In my personal opinion, Harris Beach is one of the most scenic in Oregon. It has sea stacks, cliffs, a creek, and flowers all adding an element of beauty to the scene. While we were camped there, we were lucky enough to be treated to a spectacular sunset.
The beach parking lot was crazy with people trying to get a picture. One woman we talked to was a photographer for the local paper. She said in her four years of being in the area, she had never seen a sunset like this one.
Our photos won’t do it justice, but I want to share some of what we saw as the sky went from blue/gray to pink to a fiery orange-yellow. The water took on the glow of the sky as the colors changed. I didn’t think I wanted to take pictures so I left my camera in the motorhome!! BIG mistake – let that be a lesson to you!! Most of the photos are Russ’s but every once in a while I would grab his camera for a shot I wanted to try.
The glow of the setting sun reflected on the rocks, giving them an amber glow.
All too soon the last glow was dying away and it was time to head on back to camp.
We were traveling without reservations so we only had a spot for one night at Harris Beach campground. The campground itself is located on a bluff above the beach and the day use area. There is a path down to the beach. Some of the sites have an ocean view – and the sites along the edge also have cable TV! That’s not something you see in a state campground very often. We paid $26 for FHU, and the cable sites with water and electric are a dollar more. I was so busy looking at the sunset that I neglected to take a picture of the campground but you can see it at the Oregon State Parks webpage. Also, The Sue and Mo of The MOHO and Other Traveling Tales, go here quite often and have blogged about it before. Go to their blog and do a search on Harris Beach for more pictures of the campground.
This campground is right on Hwy 101 less than a mile north of Brookings, OR. It is easy in and out, but be warned, you will probably need reservations almost any time of the year if you want to be assured a spot to park. We were very surprised at the number of people wanting to get into the park. We thought it would slow down after Labor Day but apparently, it doesn’t slow down at all until the weather turns nasty.
I highly recommend this campground, for it’s ease of access and its stunning physical beauty.