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.

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.

CAUTION!!!

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.

Nice and easy trail. It has a lot of other trails that stem off of it. I would definitely recommend it though.

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.