced in North America comes from the 12-mile area between Brookings and Smith River, California.

Top Sights & Recreation:

  • Harris Beach State Park

    Harris Beach State Park

    Wide sandy beaches, rocky outcroppings and the Oregon Coast's larges island just offshore make this a great place for bird and marine life watching or exploring tide pools. The Park features a large campground and day use area for beach access and picnicking. more info

  • Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

    Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

    This 12-mile stretch of coast offers scenic viewpoints, access to beaches and tide pool areas and hiking trails including one of the most beautiful stretches of the Oregon Coast Trail. Top stops include Arch Rock Viewpoint, Natural Bridges Cove Viewpoint, Whaleshead Beach State Park, House Rock Viewpoint, Cape Ferrelo Viewpoint, Lone Ranch State Park and Rainbow Rock Viewpoint. more info

  • Azalea Park

    The Azaleas native to the 33-acre park have been there at least since the days of discovery by Lewis and Clark. Overgrown and neglected, they were taken on by the community who brought the gardens back to life for the community and visitors to enjoy.

  • Alfred A. Loeb State Park

    The Chetco River runs through the Park's myrtlewood forest, its trees hundreds of years old. Several campsites and rental cabins are available as well as access points for swimming, rafting, fishing and walking the self-guided, Riverview nature trail.

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