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Harris Beach State Park, Brookings

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Harris Beach State Park is an Oregon State Park located on US Highway 101, north of Brookings. The day-use area offers a restroom and picnic area with tables, and the campground has RV sites, yurts and tent sites available year-round.
Harris Beach State Park is home to Bird Island (also known as Goat Island), which is reported to be the largest island off the Oregon Coast and is a National Wildlife Refuge. The island is also a breeding site for rare birds such as the tufted puffin.
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  • A beautiful spot to just relax and take in the scenery. I enjoy stopping there whenever I go to the coast., 
    A beautiful spot to just relax and take in the scenery. I enjoy stopping there whenever I go to the coast.,  more »
  • Beautiful beach. Super easy to access. I almost skipped this one along my PNW roadtrip, thinking it was just a nice beach but more interesting things to see. So glad we stopped! It was of course a... 
    Beautiful beach. Super easy to access. I almost skipped this one along my PNW roadtrip, thinking it was just a nice beach but more interesting things to see. So glad we stopped! It was of course a...  more »
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  • Nice well maintained park. The staff were pleasant, the guests were pleasant, the maps they provide were helpful to show us all the trails that are around there. The beach is beautiful with nice big waves. Everyone seems to know it's a good one. There are rarely spots available at this park. We did a random impromptu visit because we happened to notice they had a spot available! I would definitely recommend a visit. It is good to note that it is also a day use park not just a campground. So if they don't have sites available you can still use the day use area.
  • This is my favorite OR coast campground. I love all the basalt rocks on the shore here. There are 4 beaches, separated by rocky outcroppings. At low tide you can walk around the rocks separating the northernmost beach and it’s neighbor. The beaches are all different; my favorite is the small Rocky Beach which is the 3rd one counting from north to south. This beach has some sand and a lot of short basalt rocks with sea stars and sea anemones and several enormous basalt rocks just beyond the shore in the water.m On Beach 2 you can walk around a huge rock at low tide if you don’t mind wading just a bit. On the back side you are between two enormous rocks. There are many sea stars, limpets, barnacles, and sea anemones clinging to the base of those rocks. Beach 1 is very small unless you wade across the creek which isn’t more than several inches deep, but of course the water is cold. From the campground there is a trail through the woods to the access for beaches 1 and 2. They also have parking there. Another trail from the campground takes you to beach 3, the Rocky one. And down the entrance road a bit is a trail to beach 4, the southern most one. That beach is very wide and extends well beyond the park. Beaches 1-3 are only accessible from the park. We visit in February, usually, and none of the beaches are crowded, but there are always more than one family there.

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