Let your dog sniff where lilies thrived (2011)
Off-leash area added to McVay Rock
McVay Rock State Recreation Site south of Brookings is the latest park to add an off-leash area. The park was once part of a string of beachside lily bulb fields that ran from Brookings south to Smith River in California. At one time, the area produced 95 percent of the bulbs grown for the potted Easter lily market.
Along with the newly marked pet friendly field, the site has a grassy area great for picnics, sightseeing and whale watching. Primitive trails lead to the spacious beach noted for surf fishing and clamming. The site’s most prominent rock is named for a south coast homesteader, who settled nearby in 1861.
If you’re staying at Harris Beach State Park and want to let your dogs run off leash, McVay Rock is only six miles away. Crissey Field State Recreation Site is almost next door to McVay, three miles to the north.