If sleepy Westport feels like the peaceful edge of nowhere, that’s because it is. The last hamlet before the Lost Coast, on a twisting 15-mile drive north of Fort Bragg, it is the last town before Hwy 1 veers inland on the 22-mile ascent to meet Hwy 101 in Leggett. The population here is around 60 and the town today consists of little more than a couple of choice places to stay, a fine pub, a small grocer and deli, and a couple of gas pumps. Westport dates from 1877 when it was called Beall's Landing after a (long-gone) timber loading facility built by Samuel Beall, the town's first white settler.
Head 1.5 miles north of town for the ruggedly beautiful Westport-Union Landing State Beach, which extends for 3 miles on coastal bluffs. A rough hiking trail leaves the primitive campground and passes by tidepools and streams, accessible at low tide.