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Your Guide to Exploring Floras Lake State Park

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Set in southwest Oregon, Floras Lake State Park is a lesser-visited part of the state. If you’re into beautiful walks and epic scenery, there’s nowhere better! 

This is possible one of the most wildly underrated areas of Oregon, but if you’re into nature and adventure, you’ll find visiting incredibly rewarding. 

The main reason to visit Floras Lake State Park is for hiking, lake activities, and really stunning views that look great in pictures! There are a few wonderful trails that you can enjoy, which we’ve detailed in this post, a long beach backed with rusty-colored cliffs, and a lake made for adventurers!

We have to admit, this place is a bit of a best-kept secret, so let’s keep this spot between us, cool?

Exploring Floras Lake State Park

Blacklock Point Trail

Distance: 4.2 miles 
Type: Out and back 
Difficulty: Moderate

This is an easy out and back trail to Blacklock Point, with impressive sweeping views on the way.

The hike begins at Cape Blanco State Airport, and you follow one route out to the point. From here, there are fantastic views out to the coastline. You can also climb down to the beach!

View over the cliffs on the Blacklock Point Trail in Floras Lake State Park
The Blacklock Point Trail is a must-do on your visit to Floras Lake State Park

There are beautiful wildflowers here during the wildflower season, which runs from March to July or August. It’s a dog-friendly trail. 

If you’re low on time, this is the hike to do. After hiking through the forest, the trail will bring you out to an overlook of the waterfall and ocean—you’ll certainly get some impressive views from up here.

Woman hiking through trees on the Blacklock Point Trail
Hiking the Blacklock Point Trail

This trail does not bring you to Floras Lake nor does it start there though, so you could hike this and then drive to Floras Lake for further exploring to save you some time.

Floras Lake Waterfall Trail

Distance: 5.2 miles
Type: Out and back
Difficulty: Moderate

Floras Lake Waterfall Trail is a beach walk from Floras Lake along the coastline.

The trail is very sandy, meaning it can be a little tough underfoot! However, the impressive views of Floras Lake make up for it. 

Rocky beach on the Floras Lake Waterfall Beach Trail
This beach stroll will eventually lead to the waterfall

As you keep following the trail, you’ll reach the beach. Walk along the beach for a while, taking in Oregon’s spectacular coastline, and eventually, you’ll get to the waterfall.

If we’re being honest, this is less of a hike and more of a long beach walk. There is a sandy trail that’s sightly more trail than sand but many people just walk along the beach. It would depend on the tides and how much of a calf workout you’re wanting!

Overhead view of Floras Lake waterfall
The waterfall views were worth the walk

When you reach Floras Lake Waterfall at the end of the beach, spend some time taking in the natural phenomenon before turning around and hiking back the same route to return to the lake. You COULD walk further inland and use the Floras Loop Trail if you want to walk through the first on the way back…

RELATED: 29 Stunning Oregon Waterfall Hikes

Floras Lake Loop Trail 

Distance: 7.2 miles
Type: Loop
Difficulty: Moderate

This trail travels from Blacklock to Floras Lake and loops around in a circle. It is a beautiful place to see wildlife and has all the epic views and spots you’d want to see in this state park.

Woman hiking the Floras Lake Loop Trail
The namesake Floras Lake

Most of the trail is shaded, but there are quite a few switchbacks, and the trail can be very narrow in places. It can also be very muddy if it has rained in the forested bit! 

Definitely take some time mid-trail to pause at Floras Lake and enjoy the state park’s namesake. You’ll need to walk almost a half-mile more to reach the lake before returning back so this might end up being closer to 8 miles long.

Man taking photos on cliff at Floras Lake, Oregon
Garrett never misses a good shot and there were plenty here!

This loop trail will include everything the two trails mentioned above have. The waterfall, Floras Lake, stunning beach views in every direction, the awesome views from Blacklock Point, walks along the beach and through the forest too.

Rocks formations along the sea on the Floras Lake Loop Trail
Gorgeous rock formations on the Floras Lake Loop Trail

Along the routes on the beach keep an eye out for incredible rock formations and arches! However, make sure to be highly aware of the tides and use the upper trail when necessary to avoid an encounter with a sneaky wave.

RELATED: 17 Breathtaking Oregon Coast Hikes

Floras Lake Watersports

Floras Lake is an ideal place for watersports with beautiful views over the steely blue waters. This is thanks to the northwest winds that are, on average, 15 to 25 knots each day. 

Sailboat on water with forested hills in background at Floras Lake near Bandon Beach
Sailing Floras Lake

Floras Lake is ideal for windsurfing, but on calmer days, paddleboarding is also an option. 

You can rent out equipment from Floras Lake kiting. They are open from April to mid-September, seven days per week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. You can also take your kit if you have it! 

Camping at Boice Cope Park

If you want to extend your trip, there is camping available at Boice Cope Park. It is a huge grassy area with electric hookups, clean bathrooms, and showers. 

It is also in a prime location near the rest of the state park. Rates are between $20 – $30 depending on what time of year you stay and whether it is peak season. 

Places to Visit Near Floras Lake State Park

Cape Blanco

Van parked in foreground of Cape Blanco Lighthouse, a must visit Oregon Lighthouse
Cape Blanco Lighthouse near Floras Lake

Head to Oregon’s most western point for more remote adventures and hikes with epic coastal scenery. Visit to enjoy the historic Cape Blanco Lighthouse (the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in the state), hiking, biking, and wild camping.

READ MORE: Your Guide to Cape Blanco State Park

Port Orford

Port Orford
The stunning coastline at Port Orford

If you’re interested in a mix of history and nature, head to Port Orford! This is the oldest town on the coastline and still has an active harbor. There are also 61 miles of coastline that you can enjoy on foot or by bike. 

READ MORE: 7 Adventurous Things to Do Around Port Orford, Oregon

Humbug Mountain

Coastal views of Humbug Mountain State Park, one of the Oregon Coast State Parks
Humbug Mountain State Park on the Oregon Coast

Humbug Mountain State Park has one of the highest headlands on the coastline. If you’re into climbing, you can do a 5.5-mile climb to the summit of the mountain. There are impressive views from the top of this mountain and year-round camping available on site. 

READ MORE: Your Guide to Humbug Mountain State Park

Bandon Beach

Person walking amongst sea cliffs at Bandon Beach
Bandon Beach, Oregon

Bandon Beach is renowned for its epic rock formations and boulders, as well as its picture-perfect sunsets. There are opportunities for walking or fat tire biking along the beach, and you can also hike to Coquille Lighthouse and Cape Blanco Lighthouse. 

READ MORE: 9 Cool Adventures Around Bandon Beach, Oregon

Floras Lake is a reasonably quiet state park on the Oregon coast – if you want an adventure but also somewhere to chill out and relax, spend a weekend here!

We hope this post helped you plan your time in Floras Lake State Park! Check out more posts on the Oregon Coast and even more adventures around the state.

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