If you’re looking for a new and relatively unknown place to explore on your road trip to the Southern Oregon Coast that Instagramers haven’t yet made it a cliché, you’ll want to visit Sisters Rock State Park. Huh? I know. I never heard of it either until last month.
This isn’t the famous Smith Rock State Park in Central Oregon. Sisters Rock State Park is a small, undeveloped park on the coast that Oregon acquired the land and made a state park in 2005. Kudos to the State of Oregon. This place is simply mesmerizing.
One of many benefits of reading blogs for me is being inspired to explore new things to do and places to go. Our visit to Sisters Rock State Park this week was attributable to a post I read about a month ago. Since we’re close to the Southern Oregon Coast area, it was a good opportunity to visit the place.
It wasn’t easy to spot the road spur for the north parking area. We drove to the park from Brookings, south of the area, on Hwy 101. Despite having a satellite map with GPS on my phone as we were approaching the north parking area, we still missed the turnout and had to turn around. But we found it from the other direction.
The road of the parking area briefly ended with a closed metal gate. We found a place to park. The place didn’t look like a functioning state park. I walked out to read the only available sign to confirm that it’s OK for us to be there. All were clear, so we started hiking down an old road beyond the gate.
Already the view in front of us was amazing. Three huge rocks–two being connected to the land and one out in the ocean–were surrounded by the Oregon’s rugged coastline. The sound of crashing waves was powerful. Black lava rocks and green mossy ground covers were everywhere. Thin layers of fog in the area made it look like a dream. It was like I were in Iceland (and I haven’t been there, yet). I was immediately in awe. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
There was a large cavern on the side of one of the monoliths. We walked up to its opening. It was the opening of a sea cave with waves from the ocean inside. To see them in action, I shot a short video so that you get both sight and sound.
Afterward, we walked down to Frankport Beach on the south side of the peninsula. The remains of the old settlement of Frankport from around 1850s were seen scattered on the rocky beach. When we visited, I haven’t read about what these artifacts are. So we speculated that they came from a wrecked pier or something similar.
Sisters Rock State Park is not a big place. We spent about 1.5 hours exploring. At this time, there were no service facilities (no toilet, no shelter, no drinking water) in the park. It’s completely undeveloped, and that, in my opinion, is Sisters Rock’s charm.
There weren’t a ton of information about Sisters Rock on the internet. If you’re interested in more information, you can read this blog and an old article in Eugene’s Register-Guard. For more photos on a less foggy day, see this page.
What are your favorite places on the Oregon Coast?