MT. EMILY BOMB SITE The Southern Oregon, Northern California coast strikes visitors as so beautiful and untouched, they sometimes conclude that the area has somehow escaped history. That conclusion is a real part of the appeal which draws visitors and new residents to...


LONE RANCH BEACH Lone Ranch Beach is located 4 and a half miles north of Brookings. Once there, you will take in the collection of sea stack jutting from an ocean whose color changes from hour to hour as the sun, clouds and lighting varies. This part of the Oregon...


CRISSEY FIELD STATE PARK Crissey Field State park offers a sandy ocean beach for a peaceful stroll, a run with your dog, surfing and fishing. The picturesque Winchuck River can be accessed via the nature walking trails or the beach access. Native plants, wetlands,...


WHALESHEAD BEACH Whaleshead Beach is one of the most gorgeous locations along the Oregon Coast. Offshore there is a sea stack that looks like the head of a Whale. The sea stack is cut with a rock channel and when a wave hits it, it spurts a spray that actually looks...


McVAY ROCK RECREATION SITE We get so much pleasure from discovering hidden treasures, it is an easy prediction that McVay Rock State Recreation Site will delight you and be one of the best memories of your visit to Brookings. A Hidden Treasure McVay is a well-hidden...


CHETCO RIVER Adventures include fishing for Salmon and steelhead; camping, exploring, picnicking, hiking and swimming along the crystal clear Chetco River and into the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Here are a few of the great areas to explore in the unspoiled beauty of the...


CHETCO POINT PARK Do you like unexpected treasures? Would you like them to be stunning? Brookings offers the spectacular gem you will always remember. Chetco Point Park is one of the most beautiful locations in Oregon, on the west coast . . . . in the world! Chetco...


WINCHUCK RIVER One mile north of the California State Line and six miles south of downtown Brookings, lies the mouth of the southernmost of Oregon's rivers, the Winchuck. The Winchuck courses along the Oregon side of the common border of the two states. Where the...


THE PORT OF BROOKINGS HARBOR The Port of Brookings Harbor is not just the busiest recreational maritime port on the Oregon coast, generating an average 100 boat departures a day year round. It is more than one of the most active chinook salmon harbors facing on the...


SALMON RUN GOLF COURSE Salmon Run Golf Course is a golf retreat unlike any other in the Pacific Northwest. Located in beautiful Brookings Harbor and set in a maturely wooded area, this course is accented by panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Golf Digest...


Azalea park is a thirty-three acre park containing ancient native azaleas that were growing here when Lewis and Clark wintered on the Oregon Coast in 1805-06.

Azalea Park offers active and passive recreational activities. It lies amongst several residential neighborhoods, but manages to preserve unique landscapes and open spaces. Azalea Park, however, is much more than both of those things. It is a community project that supports Brookings’ claim to be “The City of Volunteers’.

The native azaleas had long been overgrown with berry vines and needed pruning. A decade ago a private Brookings resident recognized a need and started to care for the bushes. This encouraged the Department of Parks and Recreation to begin restoring the plants. This, in turn, released a flood of volunteer energy that built walkways and planting areas, cleaned up debris and planted rhododendrons and bulbs. The revitalization of this park has brought much beauty and joy to the residents of Brookings as well as to guests visiting our area.

The abundance of the native azalea bushes is a direct reflection of the care given to these very old plants by local citizens. If you are here in the springtime when the native azalea are in full bloom, you will be surprised by their beauty and fragrance. The turf is fifty year old bent grass, and there is newer ryegrass on the two combination softball/baseball/soccer fields.

Located in the park is the wonderful Capella by the Sea. This unique building offers the perfect setting for memorable events, small or large. Constructed with native wood and stone, the rustic Capella by the Sea includes views of the Chetco River, Port of Brookings Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. What an incredible addition to Azalea Park.

Other park amenities include a sand volleyball court, picnic tables, handicapped accessible restrooms and water fountains and horseshoe pits. A “Stage under the Stars” band shell hosts summer concerts, and the “Kidtown” bark groundcover play area provides younger children with a play area offering forts, bridges, slides, tires and ropes. Both the shell stage and the wonderful playground were built by volunteer power.

It’s Christmas Time

Every December Azalea Park is the site of “Nature’s Coastal Holiday Light Show” which returns bigger and brighter each year with dazzling light displays created by the many community service groups in this friendly, “can do” town. From the middle of the month until January 1, the Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with a light show and sculpture display. The entire creative display follows a Northwest theme.

So, Please Enjoy

A visit to this old garden complex which is continually renewing itself, is much more than a pleasant visit for every member of your family. It is an excellent way to be in touch with, and develop a connection with another family; all those volunteers – women, men and youngsters – who built and maintain Azalea Park and recommend it to you for your pleasure.

Getting There

Located on Old County Road, Azalea Park is easily reached from highway 101. Take the first road north of the Chetco River Bridge. You will see the attractive triangle of land maintained by the Brookings Garden Club. Go to the stop sign and turn left. Signs will direct you to the parking area facing onto Old County Road.