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The mildest climate on the coast gives Brookings-Harbor, Oregon, its name of Oregon's Banana Belt. The climate is temperate all year, with temperatures of 70 degrees common in July or January. Brookings-Harbor is also famous for growing nearly 90% of America's Easter lilies, and an early summer drive between Brookings-Harbor and Crescent City takes you through breathtaking views of fields of blooming lilies.

Located approximately 6 miles north of the California border on Hwy. 101, Brookings-Harbor is the only spot in the continental U.S. that was bombed by a foreign power (Japan) in World War II. The bomb site is marked by a monument accessed from the Bombsite Trail, located about 10 miles inland from Brookings-Harbor on South Bank Road. The pilot of the plane returned to Brookings twenty years after the bombing during their annual Azalea Festival, and presented the town with his personal samurai sword. The sword, now on display at Chetco Community Library, had been carried in his plane for good luck.

In December, Azalea Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with Nature's Coastal Holiday Light Show and Sculpture Display.Azalea Park

Loeb State Park is about 8 miles up the north bank of the Chetco River. This park has 320 acres of myrtle wood (found only in Oregon and the Middle East), Chetco River access, and fishing and camping areas. Riverview Nature Trail, which winds through a mixed myrtlewood forest, connects Loeb State Park with Redwood Nature Trail. Loeb State Park is home to Oregon's largest stand of coastal redwoods. The park includes campsites and several rental cabins.

Four miles north of Brookings-Harbor, Samuel H. Boardman State Park encompasses 11 miles of Oregon's most spectacular and scenic coastline. The seven mile Oregon Coast Trail is the best way to experience one of the world's finest coastline stretches. There are many viewpoints along the trail, including House Rock Viewpoint and Whalehead Viewpoint. Boardman Park is also known as being a great tidepooling area during low tide, where visitors can scramble out among the rocks and see starfish, sea urchins, crabs, sea anemones and other ocean creatures.

Kite flying is a popular activity. Harris Beach State Park and the port area are favorite places to try your kite, and there is an annual Kite Festival, which attracts professional as well as amateur flyers.

There are many other beautiful parks, coastline areas and lots of fishing, camping and hiking areas to enjoy in Brookings-Harbor. Come to Brookings-Harbor, and experience Oregon's Banana Belt!

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    The Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area, at 180,000 acres, is Oregon's largest wilderness. This rugged area, accessed by traveling up the north bank of the Chetco River, is part of the Siskiyou National Forest.

    Named for the rare rhododendron-like Kalmiopsis leachiana, the wilderness is home to many rare and wonderful botanical specimens. Examples are the insect-eating Darlingtonia flycatcher plant, Brewer's weeping spruce and the economically valued timber species, Port Orford Cedar.

    There are hiking trails into the wilderness, but many areas have no water supply, and only experienced hikers should venture more than a day's hike into this hauntingly beautiful wilderness.

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