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Agency:Oregon State Parks
Location:On the north edge of Brookings on U.S. 101
Difficulty:Easier
Distance:1 miles (round trip) - Trail Map
Total Ascent:442 feet
High Point:243 feet
Low Point:-9 feet
Updated:Mar 2006
Season:Year round

Harris Beach State Park offers a marvelously varied terrain. One can enjoy the traditional pursuits of picnicing, strolling the beach and running from the waves, or take the more adventurous route to the top of a large rock pinnacle for a birdseye view. The route to the top, though somewhat exposed in places and certainly one which requires precise footing, is not overly difficult and has a terrific view. A short walk further south leads to a relatively deserted beach, the perfect place for a romantic interlude. Just follow the short Rock Beach Path around a corner and over a small, rock-jumbled headland.

A romantic interlude
A romantic interlude

A favorite spot for viewing sea life including sea stars and anemones, is just north of the day use area. A short path leads from the parking lot to Harris Creek, which can be crossed either by fording, or log hopping. Head up the beach about a quarter mile to the rocks. Here at low tide there are plenty of black turban snails, California mussels, common sea stars, and green anemone to be seen. Occasionally an octopus washes up to be quickly pecked apart by gulls.

These ubiquitous and aggressive gulls, by the way, make it virtually impossible to picnic here in peace. Some seem to enjoy feeding the birds and squirrels, but when it comes time for people to eat, the rest area on the opposite side of Highway 101 from the park entrance is a much better and quieter place to do. There, in addition to a little peace and quiet, you will find water, restrooms, and sturdy picnic tables.

Day Use Area

RestroomsFlush toilets
Picnic AreaTables, ocean views
FacilitiesDrinking fountain
 

Campground (Updated 7 Mar 2005)

May 1st -Sept. 30thOct. 1st - Apr. 30th
RV Sites$21 night$17 night
Yurts (reservations recommended)$29 night$29 night
Tent$17 night$13 night
Showers (non-camper)$2
DirectionsSouth of Highway 101 at Harris Beach SP, then first right.
FacilitiesAccessible, modern restrooms with showers; telephones
Phone ReservationsOregon State Parks, (800) 452-5687, M-F, 8-5
Online ReservationsReserve America

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