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Charleston

Taste of Oregon RV Trip : Newport ~ Seal Rock ~ Florence ~ Winchester Bay ~ Coos Bay ~ Charleston ~ Bandon ~ Port Orford ~ Gold Beach ~ Brookings ~ Crescent City, CA ~ Grants Pass ~ Crater Lake ~ Bend ~ Silver Falls SP

Charleston is a tiny town west of North Bend and Coos Bay. There isn't much to see in the town itself but west of town are a few things that make it well worth the trip out here (via the Cape Arago Highway).

Sunset Bay State Park - Beautiful beaches surrounded by sea cliffs, hiking trails to Shore Acres and Cape Arago State Parks, campground (online reservations), swimming, boat ramp and lots more. We didn't stop here, but it would have been a nice place to stay overnight.

Cape Arago Lighthouse - You can't get to the lighthouse itself, but you can see it from an overlook about a quarter mile south of the Sunset Bay Campground. See pictures below.

Shore Acres State Park - A definite must see! Gorgeous formal gardens, breathtaking scenic views, hiking trails connecting to the other two state parks. See pictures below.

Cape Arago State Park - The one road to this park (Cape Arago Highway) was closed at Shore Acres State Park in September 2014, so we couldn't visit it, but it sounds like a nice place. It has hiking trails connecting to the other two state parks, beach access, wildlife viewing and more.

Keep in mind that getting to any of the parks described above is an out and back trip from Charleston. The Cape Arago Highway ends at Cape Arago State Park, so you have to go back to Charleston before you can head south on Seven Devils Road and hook back up with Highway 101 South.

PICTURES FROM THE TRIP

Cape Arago Lighthouse
Cape Arago Lightouse from the overlook

Cape Arago Lighthouse
Zoomed in on the Cape Arago Lightouse

Shore Acres State Park
Shore Acres State Park - you can see how the whole cliff face is at an angle from being
pushed up.

Shore Acres State Park
These bumps are formed from stuff living on the rocks

Shore Acres State Park
This picture shows the uplift along the area

Shore Acres State Park

Shore Acres State Park

Shore Acres State Park

Shore Acres State Park

Shore Acres State Park
Shore Acres State Park
This park was once a winter home for a wealthy person. They still maintain the lovely gardens.

Shore Acres State Park
The gardens are incredible - a must see!

Shore Acres State Park

Shore Acres State Park

Shore Acres State Park

Cape Arago Lighthouse

Shore Acres State Park

Shore Acres State Park

Shore Acres State Park

Shore Acres State Park
We had a nice walk in the park

Shore Acres State Park
This tennis court would have been right on the ocean. The shot below is right behind us.

Shore Acres State Park
Looking out from the old tennis courts

Cape Arago Lighthouse

Shore Acres State Park

Shore Acres State Park

Shore Acres State Park

Shore Acres State Park

Shore Acres State Park

Shore Acres State Park

 

 


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