Highway 101 is at its most spectacular in the stretch between Port Orford and Brookings. Keeping this stretch of the highway from sliding into the Pacific Ocean has been a continual challenge to the Oregon Department of Transportation, and evidence of this ongoing struggle can be seen in many places along the way.
The northern part of the highway includes Humbug Mountain and Cape Sebastian.
Mile by mile: Milepost 301.0 Port Orford (ZIP 97465)
301.1 Battle Rock Park The 1851 battle between an advance party of nine settlers and local native Indians took place here. Plenty of parking and a visitor center.
302.4–306.0 Series of Viewpoints These are some of the most impressive ocean vistas along the Oregon Coast.
305.5 Humbug Mountain State Park From the parking lot, a trail leads to the summit of Humburg Mountain, the highest point on the southern Oregon Coast at 1756 feet above sea level. The campground with 90 campsites (32 electrical hookups) and a hiker–biker camp is near the beach at milepost 307, and the picnic area at milepost 307.7. The mountain was once known as Sugarloaf Mountain, but its name was changed to Tichenor’s Humbug as the result of a mistake made by an 1851 exploring party Captain William Tichenor sent out of Port Orford. This 1842-acre park includes the mountain, Brush Creek drainage, and ocean frontage.
313.1 Prehistoric Gardens Life-size replicas of dinosaurs live in a dense, peaceful rain forest in this privately operated park and gift shop. Fee charged.
317.0 Ophir (ZIP 97464) The nine-hole Cedar Bend Golf Course is a couple miles away.
319.2-320.1 Series of Viewpoints
321.0 Nesika Beach The post office in Nesika Beach is for Ophir and all streets are designated Gold Beach.
322.4 Geisel Monument State Heritage Site A small wayside commemorates early settler John Geisel and his three sons.
325.0 Old Coast Road Otter Point State Park has hiking trails and views of unusual sandstone formations. Parking not suitable for large rigs.
326.5 Access to Mouth of Rogue River
327.3 Rogue River Famous for its fishing, the Rogue River has a Wild and Scenic section federally protected from Lobster Creek, about 10 miles upriver, almost to Grants Pass. Jet boats travel upstream and rafts head downstream. A number of resorts are located near Agness. Most fishing is done within the lower 10 miles. I.L. Patterson Memorial Bridge was the first in the country to be built with prestressed concrete in 1931. With its seven arches of reinforced concrete, McCullough designed a graceful bridge. Wedderburn (ZIP 97491) on the north side of the river is homeport for Rogue River Mail Boats.