Sometimes an adventurist needs a break from thrill-seeking and seeks a lower-pulsed form of entertainment. The drive from Gold Beach to Brookings on U.S. 101 on the south coast offers just that. In addition to the views seen from the highway, the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor allows for stopping points. There’s six or seven pull-offs and at each, you’ll see a piece of what makes the Oregon coastline special—the spectacular Arch Rock rising from the ocean, hundred-foot drop-offs, Natural Bridges, and even Oregon’s tallest bridge, the Thomas Creek Bridge. But if merely enjoying the view is not enough, you can hike a 27-mile trail that weaves through the spruce forest along the coast. The corridor is located about halfway between the towns of Brookings and Gold Beach.
Vince Tweddell, contributing adventurist.