What to do and see in Port Orford, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 30, 2017 Marissa Gamble

Port Orford (Tolowa: tr’ee-ghi~’- ’an’ ) is a city in Curry County on the southern coast of Oregon, United States. The population was 1,133 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Port Orford

1. Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Cape Blanco Road, 9 Miles NW of Port Orford, Port Orford, OR +1 541-756-0100
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4.5 based on 218 reviews

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Reviewed By Ernie S - Orange County, California

Sprinkled along the Oregon coastline are some of the most scenic lighthouses in the world. But Cape Blanco Lighthouse stands out not just because it is on the very Western edge of the continent, but also because you can climb right up to the top and see the scenic view first hand.
It's free for kids and only $2 for adults to get a hand's on view of this historic place, listen to stories from volunteer docents, and then climb to the top and enjoy the panoramic coastline view.
Because it sits on a towering point you can expect stiff breezes and in the morning the fog comes and goes. For half of our 90 minute visit we were shrouded in fog, but then the wind would shift and suddenly we had stunning views up and down the coast. We visited several lighthouses along the West Coast, and this one had some of the most wonderful views.

2. Cape Blanco State Park

Cape Blanco Road, Port Orford, OR +1 541-332-2973
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4.5 based on 120 reviews

Cape Blanco State Park

Reviewed By Steve S

Our second time here, still beautiful and worth the trip. The tour to the top is very informative. Don't miss the very nice Hughes House, a free tour.

3. Port Orford Heads State Park

Coast Guard Road, Port Orford, OR 97465 +1 800-551-6949
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4.5 based on 68 reviews

Port Orford Heads State Park

Reviewed By bd W - WY

Still, after all this time ... our favorite trail. First Westward toward Klooqueh Rock (the triangle rock) to sit on the bench & watch for whales and check for the sealions. Then to backtrack, taking the Right fork to Nellie's Point, overlook to both West & East; stay R from Nellie's Point to wrap around to the Deep Water Coast Guard, and back up to the museum and 'self-righting' lifeboat on display ... amazing!

4. Battle Rock Park

Highway 101, Port Orford, OR +1 541-332-4106
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4.5 based on 81 reviews

Battle Rock Park

Reviewed By flyaway2508 - Seattle, Washington

We spent an evening here and the beach is beautiful. Sun set views are amazing. Convenient to just stop by and spend sometime since the beach is right across the road from the freeway.

5. Humbug Mountain State Park

Us 101, Port Orford, OR
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4.5 based on 87 reviews

Humbug Mountain State Park

Reviewed By javan49

Great park for camping, hiking, beach walking, whale watching, we thoroughly enjoyed this park. It is a great space for kids and families. Strenuous or easy hikes available, but little cell phone coverage except on the beach. The highway is near the camping area but there is no night traffic so it is quiet then. Just a great, inexpensive place to camp and relax.

6. Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum

92331 Coastguard Hill Rd, Port Orford, OR 97465-8655 +1 541-332-0521
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum

Reviewed By GLADSENIOR - Grants Pass, Oregon

The sailors posted to this station back in the day had nice views, good quarters and it was probably considered "good duty" - until bad weather hit and they were required to try to rescue boats that ran aground or hit underwater rocks off the coast. Then life was tough and scary, no doubt. You can see where and how they lived in the days before helicopter rescues.

7. Hughes Historic House

91816 Cape Blanco Road, Port Orford, OR 97465 +1 541-332-0248
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4.5 based on 79 reviews

Hughes Historic House

Reviewed By Bill C - Jacksonville, Florida

The tour guide volunteer was very knowledgeable and he was genuinely interested in the history of the house and of the family's history.

The house had running water and hot water, plus indoor bathroom. It was nearly state of the art probably back then.

Even the kitchen had a history with the wood burning stove had a story on how it was transported from San Francisco and moved up into the house.

Each room had a story and the volunteers did an excellent job showing us around.

8. South Coast Gourmet Specialty Foods

832 Oregon St, Port Orford, OR 97465-8738 +1 541-253-8499
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5 based on 15 reviews

South Coast Gourmet Specialty Foods

We are a specialty foods supplier. We seek to provide you with the delicious food items that are hard to find in our beautiful, coastal location. We have a wide selection of specialty meats, domestic and imported cheeses, breads, sauces, vinegars, olives, pastas, and many more delicious items for your cooking and dining enjoyment. Freshly baked goods and breads and housemade soups are available daily. Enjoy in the shop or take out great supplies for a perfect picnic.

Reviewed By HermistonNana - Hermiston

There are no fast food chains in Port Orford and only a handful of restaurants, so finding South Coast Gourmet was a great surprise. "Gourmet" almost scared me off because I'm not an adventurous eater, but the food is both delicious and healthy...well, mabe the...MoreSo happy you found us! And, yes, we have all you need for a delicious picnic. Thank you for stopping in and also for letting others know about SoCoGo.

517 Jefferson St., Port Orford, OR 97465 +1 541-366-2266
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Hawthorne Gallery

The Hawthorne Gallery represents the artwork of the multi-talented Hawthorne family as well as the work of selected outstanding artists across the country. After expanding North in July of 2010, the Hawthorne Gallery now has locations in Big Sur, California and Port Orford, Oregon. Both Galleries overlook the majestic Pacific Ocean and are open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Reviewed By Kimberley42 - Portland, Oregon

I love visiting the Hawthorne Gallery. The owners are very kind and have really increased the class level of this small town. Long-time residents, these talented artists offer their own beautiful glass sculptures and paintings and curate a fabulous collection of additional art pieces worthy of fine investment. Do not expect low prices - this place caters to a wealthy clientele. It is definitely worth a stop though and just might fit your budget.

Be sure to stop in next door and check out their Redfish Restaurant too. So beautiful, overlooking Battle Rock Beach.

10. Quilter's Corner

335 7th St, Port Orford, OR 97465-8600 +1 541-332-0502
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5 based on 5 reviews

Quilter's Corner

Reviewed By JALFAN - Sumner, Washington

My wife and I stop at quilt shops when we travel. Quilter's Corner is a friendly well stocked store. Its always fun to find new fabrics and ideas. My wife found a new bag pattern she had not seen before and some interesting fabric. A good stop if you enjoy quilting and sewing.

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