The Port Orford Heads State park provides a nice loop trail of a mile or so with a couple of options for branching off. The trails are very well maintained and receive regular but moderate use. Most of the trail is dirt but there are portions that are paved. The park is day use only and is only open April through October.
The Port Oford Head State Park is a historical site. This used to be the location of the Coast Guard Rescue boat, tower and crew housing. The housing still stands and now serves as a museum which is open Wednesday-Monday 10AM to 3:30PM. The 36ft motor life boat that was used at this location still on site.
The trails leave from the housing complex and yard. There is a sign on the south-west that says Cove Trail and one in the north-west that leads to the heads and tower. In reality, these two trails meet and create a nice loop. A branch off of the tower trail leads out to a view point at the tip of the north-west head.
The trails stay high up on the heads and weave in and out of thick forest areas. Each opening offers a unique view ranging from the old launch site at Nellie Cove to Redfish Rocks to the Cape Blanco Lighthouse.
While hiking this area keep your eyes and ears open. There is a resident population of Black Tail Deer that you might encounter as well as several varieties of birds and other wildlife. Flowers may also be present depending on time of year.
There is one other trail at this location though it is not an “approved trail” and the park service has tried to keep it rather hidden. This is the trail down to Nellie Cove. The trail is actually a set of stairs that the old coast guard crew used to access the rescue boat when they needed to go to sea. By my count, there are 356 steps remaining and my best guess is that somewhere around 100 of the steps are missing making for a very steep slippery area. This is not an easy trek and I don’t recommend it as there is little to be seen once you have made your way down. To find the start of this trail, one must slip behind a tree that is straight out from the museum (follow the paved walkway that seems to go straight into a tree and then go around).
From Bandon, head south on highway 101 to the town of Port Orford. Turn right on 9th street and then left on Port Orford highway (a very inappropriately named road. This is not a highway but a narrow road leading out to the heads).