By Bill Schlichting

Pilot staff writer

A headland southwest of Port Orford is the site of not just a historic museum on the grounds of a former U.S. Coast Guard station, but also provides hiking trails along bluffs, giving hikers spectacular views of the Oregon Coast. One paved trail was used by Coast Guard personnel to access a watchtower where people watched for boats in distress. Another trail leads to a viewpoint where a hiker can look down on Nellies Cove and see where the boathouse once stood. More than 500 steps to the boathouse site are no longer accessible. Still another trail leads to a vista point where one can see Cape Blanco, Oregon's westernmost headland and lighthouse.