Between Gold Beach and Brookings, US-101’s windy, hilly roadbed is studded with the cliff-side ocean vistas, giant conifers, and boomerang-shaped offshore rock formations of Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor.

The park covers 12 of the “Fabulous 50” miles between the two towns, and all of the features come together at Natural Bridges Cove. Located just north of the Thomas Creek Bridge (the highest bridge in Oregon), this turnout is easy to miss despite being well signed because, from the highway, it appears to be simply a parking lot fronting some trees. From the south end of the parking lot, however, a short trail through an old-growth forest leads to a viewpoint several hundred feet above three natural rock archways standing out from an azure cove.

Map of Pacific Coast through Oregon.
Pacific Coast through Oregon