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The Coquille River Lighthouse was first lit in 1896 and continued to guide ships to safety off the coast of Bandon, Oregon until it was decommissioned in 1939.Bullard Beach State Park provides the starting point for a brisk 5+ mile round trip walk to the lighthouse. You’ll find plenty of opportunity for beach access along the way. Several parking lots are available those less adventurous.These days the lighthouse opens to provide a glimpse into the past…a brief history lesson for visitors, campers and history buffs. It also serves as inspiration (for photographers) from either shore of the Coquille River.
Escape is exactly what we did. The weather forecast warned that records would surely break as we packed up and fled the unseasonably warm temperatures of Southern Oregon.
There is nothing quite like camping in Oregon State Parks. Campgrounds and facilities are clean, tidy and located in beautiful spots. Bullard Beach State Park offered us the perfect location, not too far from civilization, for our first experience living the trailer life.
The campground is located just over a mile from the shore so be prepared to get some sand in your shoes. The trail took us up and down through the trees, eventually opening on to grass covered dunes.
There are plenty of trails for hiking or biking, plus 11 miles of designated equestrian trails that spring from the park's horse camp.
The high point of our day was the six-mile round trip walk to the Coquille River Lighthouse. Built in 1896, it was decommissioned in 1939 and no longer serves as a navigational aid.
Inside are interesting historical displays and a small gift shop. However, they don't sell any food, so if you walk out to it like we did, don't forget to pack your snacks! Renovation efforts are ongoing and donations are greatly appreciated.
Each of the three loops of campsites surround a central restroom/shower facility so this is a great place for tent campers as well as RVers.
Yurts are a fun alternative to traditional camping and Bullard Beach has 13 available for rent. You'll need to supply you own bedding and whatever is needed for cooking, but you will be up off the ground with a roof over your head, a bed/futon to sleep on, lights, heating and a lockable door. Reg and I spent a couple nights in yurts along the Oregon coast several years ago. We loved their rustic comfort.
Isn't it time for you to plan your escape?