Port Orford bay is one of the most spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean in the US.
The terrain is fairly level, so walking on the beach is easy on the hard-packed sand - the color of a mocha latte. The seastacks are spectacular, whale and bird watching are very satisfying, and it's not unusual to walk along the surf and be the only one enjoying this fantastic beach.
Or climb Battle Rock, the great rock where great battles between soldiers and Native Americans in 1851 signaled the start of the oldest town in Oregon.
Wade the tidepools, where you can gather mussels and clams in season. Spot birds, or sea creatures such as starfish, limpets, dogwinkles, Oregon Tritons, hermit crabs, and sea urchins.
Wind, board, and body surfing are said to be the best on the Oregon coast. The bay offers sets of head-high face waves for surfers with wetsuits about any time of year, and kayaks and canoes are popular in calm weather.
The Orford Reefs host the 2nd largest Stellar sea lion rookery, the kelp beds are among the largest on the Pacific Coast and twice a year, trained volunteers teach whale watching as thousands of gray whales, some as large as 45 feet, feed near shore during summer and fall migration. Orcas, or killer whales, have also been spotted near Port Orford.
But when walking any beach here, watch out for the sneaker waves that can come seemingly from nowhere to pull you into the ocean. Be safe and keep an eye on the waves as you walk.