Westport is located 13 spectacular miles north of Fort Bragg. This tiny town once had a thriving population of over 20,000 people when Lumber was king and the North Coast was home to fishermen and loggers. Today the population is a little more than 230. Those seeking the quiet country life, spectacular ocean vistas, and a strong community spirit migrate here. Through the years the small cottages have been restored by those hearty souls who trade the twenty-six mile round trip to "town" for the rugged individualism which marks the Westport lifestyle.
North Coasters and tourists flock here for the annual chicken barbeque and abalone feeds that benefit the local volunteer fire department. About three miles north of town are Westport Estates, a subdivision of 20 acre parcels, many with ocean views and deep forest canyons.
Several state and private campgrounds, two inns, and Bill's grocery, bait store, and post office serve the tiny village and travelers. Highway 1 turns inland here and winds past the vanished town of Rockport, jumping-off spot for the famed Lost Coast, then through the forest to Leggett where it connects with Highway 101 toward Eureka.