Perched on rugged sandstone cliffs high above the ocean, Shore Acres State Park is an exciting and unexpected combination of beautiful natural and constructed features. Once the grand estate of pioneer timber baron Louis Simpson, Shore Acres features lushly planted gardens with plants and flowers from all over the world. Something is in bloom almost every day of the year. In the landscaped area you'll discover a formal garden, an oriental-style pond and two rose gardens which include an All American Rose Selection display. From Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve, the gardens are ablaze with thousands of colored lights and holiday decorations put up by community volunteers and The Friends of Shore Acres in cooperation with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. After seeing the garden, you can stroll down a trail to a secluded ocean cove at Simpson Beach or skirt the cliff's edge to see spectacular ocean vistas which often include towering waves crashing against the shoreline after a storm and migrating grey whales. On the site of Simpson's vanished mansion, a fully enclosed observation building will allow you to view the ocean and protect you from the weather. The observation building has interpretive panels describing the history of the Simpson estate. The Friends of Shore Acres operate an information and gift center at the entrance to the formal gardens where visitors can purchase items that relate to the historical and natural features of Shore Acres. The Friends also sponsor a variety of horticultural and cultural events at the garden throughout the year. A large Monterey pine (pinus radiata) dates back to the historic Louis J. Simpson estate. A member of the national Big Tree Register, the pine is 95 feet tall with a 208-inch truck circumference and a 74-foot crown spread. It shares co-champion honors with a Monterey pine in Carmel, California, which has a smaller trunk, but a wider crown. It was probably planted around 1910.

The South Slough is one of my favorite nature walk/hike adventure.
We had beautiful weather today so we headed out there around 2pm. We took the long trail and it took us about 2 hours at an easy pace with a few rests.
Very well maintained trails and bathrooms.
Maps are available at the interpretive center by the bathrooms.

Love this trail. The trail is easy on footing. But the hills can make it a bit more moderate of a trail to me.
It seems to be more than 2.2 miles long.
Best to start at the interpreter center, this way you are going down step hill first instead of waling up the step hill when you are tired.
Beautifying views

has such a great time looking out the new decks over the marsh. Nobody on the trails. beautiful walk and so well kept. We will be back with a sack lunch next time.

Nice, easy hike. There were signs for bees, but we did not encounter any. The trail was very well maintained. There were lots of boardwalks and viewing areas. The visitor center is closed on Monday which meant the bathrooms were closed. We gave this a 4-star because there were lots of options on ways to go, but without a map, it was not clear on how to complete the loop.

I love this hike. It is beautiful but it is close to the ocean so it can be chilly at times. I start at the bottom of the hill trail head so the last mile is up hill. I would say that part is more moderate than easy...It is a very nice hike though. fyi: I am over weight and 56 years old.

one of my favorite trails

Great easy/moderate depending on the ages/fitness of the hikers. Our kids really enjoy this trail.

Beautiful hike. Well maintained trails.

Neat way to learn about the ecosystem of the area. They do tours certain times of the year to teach kids about the types of plants animals and fungus that grows. Also a nice walk.

This is a beautiful area and I never get tired of exploring it.


There are several ground hornet hives near the beginning of the Hidden Creek Trail.

The coordinates to the first hive we came across is approximately 43.294, -124.330 just be a bend in the trail. There are several other hives near those coordinates.

My wife is highly allergic to bee and hornet stings. We had to use her epi-pen and rush towards Bandon to the closest hospital. We called 911 and an ambulance met us just south of Bandon Dunes.

Really pretty walk. The platform walk through the skunk weed was suowe cool! There are a lot of trails to choose from along the way which made finding our way a little challenging. Thank goodness for the app because it helped lead us out.

took the 4 of us 2 hours ( at leisure) such a great.

a family favorite

Amazing trail.

I love this trail. There is so much beauty around every corner. The signage is really informative. I've hiked this trail a dozen or so times and it never gets old.

I would have given this 5 stars except for one thing, there was great signage but no mileage on most. It would have been nice to get an estimate on signage how far you had to travel. lucky for me I grabbed a brochure with map at the center and it mostly had mileage. I tried mapping with the app but 1st time out did not get it right. Best part is the boardwalks they built over the swamp area and all the skunk cabbage was undamaged and could be photographed. Have to go again, different times of year, I did not see it all, or walk it all. loved it.

I've hiked this trail at least 20 times with my kids . Its always an adventure .

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Well maintained. Gorgeous scenery.

Beautiful scenery

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This is a well-maintained fairly heavily trafficked trail that allows visitors to view a variety of habitat types. There are tons of mushrooms and other tiny hidden gems, some picturesque scenes of the slough, and a neat walk through a more marshy area with a raised wood trail. Its worth a visit, especially if you like to take photos, but not very strenuous.

Beautiful. Lots of cool mushrooms to discover if your very observant. If you go you must walk through the tunnel trail. Perfect trail for a small day hike.

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