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Carl G. Washburne State Park offers beach access and opportunities for camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, wildlife and marine mammal viewing, bird watching, viewing scenery, viewing interpretive displays, interpretive tours, and viewing historic sites.

There are several trails of varying difficulty leading from the campsites to the beach, wildlife viewing areas and second-growth forests. A walking trail leads you under the highway to a five mile sandy beach and a day-use area, where you’ll find space to watch whales, hunt agates, beachcombing and picnic. Another trail connects you to the newly completed Heceta Head trail, which you can use to reach the historic Heceta Head lighthouse. At night, you can hear the pounding surf. There is a creek running through the campground and elk have been known to wander through. Wild rhododendrons bloom in spring.

Vital stats: All campsites are first-come, first-served. All yurts are reservable by phone. 58 full hookup, 2 tent (maximum site 45 feet); 2 yurts; 6 walk-in tent. (541)997-3641 or (800) 551-6949.

: The area receives a high amount of precipitation. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April in the form of rain at the low elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent. Late spring, summer and early autumn tend to bring clear, sunny days with moderate temperatures.

Location: Carl G. Washburne State Park is located off US 101, 14 miles north of Florence in the central coast region of Oregon.

Contact Info: Oregon Parks & Recreation Department1115 Commercial Street NESalemOR97301-1002541-997-3641

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    written by Grant McOmie on December 11th, 2009

    In winter, except for surf and wind the coast slows down few distractions, fewer folks around and many people like it that way. At the rocky headland called “Heceta,” named for 18th century Spanish explorer Bruno Heceta, the…

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