|Aerial view of Shore Acres State Park. (Oregon State Parks)|
Shore Acres State Park is a jewel in the crown of the Oregon State Park system. Each year more than a quarter-million visitors drive 13 miles southwest of Coos Bay to visit the former palatial estate of timber baron Louis J. Simpson.
The 745-acre park features five acres of formal gardens (pictured above) including a rose-testing plot, and Japanese Lily Pond (pictured below ... click on images to enlarge).
|RVer Jimmy Smith at Lily Pond, Shore Acres Garden. (Julianne G. Crane)|
"During autumn, winter and spring, visitors gather on the tall sandstone cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean for storm watching and observation of the gray whale migration,” say park officials. Shore Acres is also an amazing place for kids because it includes a small beach on a secluded cove where they can watch elephant seals haul out to molt.
|RVers Sharon & Ron Vail. (Julianne G. Crane)|
Annual Holiday Lights
If you are traveling anywhere along the Oregon Coast between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, plan to spend an evening wandering through the gaily lit grounds. (Check out a post on RV Wheel Life about camping at nearby Sunset Bay State Park.)
|Sharon Vail shops at the Visitor Center. (Julianne G. Crane)|
|Showy perennials (Julianne G. Crane)|
Address: Shore Acres State Park, 89039 Cape Arago Hwy., Coos Bay, Oregon. 13 miles southwest of Coos Bay/North Bend and U.S. Highway 101.
Phone: (541) 888-3732
Park hours: Daily from 8 a.m. to dusk. (Check posted times at park entrance for exact closing times.)
Cost: Day use fee per vehicle: $5.
Ample parking for recreation vehicles, however, if you have a large rig, suggest using your tow car because much of the Cape Arago Highway from Coos Bay to the park is a narrow two-lane road.
|(Julianne G. Crane)|
June 3 -- State Park Day - Free Parking
June 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Rose Sunday - Father’s Day
August 19 -- Bonsai Day
Sept. 23 -- Dahlia Day
Thanksgiving-New Year’s Day, 4-9:30 p.m. -- Annual Holiday Lights
-- Julianne G. Crane
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Photos: (Top) Shore Acres State Park. (Oregon State Parks). Other photos: (Julianne G. Crane)