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“Camping Coastal Oregon”

Sunset Bay State Park
Ranked #418 of 2,281 things to do in Oregon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed October 9, 2012

By looking at our map I thought that the 12 miles from Coos Bay to Sunset Bay State Park would be beautiful, coastal countryside....But it was not! It was 12 miles of vacation homes and zillions of dumpy RV parks! Oh well, once your at the park, and Cape Arago, you forget that part....
Yes, the camp spaces are extremely close to one another, you really get to know your neighbors....And it was very crowded despite being mid week/off season...But all was quiet at bed time (no highway noise)......Until early mornings when the diesel trucks start pulling the RV's out....

The whole campground is kept clean and tidy, even the bathrooms...Hot showers that don't cost extra money sure is a nice touch.....Great hiking trails, especially the one along the coastal bluff to the Gardens....Loved the beach, and different kinds of trees we don't have here in Northern California...This is "berry picking" time in Oregon (mid-Sept.) and we munched away everyday....We met many, friendly, fellow travelers here...
An enjoyable stay all around....

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Reviewed September 17, 2012

We booked a stay at Sunset Bay State Park almost by accident. On the Oregon State website, this park was described as one of the most beautiful spots. I asked around and not one person I talked with had ever visited, so I did not know what to expect. What a mistake all of us have made by not visiting. The park spans over a large acreage and includes a park where you can camp or stay in a yurt, a golf course, cliffs and trails to explore, a beautiful bay that is perfect for sunsets, "nooks and crannies" for private picnics, and a Botanical Garden (parking is included in your stay at the park) that blew my mind it was so beautiful and included an award winning rose garden.

6  Thank khindsm
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights tent camping with reserved sites. The sites are very close together with little privacy. The sites are extremely small, so you must check your tent size with the tend pad size to make sure it will fit. It seemed like all the sites were next to bathrooms, which is good and bad. The bathrooms are kept very clean, and the sites are as well. It is a noisy campground because it is crowded and full of families and pets. The noise ordinance of no loud noise after 10 is not enforced. I was in a group of 5 in 4 cars coming from 4 states. The rangers strictly enforced the "no more than 2 vehicles per site" law. We tried to pay to keep the extra vehicles on other sites that had only 1 vehicle, with the occupant's permission, but the cars were not allowed to be on the grass. The rangers circulate very routinely and do not allow any infringement on their laws for parking. we ended up paying for 2 sites so we could have a place to park. It is close to some amazing hiking and views, which is the only reason to stay here.

2  Thank Kim L
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Reviewed August 29, 2012 via mobile

Got here on a weekend night. Park was fully booked. Campsites were close together with the tents near the RV sites. The campsites themselves were immaculately clean for such a busy place. We got there late and had no problems with our reservation booked through reserveamerica. Our site was right next to the bathrooms but wasn't overtly loud and did not smell bad. The restrooms were very clean and they had hot showers, average wait time was about10 min. for a shower. We slept great until about 7am, when all the kids and dogs in the RVs started waking up. There is a beach nearby that was lightly populated for great sunset watching. Not a campsite to stay at if you want to get away from it all. Great campsite to stay at if you don't mind lots of people and dogs.

4  Thank Lyssah V
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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.

4  Thank RazorTraveler
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