CAPE SEBASTIAN STATE SCENIC CORRIDOR
Cape Sebastian ... the very name invokes images of early Spanish explorers and long journeys. The cape was named in honor of Saint Sebastian in 1603 by the Spanish navigator Sebastian Vizcaino. The most striking features of this park are its two parking vistas. The parking lots are over 200 feet above sea level. At the south parking vista, you can see up to 43 miles to the north with Humbug Mountain filling the view. Looking south, you can see nearly 50 miles toward Crescent City, California and Point Saint George Lighthouse.
A deep forest of Sitka spruce covers most of the park and a 1.5 mile walking trail takes you out to the cape. If you're lucky, the trail will give you a chance to enjoy awe-inspiring views of the gray whales on their migration.
Located on the southern Oregon coast, Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor is a breathtaking natural area that has captivated visitors for centuries. The history of this stunning coastal landscape dates back to ancient times when indigenous tribes inhabited the region.
For thousands of years, Native American communities thrived along these shores, relying on the abundant resources provided by both land and sea. They fished in nearby rivers and hunted game in the dense forests surrounding Cape Sebastian. These native peoples held deep spiritual connections with their surroundings and recognized its significance as a place where nature's beauty met raw power.
In 1543, European explorers led by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed past what would later become known as Cape Sebastian during their quest to map new territories for Spain. However, it wasn't until much later that Europeans began settling permanently in this part of Oregon.
During the mid-19th century gold rush era, settlers arrived seeking fortune further inland but were undoubtedly struck by the majestic coastline they encountered at Cape Sebastian. As more people ventured westward along newly established trails like Highway 101 (which now runs through parts of today's scenic corridor), word spread about this awe-inspiring stretch of shoreline nestled between towering cliffs and pristine beaches.
Recognizing its unique allure and ecological importance amidst increasing development pressures along Oregon's coastlines throughout early-mid 20th century; conservationists rallied together to protect areas such as Cape Sebastian from potential destruction or overexploitation due to logging or urbanization projects.