Camping with your horse on the Oregon coast:

Many people enjoy camping with their own horse(s) along the beautiful beaches of Oregon.  There are five campgrounds that are located either directly on or very near to the beach, within just a few minutes' riding time from the ocean. All these campgrounds are also open for day-use horseback riding.

Located from north to south:

1)    Nehalem Bay State Park   Located off Hwy 101, 3 miles south of Manzanita junction. Riding area - six miles of trails and beach riding. There are 17 primitive campsites, each with two 11'x11' outdoor stalls, reservations accepted with non-refundable fee.  Tables, fire rings,  drinking water nearby. Showers and restrooms are located within 1/2 mile at the main campground. Summer rates $19 per night;  $5 day-use fee. 

2)    Baker Beach    Located off Hwy 101 about 5 miles north of Florence in Siuslaw National Forest.  Riding area - forested trails leading to many miles of beach riding. Be sensitive to the snowy plover nesting area March-Sept.  There are 5 primitive campsites.  No corrals.  No water at campground.  No reservations. There is a vault toilet and fire rings.  Overnight fee $12.

3)    Wild Mare Horse Camp    Located 1.5 miles north of North Bend, about three miles west of Hwy 101 in Siuslaw National Forest.  Riding area - trail through dunes and forest leads to many miles of beach riding. There are 12 primitive campsites, each with single/double 12'x12' outdoor corrals. Tables, fire rings, vault toilets and drinking water. Nearby showers are closed as of October 2010, with no known reopening date. Overnight fee $10.

4)    Bullard's Beach State Park    Located off Hwy 101, 2 miles north of Bandon.  Riding area - seven miles of trails plus four miles of beach; riding trail to Coquille lighthouse.  There are 8 primitive campsites. Three sites have double corrals and five sites have quadruple corrals; all are wood outdoor. Note: corrals have chain gates.  Tables, fire rings, portable toilets, drinking water.  Showers/flush toilets at main campground within 1/2 mile.  Summer rates $19 per night. 

5)    Cape Blanco State Park    Located 6 miles off Hwy 101, 9 miles north of Port Orford.  Riding area - 150 acres of open and forested land with beach access down a hill; beach riding.  There are 6 primitive campsites.  Three shared 14'x14' double corrals;  two pull through campsites have two double corrals.  Tables, fire rings, drinking water. Showers/flush toilets located in main campground within 1/2 mile.  Summer rates $17 per night. 

In addition to the above campgrounds, Seal Rock Stables,  is a private horse ranch which has facilities for public camping and overnight outdoor horse corrals. This ranch is located near Seal Rock on the east side of Hwy 101 and requires a 15 minute trailer ride to access the beach at South Beach State Park at Newport.  Riding area - open meadows and forested hills with large covered riding arena.  There are 5 primitive campsites. Reservations required, $15 overnight boarding fee for inside stall. 


Overnight horse facilities along the Oregon coast:

If you do not have a camper or trailer, yet would like to bring your own horse to the coast to enjoy beach riding, there are several private horse ranches which will stable your horse overnight while you stay in a nearby motel.  Rates vary, but range from $15 per night to $30 per night. Feed and cleaning may be included. All these private ranches are located within a 15 minute trailer ride to beach riding areas. Listed north to south.

Cherry Lane Stables, Tillamook.  http://cherrylanestables.embarqspace....

Crazy A's Horse Hotel, Pacific City.

Drift Creek Ranch Horse Hotel, Lincoln City.

Seal Rock Stables, Seal Rock. 

C & M Stables, Florence. Ride to beach from here.


Day use horseback riding on the Oregon beaches:

Nearly all of the beach areas in Oregon are available for riding horses, however, Oregon Parks and Recreation severely limits access. Horses and pack animals are only allowed in a few designated State Parks -- otherwise, they are prohibited from entering any State Park. Private property access for horses is available on a limited basis - enquire locally.  In addition to the five horse campgrounds listed above, horses are allowed within three parks along the Oregon coast. Listed north to south.

1)    Fort Stevens State Park    Located 10 miles west of Astoria.  Riding area -  there is beach riding and flat trails. $5 day use fee.

2)    South Beach Jetty    Located just south of Newport. Riding area - trails over small dunes lead to miles of flat beach. No fee.

3)    Pistol River Scenic Viewpoint    Located 11 miles south of Gold Beach.  Riding area - small dunes and miles of flat beach. No fee.

Remember, horses are welcome along nearly all beaches in Oregon!  Enjoy your ride :-)