Never heard of Sisters Rock State Park in Oregon? Neither did we

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.

A closed gate at the end of the road

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.

A reassuring sign that this area is being managed by Oregon State Park System (i.e. hikers are welcome).

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.

It could’ve been cold and windy, but it surprisingly wasn’t.

Looking south from an overlook. I love the rugged Oregon Coast.

Not any other people in sight when we were there. We had the place to ourselves.

What a cool terrain. The “big” sister is in front of David. You can clearly see an opening of a sea cave on the left of the monolith.

Wild strawberries were blooming.

View to the north

David was looking down into the sea cave.

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.

Lupines at Frankport Beach

Frankport Beach from an overlook

Back to the parking

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?

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  1. This is such a fantastic find–thank you for sharing this beautiful park! I’d never heard of Sisters Rock before and am surprised (but happy) that more people haven’t flocked here yet–it’s just gorgeous. I’m totally with you; love that rugged OR coast, especially the striking contrast between the gray and green. I hope it stays wild and undeveloped the way it is…make people use the restroom somewhere else down the road. 😀 I shared your video with the kids, and we all loved it! It really made us feel like we were there, and it was awesome to see the inside of that sea cave. Love learning about new off-the-radar places like this–thank you!

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    1. Thanks. The southern coast of Oregon is quite isolated from highly-populated cities in either Oregon or California. So it’s less crowded compared to places on the central and northern coasts. Until the State Park develops and promotes it, it will probably stay wild as it is.

      Thanks also for sharing the video. I thought the video might show off the cave better than pictures.

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    1. It does. It’s one of many places on the coast that we would drive by and admired from a distance, but never knew that there was a path to go down to the ocean.

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