Cape Blanco State Park, Oregon – 2015

Cape Blanco is the most southern Oregon lighthouses and is the most western point in OR. It was the 1st lighthouse in the state outfitted with a first-order Fresnel lens in 1870.


Cape Blanco State Park - State Park Campground, near Port Orford, OR: Site #A41 -> moved to LH1 (53 RV sites total) - This site has: electric & water hookups Campground/RV Park Notes: flush toilets • showers • no dump station available • ocean access • trails from campground • trails nearby • 262’ elevation. Nov 3 - 12th. Miles driven – 52. Overall Experience: smile

Local Flavor – Area Businesses We Enjoyed & Recommend
Port Orford Community Co-op Nice selection of organic vegetables & a small deli with fresh sandwiches, soups, & salads.


Cape Blanco State Park is a stunning coastal state park located at the westernmost tip of Oregon, just a few miles west of the town of Port Orford. The park is known for its 19th-century lighthouse, historic Irish settler's home, and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

Cape Blanco Lighthouse
The centerpiece of the park is the Cape Blanco Lighthouse, which was built in 1870 and is the westernmost lighthouse in Oregon. Visitors can tour the lighthouse and learn about its history and the role it played in guiding ships along the treacherous Oregon coast.

Hughes House
Adjacent to the lighthouse is the Hughes House, an early 20th-century home that was once owned by an Irish settler family. The house has been preserved and is open for tours, offering a glimpse into the lives of the early European settlers in the region.

The park's campground is a popular destination for RV and tent campers. With 52 sites that offer electricity and water hookups, the campground provides a comfortable and scenic place to stay while exploring the area. Reviewers consistently praise the campground's spacious, private sites and the cleanliness of the bathrooms and showers.

Hiking Trails
In addition to the campground, the park offers several hiking trails that provide access to the rugged coastline and stunning ocean vistas. The Blanco Trail, for example, leads hikers along the cliffs and down to a secluded beach.

Port Orford
Just a few miles east of Cape Blanco State Park is the town of Port Orford, a charming coastal community with a rich history and a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. Port Orford is known for its fishing industry, with a working port that is home to a fleet of commercial fishing boats. Visitors can watch the boats come and go or even charter a fishing trip to try their hand at catching some of the local seafood.

The town also offers several hiking trails, including the Blacklock Point Trail, which leads to a scenic overlook with panoramic views of the coastline. For those interested in history, the Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum provides a glimpse into the town's maritime past, with exhibits on the Coast Guard's role in rescuing shipwrecked sailors.

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