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Brookings and Vicinity

Brookings, along with the nearby community of Harbor, are the largest municipalities on the southern end of the Oregon Coast. The town was established to help facilitate the fledgling lumber industry begun in the early part of the twentieth century. The nearby Chetco and Pistol Rivers were vital both for the transportation of timber and the operation of mills. More recently, timber has diminished in importance and tourism now accounts for much of the community's economy. As with many coastal communities, Brookings also caters to fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts with a variety of natural history highlights within a short drive’s distance.

  • Voices in the Darkness

    Category: Fun Fact

    When a caretaker heard voices rising out of the darkness beneath Cape Sebastian in 1942, he had no idea he was eavesdropping on the crew of a Japanese submarine on a top-secret mission to destroy Oregon's coastal forests.

  • Harris Beach State Recreation Area

    Category: General Article

    A jigsaw puzzle of volcanic rock formations, colorful water-polished stone and tumbled driftwood, Harris Beach is a beautiful wayside and a haven for many kinds of birdlife.

  • Chetco River

    Category: General Article

    The Chetco River separates Brookings from the larger community of Harbor, with a small port used mostly for fishing and recreational vessels. As you travel away from the river’s mouth, the banks are lined with homes, farms, and fishermen hoping to land salmon and trout.

  • Crissey Field State Recreation Area

    Category: General Article

    One of the newest state parks in Oregon, Crissey Field is the gateway to California and the primeval redwood forest which lies at the southernmost tip of Oregon.

  • The Oregon Coast Trail

    Category: Exploring Nature Item

    This trail is a 387-mile long hiking route, stretching from the California state line to the Columbia River. Most of the trail utilizes the same travel corridor historically used by Oregonians – the beaches!

  • Oregon Coast Highway 101

    Category: General Article

    Take a journey along the Oregon Coast Highway and enjoy 363 miles (584 km) of unmatched beauty through forests, meadows and sand dunes with breathtaking views of islands offshore.