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“Beautiful Setting - Great Tide Pools and Yurts”

Sunset Bay State Park
Ranked #389 of 2,138 things to do in Oregon
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Madison, Wisconsin
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83 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Beautiful Setting - Great Tide Pools and Yurts”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

Our family stayed here one night while driving up the Oregon Coast. We picked this state park because of its location and the fact that you can reserve yurts here through the Oregon State Parks web-site. The yurts have to be reserved well in advance (approximately nine to ten months in advance - check out the state park web-site for details). The park itself is very shady with tall trees and is located across a coastal highway (not highway 101) from the beach- the highway is a two lane road with access from the park to the beach by a tunnel that goes under the road. Our yurt was large enough to sleep the four of us (two kids and two adults) and was very clean. The yurt had a heater, which we used give the cool night temperatures. The restrooms were nearby and were clean as well with plenty of hot water. Sunset Bay has terrific tide pools, which you can explore during low tide with plenty of sea stars, sea anemones, and other aquatic life. I was able to run from Sunset Bay to Simpson Reef early in the morning and was treated to a deer sighting, which was unexpeted but wonderful! The sunsets from this location are terrific (which is true just about anywhere on the Oregon coast), and I definitely would return.

Visited August 2012
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Lewiston, Idaho
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65 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“Very nice, but crowded”
Reviewed July 14, 2012

The park and the adjoining parks are an awesome experience. The park itself is very crowded with the sites in close distance to one another. There was a line to check in just after 4pm and not too many empty campsites. After quiet time it was not too noisy, but started getting busy around early around 7 am. The bathrooms were nice and clean. We stayed in a yurt and it easily sleeps five with lights, heat, small table and a locking door. There are plenty of trails and ample beach access. Busy, but a nice park.

Visited July 2012
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Long Beach, Ca.
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5 attraction reviews
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“Not for tent camping”
Reviewed July 27, 2011

Unfortunately this campground, though inside a beautiful park, is just a parking lot for RVs. So we drove farther up the coast and found Rock Creek, a small little campground with beach access.

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Lima, Ohio
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“Hidden Gem of a park”
Reviewed July 16, 2011

I have been here once before and I remembered it quite vividly. So one summer not too long ago when we had the chance to get over to Oregon, I made it a point to go and visit the park. After driving through the park for a bit, there's a beautiful little oceanic cul-de-sac surrounded by bluffs that is easily accessible right off the road. It's a nice spot to grab a bench and take in the scenery. Also, If you wish, there's a good amount of exposed beach there that enables you to go and walk around for a little bit. I'm a big fan of the Oregon coast and i think this place is a nice, little more quieter getaway from the more populated, touristy stops that are along highway 101.

Visited August 2010
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“An amazing experience”
Reviewed July 30, 2009

We just came back from a two week camping trip along the Oregon coast. We spent the second half of our trip at Sunset Bay State Park near Charleston/Coos Bay/North Bend on the south coast.

Aside from the spectacular scenery, this campground offered so much more; tide pools to explore, a beautiful sheltered beach to swim at, a chance to see seals and sea lions on Simpsons Reef, hiking trails and gardens along with terrific campground amenities like beach volleyball courts and picnic areas.

Nearby was the port of Charleston where fresh crab, clams, oysters and tuna was sold right off the boats at the docks. We also checked out the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve about 15 minutes from the park and some pretty cool beaches at 7 Devils State Parks about 45 minutes south near Bandon. Just across Coos Bays is Oregon's famous dunes for the off-roading enthusiasts.

The rangers and volunteer interpretive guides did a great job explaining things on our tide pool walks and also on a hike to an old WW2 bunker. They also had two activities planned every day for children and adults. Park staff kept the washrooms and the campground in general in immaculate condition.

We just got back yesterday and we're already thinking about next summer's vacation to the Oregon Coast and Sunset Bay!

19 Thank KelownaEspressoLover
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