Port Orford epitomizes small town America. The authentic coastal town allows visitors to enjoy splendid beauty without the crowds. The pace of the people in Port Orford will encourage you to relax, slow down and take a look around.
The beaches are never crowded increasing your chances to find a perfect piece of driftwood, a smooth agate or sea glass that’s been smoothed by waves, water and sand. The coastline is dotted with giant sea stacks, and are home to colonies of shorebirds.
Port Orford has active commercial and sport fishing fleets: dungeness crab, black cod, ling cod, rock fish, salmon and sea urchin are only a few of the seasonal catches.
Sightseeing in Port Orford is as authentic and intriguing as the town itself.
The Old City Jail has become a famous photo stop for visitors and artists alike. The little jail was condemned in 1965. But, the jail has taken on a character of its own, sporting quirky facial characteristics.
While visiting Port Orford you can’t help but notice Humbug Mountain 6 miles south.
Humbug Mountain rises directly from the ocean to a height of 1756 feet. Many trails on the mountain (including two trails to the summit) meander through old-growth forest of Douglas-fir, spruce, grand fir, Oregon myrtle, alder and Western red cedar. Camping and beach access make Humbug Mountain State Park an ideal outdoor recreational area.
Visit the Port Orford fishing port and view one of six existing “dolly docks” in the world. The dolly dock hoists sea vessels out of the shallow harbor and stores the boats on easy-to-haul-away trailers.
Port Orford is the hidden gem of the Oregon Coast.