Samuel H. Boardman State Park Elopement Guide

Samuel H. Boardman State Park Elopement Guide

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How to get married in Samuel H. Boardman State Park

Planning your Samuel H. Boardman State Park Elopement? Look no further, I’m sharing everything you need to know about planning the perfect elopement day in this gorgeous Oregon Coast park.

Secluded beaches, breathtaking views and dramatic rock formations line the multi-mile stretch of Samuel H. Boardman State Park, one of Oregon’s most beautiful sections of coastline and one of the most stunning places to elope. 

When you drive along this section of Highway 101, you will come across one turn off after another, each leading to their own one-of-a-kind views of the ocean. The park features isolated beaches, huge offshore rock formations, meadows overlooking the ocean and panoramic views of the water. 

Whether you’re in the market for a longer hike, a short hike or no hike at all, Samuel H. Boardman State Park has a breathtaking viewpoint for every couple. You WILL find the perfect, isolated spot to say your vows at this Oregon treasure. Before you say “I Do” to your wedding spot, though, take a deep dive into my complete guide to this state park. 

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Samuel H. Boardman State Park Elopement Locations

Samuel H. Boardman State Park is one of Oregon’s best kept secrets. The rugged coastline, secret sandy beaches and towering trees make this one of my favorite spots in the state. Here are some of my favorite spots that you just can’t miss. 

Cape Ferrelo

To get to the Cape Ferrelo viewpoint, expect a short, mile-long hike with sweet views from start to finish. This short hike is part of the Oregon Coast Trail. At the start of the hike, you’ll walk through deep forest before heading through grassy fields all the way to the cape. At Cape Ferrelo, you’ll find yourself overlooking rugged coastline in a truly picture-perfect spot (especially during sunset!). In the fall and the spring, you may also spot whales as they migrate. 

Secret Beach

This seaside gem may be one of Oregon’s most heavenly spots. Secret Beach isn’t listed on any map, making it the sweetest spot for your elopement. Secret Beach is tucked into the northern section of the State Park, right between the road and the vista at Thunder Rock Cove. It’s a short but steep hike down to the beach, where you’ll find pristine sand and rocky cliffs overlooking the ocean. It’s serene and stunning, the perfect little spot for your secluded elopement. 

Whales Head Beach

This popular, easily accessible beach has something for everyone. Picnic tables overlooking the long stretch of coastline work best for small gatherings; beach lovers will find plenty of space to swim and explore on the sand below. Whaleshead Beach gets its name from the big rock formation right off the shore that looks a lot like a whale’s spout sticking out of the water. The beach offers more than a mile of beautiful coastline with plenty of room to spread out. A big perk? The beach has toilets! 

China Beach

This secluded beach, nestled against steep slopes, features sharp rock formations off the coast. It’s a quick half a mile hike to reach the beach, and once you arrive, soak in some of the beautiful views, including Natural Bridges. A part of China Beach, which is located right on the Oregon Coast Trail, can only be rounded at low tide. China Beach makes for a low-key and quiet engagement spot since fewer people visit this spot. 

Natural Bridges

If you’ve done any research about Oregon (or even opened Instagram), you’ve likely seen photos of the gorgeous Natural Bridges. This iconic spot is one of the easiest places to visit in the park, thanks to the numerous signs. Natural Bridges can be a bit tricky to reach, but I’ve been here countless times and I can guide you along the path. If we manage to catch this spot at the right time, Natural Bridges can make for a stunning elopement with some breathtaking photos to show your loved ones! 

Indian Sands Trail

Sand dunes by the beach in Oregon? Check! This spot, between Thomas Creek Bridge and Whaleshead Beach, may just be one of the most unique spots on my list. Eroding sandstone cliffs above the trail have left epic sand dunes on the Indian Sands Trail. This 1 mile loop may be a bit tricky at times, but the amazing photos (and the toes in your sand, so far above the beach!) will make it all worth it. Plus, at certain times of the year, you’ll find tall seagrass and pretty wildflowers! Not many people visit this spot in the park either, so it makes for a private and pretty elopement. 


What to do During Your Boardman State Park Elopement

From wild sand dunes to long stretches of beach and beyond, there’s truly something for everyone at Samuel H. Boardman State Park! For your special day, consider planning something unique and memorable true to your love and relationship: 

  • Plan a romantic beach picnic with all your favorite snacks and foods. 
  • Finish your elopement in a hot tub with champagne under the stars with an ocean view
  • Plan a beach bonfire after dark to toast to your union 
  • If you’re here at the right time, consider hiring a boat tour for whale watching 



Best Time to Visit Samuel H. Boardman State Park

The best time to visit Samuel H. Boardman State Park is from May to October. In the spring, you’ll catch some of the wildflower season in full bloom (especially after a heavy winter!). It never gets too cold in the park, but during shoulder seasons, you may want a bit of a cover-up for breezy days and nights. If you plan to visit during the rainy season, don’t fret: Oregon is gorgeous with all the fog and clouds! 


