Things to Do in Port Orford, Oregon

Whether you’re looking for epic coastal hikes, golfing by the ocean, surfing on a remote beach, or sand boarding a dune, you can find it all at the Oregon Coast.

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Whether you’re looking for epic coastal hikes, golfing by the ocean, surfing on a remote beach, or sand boarding a dune, you can find it all at the Oregon Coast.

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Port Orford Chamber of Commerce

Located at one end of Battle Rock Park, the Visitor Center welcomes people who stop by, stretch their legs, and want to learn more about Port Orford.

520 Jefferson
Port Orford, OR

541-332-8055

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Hawthorne Gallery

You’ll find paintings, sculptures, jewelry in wood, metal, glass and ceramics at Hawthorne Gallery. The gallery features iron work, bronze/granite, Raku, cast glass, wood figures and members of the Hawthorne family, painting and steel, blown and cast glass, jewelry, ceramic...

267 W. Sixth St.
Port Orford, OR

541-366-2266
Email us (chris[at]chrishawthorne[dot]com)

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Cape Blanco to Port Orford Fat Bike Ride

Here’s another reason to visit Oregon’s South Coast: the chance to pedal on the shoreline, between massive rock promontories, along one of the most scenic stretches of the entire West Coast. Spinning through the sand, bracketed by the bulks of...

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Coastal Swag

Located on Highway 101 in Port Orford, Coastal Swag has plenty of unique and useful things.

1717 Oregon Street
Port Orford, OR

541-366-2282

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Sea Wolf Books & Community Writing Center

Sea Wolf Books is a small, vibrant, independent bookstore located in beautiful Port Orford on the southern Oregon coast. It is the westernmost bookstore in the contiguous United States. The shop sells new and used books, offers local writing workshops,...

324 6th Street
Port Orford, OR

503-444-9653
Email us (info[at]seawolfbooks[dot]com)

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Good Feather Gallery

Located in the heart of Port Orford, Good Feather Gallery features the fine art of Nina Marie Ventra, from mosaic, wood and stone sculptures to photography and paintings. There are also driftwood mobiles, handmade greeting cards and jewelry for sale. 

246 Sixth Street
Port Orford, OR

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The Science of Sand

Next to majestic sea stacks and awe-inspiring surf, sand might not be the most obvious marvel of the Oregon Coast. Without those humble little granules, though, there would be no sandcastles, no writing your name on the beach and no sinking your toes into warm softness on a dune hike. Here’s a crash course on how sand comes and goes, who lives in this special habitat, and how we can help protect it.
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Ship Watching in Astoria

Most visitors to Astoria arrive from the east or south. It’s the most northwestern city in Oregon, after all, situated on the south bank of the Columbia River where it meets the roiling Pacific Ocean. But a few special visitors to Astoria actually arrive from the west, and some of them haven’t seen land in nearly two weeks.
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5 Winter Forest Walks on the Oregon Coast

There is something invigorating about a walk through a coastal Oregon forest at the start of the new year — swollen creeks and thundering falls; deep, mossy greens; towering, swaying trees. Underfoot could be banana slugs, newts and mushrooms; above, the occasional bald eagle or osprey sailing by. One can’t help but be energized and refreshed, ready to embark on another year with a new commitment to getting out amidst all the splendor this corner of the world has to offer.
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Snuggle Up With a Great Book on the Coast

Short days and crisp weather create the perfect environment for cozying up with a good book, and the Oregon Coast is a great place to do it. We asked Charlie J. Stephens — owner of Port Orford’s Sea Wolf Books & Community Writing Center — for their recommendations of what and where to read on the Coast this winter. Here are some favorites to check out on your next coastal vacation.
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Tide Pooling With an Expert at Cape Perpetua

Discover the wild and wonderful world of Oregon’s intertidal zones. Full of mystery, the intertidal zone on the Oregon Coast is brimming with colorful marine life. During low tide, a captivating cosmos is revealed — guides can help you explore...
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Hike and Chill on the Oregon Coast Trail

Pair your next epic adventure with a scoop of locally crafted ice cream. Ocean vistas appear just around the bend along the rugged Oregon Coast Trail, which spans the mouth of the Columbia River in the north and the state...
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