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Jcwill5 wrote a review Aug 2020
McMinnville, Oregon313 contributions116 helpful votes
My son and I camped for three nights and were super pleased with our experience here. We did the long beach walk north to the end of the sand spit, the shorter beach walk south to the caves and tide pools, and took the long hike up to the cape lookout trail head and then out to the cape (9.4 miles round-trip). Our tent camping site was clean, well laid out, and offered running water, a picnic table, and fire ring. We were graced with bright sunny days and a clear night for star gazing on the beach. This is a real gem of a park, and they have a really fine day use area, too, for one day visitors. We highly recommend it!…
Date of experience: August 2020
2 Helpful votes
Don'tWaitForRetirement wrote a review Apr 2020
California3,980 contributions1,011 helpful votes
Nice spot for a trail hike, picnic or beach walk. Included with Oregon Pacific Coast 5-Day Passport.
PART OF THE THREE CAPES We stopped here as part of the '3 Capes' tour while traveling around Oregon. It's a beautiful spot for a picnic, trail hike or beach walk. There's a decent sized parking lot with restrooms and the park is included in the 'Oregon Pacific Coast 5-Day Passport', which we displayed while parked as to avoid the $5 day fee. (The 5-Day Passport is $10 for 5 days). NICE BEACH FOR A WALK OR JUST RELAX It was a sunny August day and there were several beach-goers sat on deck chairs on the beach enjoying the ocean waves, sunshine and dramatic scenery. We walked all the way to the end of the beach and back and sat on the rocks to enjoy a packed lunch. OREGON PACIFIC COAST PASSPORT FYI, the 'Oregon Pacific Coast 5-Day Passport' covers the following spots: Ft. Stevens State Park, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Ecola State Park, Nehalem Bay State Park, Cape Lookout State Park, Sand Lake Recreation Area (on the sand and Derrick Road), Hebo Lake, Drift Creek Falls Trail, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, Marys Peak Recreation Area, Cape Perpetua Scenic Area Heceta Head Lighthouse Viewpoint, Sutton Recreation Area, Honeyman State Park Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Shore Acres State Park. We found purchasing the passport was well worth the $10 while traveling the Pacific Coast. If you found this review useful, please click the thank button. Happy Travels.…
Date of experience: August 2019
2 Helpful votes
GBruceSmith wrote a review Dec 2019
Culver City, California12 contributions4 helpful votes
Gorgeous beach with lush green forests coming down to the rugged coast and wide sandy beach. The campground was also clean and lovely.
Date of experience: October 2019
noworries2000 wrote a review Dec 2019
Federal Way, Washington767 contributions382 helpful votes
One of the more beautiful parks I have stayed at in Oregon. I stayed here for 10 days in November and split my time between a cabin, a yurt, and tent camping. The cabins are great (amazing view of the ocean from the deck), but there are only a handful of cabins at the park, so advance reservations are a must. Cabins include the usual: full sized fridge, microwave, electric heat, bathroom and shower, separate bedroom, and a gas grill on the deck overlooking the ocean. They also included a flat screen TV (no TV service) and DVD player so bring movies with you and some microwave popcorn for those rainy, chilly evenings. The cabins are located near the day-use area and are right on the trail to the lookout, but privacy was no issue as there are clearly posted signs asking people to stay off the trails to the cabins unless they were registered guests. Plenty of parking and wheeled carts to help you get your gear to the cabins. You need to take your own linens, towels, and pillows for the cabins, just as you would for the yurts. Since there are so few cabins and they are set in the remnants of an old-growth forest, there was plenty of peacefulness - very quiet. I loved making coffee on the gas grill on the deck in the morning and looking out over the ocean and enjoying the serenity. Total Peacefulness! I also stayed in a yurt for a couple of nights - electric heat and lights, plenty of room inside - would easily accommodate a group of four. Bathrooms and showers were less than 100 feet away outside (plenty of hot water). Only complaints about the yurt experience is that the covered deck is small, so bring a tarp if you are staying more than few days to stay dry when cooking (no cooking inside the yurts), camp bathrooms need some updating and the showers are the type with the two-minute timers so you have to keep hitting the reset button to restart it: AND the yurts are close together so you easily can hear noisy neighors at night. If you want a yurt, also a good idea to reserve in advance. I also tent camped in the remnants of the old growth forest for a few nights. Thoroughly enjoyed this, even in November weather. Be aware of the racoons at night - they are agressive (keep all food and utensils locked in your car at night). Sites were spacious and included picnic tables and a fire ring and you had your choice of being in the old growth trees (more secluded), or out in the open near the dunes (warmer throughout the day). Camp site is generally quiet and people were friendly. Even with wind and rain blowing on off the ocean, I was very comfortable in my tent because of the dunes and trees protecting me from the weather. Again, the camp showers are OK - wish they did not have those two-minute timers that you keep having to reset. IN the camping and yurt area you are less than 100 feet from the beach and there is plenty to see on the beaches. It is easy to collect driftwood kindling for fires (the camp hosts also sell ice and kiln-dried firewood). I watched eagles and sea lions most days. You are about 20 minutes away from Tillamook if you need supplies or WIFI access. Phone reception is hit and miss throughout the park. I could usually get a signal if I wandered out toward the beach. The park is quiet and most people with dogs are respectful and clean up after themselves. The roads in the campground are very narrow and the spots are mainly set in the remnants of an old growth forest, so if you have a large RV, plan accordingly. There are no pull though sites and I watched people get very frustarted trying to back over-sized RVs into small spots in the trees (lots of scrapes and broken branches). Thoroughly enjoyed my visit here - Camp Hosts David and Vicki were a huge help and kept the area clean and assisted people with check-in (there is no park service staff on duty for check -in during the winter season). The park service staff do come around in the morning and the evening to check on the camp sites. I did not encounter some of the drug use (meth, needles) that I have seen from homeless encroaching on the campgrounds like I've see in some other Oregon parks like Fort Stevens. Perhaps because this park is a bit off the beaten path. Even if you are just passing through, or looking for a place for a nice hike and a some great views, this is a wonderful park to visit, The roundtrip trail out to the lookout (where you'll see lots of wildlife along the way) is a well-groomed path that is a little over 4 miles roundtrip. I look forward to my next trip here.…
Date of experience: November 2019
pdelongjones wrote a review Oct 2019
Monclova, Ohio5 contributions1 helpful vote
The scenery along the Oregon coast is unbelieveable beautiful. Plan to take far more time than you would think you would need.
Date of experience: September 2019