AirBnB’s in the Samuel H. Boardman State Park Area

The Private Ocean Peninsula with Epic Views 

This gorgeous spot overlooking the ocean offers 270 degree-views of the water on a stunning deck atop a rocky cliff. Of course the view is breathtaking, but it’s not all about the view: this place would offer some beautiful light for photos throughout the day as you get ready for your wedding. Plus, you can spend some extra time out on the deck. Picture this: a romantic, candlelit dinner on the deck after your wedding. You could hire a private chef, order a pizza or set out a charcuterie board and some wine – whatever you fancy! 

The Lookout: a Secluded Romantic Spot with Views

With beautiful views, a hot tub with a view, private beach access and great light for photos, this secluded spot makes for a lovely romantic getaway for your elopement. This one-of-a-kind spot will work best for couples looking for that isolated spot. If you want a better feel for the house, take a video tour here. 

Wild Coast Lookout

Wild Coast Lookout lies north of Brookings by 25 minutes, but this gorgeous spot is WORTH the drive! The house has a hot tub, outdoor shower, huge deck, and panoramic views of the water. With a killer deck, this spot may work best for people who may want to have some family and friends over after their elopement. 


Elopement Vendors near Samuel H. Boardman State Park

Florists Near Samuel H. Boardman State Park

JackLily

This Ashland, Oregon, florist may not be as close to Samuel H. Boardman State Park as other florists, but her flowers are SO worth it. I recommend Isabelle so much that I will bring your flowers down with me, to the coast, when I arrive the day before your elopement, if you want them to be more fresh. They’re THAT gorgeous. 

Freckled Fleurs

This florist is located in Grants Pass, right on the way to the state park if you fly into Medford, Oregon. She does bouquets as well as floral backdrops. If you pick Freckled Fleurs, I can also pick up your flowers on my way to your elopement spot. 

Moonstone in Bloom

Brooking Blooms

Videographers Near Samuel H. Boardman State Park

Danny Hall

Danny is local photographer/filmmaker here in the Rogue Valley.

Elopement Officiants Near Samuel H. Boardman State Park

Susie Cunningham

Carolyn Greenwood

Melissa Coggin



What to Do Near Samuel H. Boardman State Park

Hire a Boat for a Whale Watching, Sightseeing or Fishing Trip

White Water Kayaking

I do this at least once a year, the water on the Smith River is the most beautifully clear turquoise color and this river runs through the redwood forests. A MUST do if you are into kayaking. 

Jedediah Redwood State Park

If you’ve never seen the redwoods before this is a MUST DO. They are MIND BLOWING. Everytime I step foot into this forest I feel as if I’ve been transported to a magical place.


Where to Eat Near Samuel H. Boardman State Park

SuperFly

This bar and grill offers fun martinis, amazing food and a casual environment with an outdoor fire pit. 

OxenFre Public House

This nice bar and pub uses fresh and local ingredients alongside seasonal cocktails. Plus, if you come back later in the evening, enjoy live music. 

Zola’s on the Water

Located along the water with a peaceful view, this casual pizza spot serves up all types of delicious pizzas, pastas, wings and more. 

Fat Irish Kitchen and Pub

This Irish kitchen and pub offers a variety of delicious and traditional dishes, from fish and chips to sandwiches and beyond. 


Best Breweries Near Samuel H. Boardman State Park

Chetco Brewing

Chetco Brewing is a modern brewpub with outdoor seating and a food truck, but the real highlight here is the Imperial Coconut Porter, which is to DIE for. 

Seaquake Brewing

This large brewery, in a dual-level barn, serves up vegan, vegetarian and meat-friendly pizza and modern bites. Seaquake Brewing frequently receives high marks for their good ambiance and tasty food! 

Port O’Pints

Port O’Pints may be an Irish dive bar, but this brewery is known for their delicious limited menu and huge variety of pours. 


How to Get to Samuel H. Boardman State Park

Medford, Oregon International Airport

The Rogue Valley International Medford is a cute airport in the southern part of Oregon. The airport may be small, but they have rental cars there; you’ll be in and out quite quickly. The drive to Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor is about two and a half hours away down the Smith River, through many gorgeous forests and towering Redwood trees.  


Samuel H. Boardman State Park Elopement Packages

What’s included in each package:

  • Choose from 8, 12, 16 and 24 Hours of Photography Coverage
  • High-Resolution Digital Images
  • Full Printing Rights
  • Online Gallery to share, download and print from
  • All photographer travel fees included
  • Dream Big Questionaire
  • Custom Elopement Location Lookbook
  • Custom Elopement Location Timeline
  • 90+ Page Elopement Guide Exclusively for JayneMayAgnes Couples


Samuel H. Boardman Elopement Packages start at $3,800

Planning your Samuel H. Boardman State Park Elopement is easy with so many beautiful, secluded spots for your wedding day. Ready to elope? I’ll help you find the best spot (and help you plan an unforgettable elopement)! Contact me to get started planning your amazing elopement today.

I'm an outdoor obsessed elopement photographer based out of Oregon. I empower couples to plan a 'true to them' wedding day and document their story in a timeless and beautiful way. I travel worldwide for elopements and have a heart for protecting our beautiful land by following all Leave No Trace Principles in all my adventures. 

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