Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, Oregon

The Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor is a 12 mile linear park along the Oregon Coast. Just north of the California border and along Route 101, it is easily one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever been to and one of the highlights of our cross country road trip. Oh, and guess what, it’s completely free.

Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

We first found out about this park on Instagram. Some of our favorite photographers regularly share their work from this place. In a way, it was almost surreal to be there in person. Has that ever happened to you? Where maybe you’ll see or read about something and then you actually get to experience it? Sometimes it can lead to disappointment but not in this case. The Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor more than lived up to our expectations. In lots of ways it was even better in real life.

One of the incredible views along the Samuel H. Boardman corridor

The park was named after the first Oregon Parks superintendent. We are so thankful for the vision that he and other park stewards had years ago that made this land available for us to visit.

Caroline Whatley taking a photo along the OregonCoast
This spot was almost too good to be true.
Plant life along the Oregon Coast
Tiny little worlds along the coast.
Rugged coastline along the Oregon Coast
It’s just a rock and yet it’s so darn beautiful!
Erin McGrady hiking the Samuel H. Boardman trail
Hiking to find the coast

The hidden experience

What I wish you could see in our photographs is the sound of the waves, the way the trail crunches underfoot and the joy we felt at every bend in the trail. Obviously, we were far from being among the first to discover this place but we did have that feeling of adventure that only comes from seeing amazing things and encountering few others (I think we ran into one other human being that morning).

waves breaking on the beach in Oregon
It was so hard to leave this spot.
the Oregon Coast
You should have heard us yell when we saw this place!

Though the corridor itself is 12 miles long there are 27 miles of Oregon Coast Trail to hike or trail run. We highly recommend pulling over at Arch Rock and Natural Bridges as this is where many of our photographs were taken.

the glorious Oregon coast
Already itching to get back here!
the Oregon coast.
Making the most of early morning light.

Behind the scenes

We got up in the dark for this photo shoot, skipped our daily run, skipped coffee, skipped breakfast and drove south until we reached the Samuel H. Boardman Scenic State Corridor. We’d driven north through the corridor a few weeks before we took these photos. That first pass through this area was a mixture of scouting out the location and being frustrated at not getting the shots we wanted. The second time through we had a better idea of what we wanted to shoot and where to be at first light. As with most photographers, we’re itching to get back and re-shoot certain areas and try to improve our images. To learn more about the gear we shot with, head on over HERE.

Have you been here?

If so, what’d you think? If you’ll be visiting the Oregon Coast soon, we’d love to see and hear about your trip!

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Published by Erin McGrady

Erin McGrady is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer exploring Asheville and beyond. My work focuses on sharing about LGBTQ safe spaces, camper van life, and the outdoors.

5 thoughts on “Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, Oregon

    1. Thanks for saying hey! Really appreciate it! Hope you get to camp there real soon. And if you do, we’d love to hear about it. ❤️

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