HARRIS BEACH STATE PARK
Harris Beach was named after the Scottish pioneer George Harris who settled here in the late 1880s to raise sheep and cattle. The park boasts the largest island off the Oregon coast. Bird Island (also called Goat Island) is a National Wildlife Sanctuary and breeding site for such rare birds as the tufted puffin. The park offers sandy beaches interspersed with eroded sea stacks.
The park's beauty changes with the seasons. Many people are drawn to watch the powerful and dramatic winter storms; others seek the green and fragrant spring (download a brochure about common area plants). Summer brings warm days and sunlit beaches while the fall brings clear cool days and often the best sunsets of the year. Wildlife viewing opportunities are abundant (download a brochure about common area animals), with gray whales on their winter and spring migrations, Harbor seals, California sea lions, sea birds and the rich marine gardens make the park a fascinating stop.
Located in the southern part of Oregon, near Brookings, this natural haven was named after George Scott Harris. He was a Scottish pioneer who settled on these lands in the late 19th century and developed them into dairy farms.
The area became recognized for its stunning beauty featuring sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and diverse wildlife including rare bird species such as Tufted Puffins. The park also boasts one of Oregon's largest island - Bird Island (also known as Goat Island), which is a National Wildlife Sanctuary.
In an effort to preserve its unique ecosystem and make it accessible for public enjoyment, the state acquired land from several owners between 1926-1957 with funds provided by State Park Bonds. It officially opened up to visitors around mid-twentieth century offering camping facilities along with day-use areas that included picnic spots overlooking panoramic ocean views.
Over time additional amenities were added like RV hookups sites during early seventies followed by yurts introduced towards end nineties providing comfortable lodging options within nature's lap.
Full Hookup Sitesyes
1. RV Camping: Harris Beach State Park offers full-hookup sites for those with recreational vehicles.
2. Tent Camping: There are numerous tent camping spots available within the park, some of which offer beautiful views of the ocean and surrounding nature.
3. Yurts: For a unique experience, you can rent one of six yurts in the campground year-round; two pet-friendly (one accessible).
4. Group Camps: The park also has group camp facilities that include picnic tables and fire pits - perfect for larger gatherings or family reunions.
5. Hiker/Biker Campsites: These campsites are specifically designed to accommodate hikers or bikers who may be traveling through on foot or by bicycle.
6. ADA Accessible Sites: Several sites at this state park have been adapted so they're fully accessible to people with disabilities.
7. Picnic Areas & Day-Use Area: If you're not planning an overnight stay but still want to enjoy all that Harris Beach State Park has to offer, there's plenty space where visitors can set up picnics during daytime hours.