Simpson Beach at Shore Acres State Park

• Simpson Beach is a hidden gem of Shore Acres Park!
• The beach is interconnected with many trails, including the Oregon Coast Trail

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A hidden coastal gem, Simpson Beach is tucked away 4 miles southwest of Charleston. This tiny pocket beach is a part of Shore Acres State Park, sitting right below the Shore Acres gardens.

Simpson Beach Trail is only 0.5 miles long with a 200 ft elevation gain. The pathway will take you directly to the sandy shore from the southwest edge of the parking lot. Alternatively, you can reach the beach from a gravel pullout 1/3 mile south of the state park entrance.

The trail runs to Simpson Cove through the beautiful coastal forest. Once you get to the beach, you can enjoy the views of waves crashing on the rocky shore and monolithic sea stacks in the background.

The views at Simpsons Beach encourage you to stop and think. The moments there give you a peaceful retreat away from the busy life. And odds are, you will be only one of the few people there.

Simpson Beach at Shore Acres State Park
Beach View


Simpson Beach Trail is interconnected with other Shore Acres State Park trails. From the beach, you can hike back to the top of the bluff and combine various trails passing through the park.

The eight-mile hiking trail along Cape Arago Highway is a part of the Oregon Coastal Trail. The route connects Sunset Bay State Park to Shore Acres and Cape Arago State Parks. Along the trail, you will enjoy the pristine coastal forest, cliffs, stunning ocean panoramas, Cape Arago Lighthouse, Gregory Point, Shore Acres State Park, and sea lions at Simpson Reef and Shell Island. The 2.5-mile trail leads to Bastendorff Beach County Park.

Pets are allowed on the trail but should be kept on a leash no longer than six feet, pets waste must be removed. Pets are not allowed to enter Shore Acres State Park, however, they could stay on the trail.

Simpson Beach Trailhead at Shore Acres State Park
Beach Trailhead

Simpson Beach Camping, Lodging & Vacation Rentals

No camping is available at the beach or the park. The closest campgrounds are at Sunset Bay State Park and Bastendorff Beach County Park.

The nearest lodging and vacation rentals are in Charleston, North Bend, and Coos Bay.

Affordable vacation rentals for short and long term stay at Charleston and North Bend

Lodging in Coos Bay

Simpson Beach | Facts

Open: Year-round
Managed by: Oregon State Parks

Amenities: Information and gift shop, garden, and hiking trails
Activities: Hiking, scenic viewpoints

Day-use fees: Yes; Oregon State Park Pass or Sunset Bay campground receipt
Dogs: Not allowed

Shore Acres is located:

  • 12 miles southwest of Coos Bay
  • 92 miles west of Roseburg
  • 127 miles southwest of Eugene.

Adventures Nearby

Directions to Simpson Beach

From Highway-101 in North Bend,

  • Turn west onto Virginia Avenue and follow 0.6 miles to Broadway Avenue
  • Turn left onto Broadway Avenue and go 0.9 miles to Newmark Avenue
  • Bear right onto Newmark Avenue and drive 1.8 miles to Cape Arago Highway
  • Turn left onto Cape Arago Highway and continue for 8.9 miles to Shore Acres State Park.

From parking, take a short 0.5-mile hike down to the beach.

Phone: 541-888-3732

Address (Shore Acres State Park): 89039 Cape Arago Hwy, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420

GPS (Simpson Beach): N 43°19.303' W 124°23.279' | 43.32172, -124.38798

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