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Harris Beach State Park
Vacation Travel Guide

Explore the rugged beauty of Oregon’s coast at this state park, which offers views of an ocean playground for whales, seals, puffins and other animals.

See some of Oregon’s most beautiful coastal scenery at Harris Beach State Park. With varied terrain ranging from sandy beaches to rocky islands to lush forests, this park pleases visitors year-round.

The state park was named in honor of George Harris, a Scottish pioneer who settled here in the late 19th century to raise livestock. The area may no longer be home to sheep and cattle, but you can find a huge variety of birds and other wild animals.

Each season brings different creatures with it. Gray whales swim by on their winter and spring migrations, while you can usually find harbor seals and California sea lions frolicking offshore. In the winter, dramatic storms create darkly beautiful sights. Summer, on the other hand, is the perfect season to bring your kite and enjoy sunny weather.

Walk along sandy beaches and explore tidal pools filled with tiny shells, crabs and other sea life. Low tide leaves swarms of California mussels, black turban snails and starfish on shore.

Bird Island is one of Oregon’s largest coastal islands. Also called Goat Island, this National Wildlife Refuge is a frequent breeding ground for birds. Try to spot a petrel or tufted puffin on its shores.

Regardless of the time of year that you visit, you’ll find plenty of camping options at Harris Beach. Drive in your RV or pitch a tent. For a unique experience, rent one of the onsite yurts. The campground area offers picnic and grilling areas, along with a restroom and shower.

Harris Beach State Park is conveniently located off Highway 101, the famous American roadway that travels the length of the West Coast. In less than ten minutes you can drive to downtown Brookings, the southernmost city on the coast of Oregon. The California state border is just 7.6 miles (12.2 kilometers) away.

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Beachfront Inn
Beachfront Inn
2.5 out of 5
16008 Boat Basin Road, Brookings, OR
The price is $119 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Nestled on the beach, this Brookings hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sporthaven Beach and Pelican Bay Lighthouse. Port of Brookings Harbor and Azalea Park ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (979 reviews)

"I was directly on the beachfront with an ocean view from the patio and dining table. I could only hear the waves of the ocean. It was so serene, especially at night hearing the waves crashing as if they were right at my feet. A walk to the beach was 60 seconds away. No loud noises or neighbors nearby, ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2021

Beachfront Inn
Blue Coast Inn and Suites
Blue Coast Inn and Suites
2 out of 5
1216 Chetco Ave, Brookings, OR
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $60 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27

Located in the heart of Brookings, this motel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Harris Beach State Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Azalea Park and Pelican Bay Lighthouse. ...

3.5/5Good! (221 reviews)

"Pet friendly, affordable, clean and accommodating"…"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

Blue Coast Inn and Suites
Family & Pet Friendly Harris Beach Getaway! Beach Access & Huge Gated Property!
Family & Pet Friendly Harris Beach Getaway! Beach Access & Huge Gated Property!
Brookings, OR
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This family-friendly Brookings vacation home is located by the ocean, within 2 mi (3 km) of Harris Beach State Park, Harris Beach, and Twin Rocks. Lone Ranch ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (25 reviews)
Just Like Home

"This property left nothing to be desired. Especially for a dog owner, it was ideal. The yard is big, beautiful and fenced. We didn't even get time to play pingpong because every day was beautiful. Highly recommended!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2021

Family & Pet Friendly Harris Beach Getaway! Beach Access & Huge Gated Property!
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Beachfront Inn
Beachfront Inn
2.5 out of 5
16008 Boat Basin Road, Brookings, OR
The price is $119 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Beachfront Inn
Blue Coast Inn and Suites
Blue Coast Inn and Suites
2 out of 5
1216 Chetco Ave, Brookings, OR
The price is $60 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Blue Coast Inn and Suites
Family & Pet Friendly Harris Beach Getaway! Beach Access & Huge Gated Property!
Family & Pet Friendly Harris Beach Getaway! Beach Access & Huge Gated Property!
Brookings, OR
Family & Pet Friendly Harris Beach Getaway! Beach Access & Huge Gated Property!
Welcome to the Harris Beach House, Located ON the Beach With Private Access!
Welcome to the Harris Beach House, Located ON the Beach With Private Access!
Brookings, OR
Welcome to the Harris Beach House, Located ON the Beach With Private Access!
Brookings Home w/ Yard, Half Mile to Harris Beach!
Brookings Home w/ Yard, Half Mile to Harris Beach!
Brookings, OR
Brookings Home w/ Yard, Half Mile to Harris Beach!
Westward Inn
Westward Inn
2 out of 5
1026 Chetco Avenue, Brookings, OR
The price is $65 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Westward Inn
Coastal Cliffs by the Sea - 2 Suites
Coastal Cliffs by the Sea - 2 Suites
2.5 out of 5
1339 Crissey Cir, Brookings, OR
Coastal Cliffs by the Sea - 2 Suites
Oceanfront Retreat at Wild Blue Two
Oceanfront Retreat at Wild Blue Two
Brookings, OR
Oceanfront Retreat at Wild Blue Two
AmeriCoast Inn
AmeriCoast Inn
2.5 out of 5
1215 Chetco Avenue, Brookings, OR
The price is $55 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
AmeriCoast Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.