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“Great place for families.”

South Beach State Park
Ranked #11 of 50 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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Salem, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
86 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Great place for families.”
Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

We camped here in late July with our kids & their friends for a total of 5 teens. The park had organized activities twice per day, but they were really more geared to younger kids. We did a lot of hiking the trails & walking to the beach & our kids still enjoyed hanging out/playing at the playground in the campground. There are lots of kids riding bikes all through the park too & the park does require all kids under 16 to wear a helmet.
There are a lot of fun activities close by & we chose to go
To the Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center on Saturday. Our kids had a good time with all the hands-on displays but paid very little attention to the science part of them.
Overall experience in the campground was very good & I guess my only complaint is that you are right next to your neighbors with little to no privacy. The campsites are pretty much right on top of each other & all full. The hospitality center is a must-visit as they have friendly people, loaner games, books & puzzles as well as free coffee!

Visited July 2013
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Corvallis, Oregon
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Plenty of parking”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

It had been a number of years since I had been to this park, so I was surprised by the big sand dune between the parking lot and the ocean! There were plenty of places to park on a Saturday morning in July. The restrooms are small, but there are flush toilets. I chose it hoping to find an easy walk to the ocean for my elderly parents, but the sand dune made it a bit difficult. They did make it, and enjoyed walking on the beach. The sand hill made it a bit difficult, especially on the way back after they were tired. We took a folding stool for my dad to sit on when he got tired, and he managed to walk all the way to the jetty with many short rest stops.

Visited July 2013
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California
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Another Great Oregon Park”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

We stayed here for 5 days during the 4th of July week, and on the weekend it was extremely crowded. During the week it quieted down a lot. This is a primarily an RV oriented facility, there are about 8 loops total. All of them are paved with partial hookups, except the last 2 loops, which are gravel roads with no hookups. The layout is weird, you drive in down a long straightaway, and turn off the main road to the remainder of the loops. Therefore, if you are on this straightaway, especially near the entrance, you will get a lot of traffic going by, especially on the weekend. If you had to be on that straight section, pick the outer side, facing the ocean. Otherwise, get off that main road. Those last 2 loops, despite being gravel, looked very interesting. Very isolated, no hookups, so if you can dry camp, it might be a good place (generators are prohibited). The restrooms were so-so, not dirty, but somewhat outdated. What really struck us was the number of hosts and rangers in the park. I can't tell you how many times I saw rangers both driving and walking the park. And, on that busy weekend, we saw the local sheriff drive through often as well. Overall, a nice park, and a testament to how much Oregonians value their campgrounds.

Visited July 2013
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Brisbane
Level 6 Contributor
179 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
“Needs a little TLC”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

We stayed at the South Beach State Park Camping Ground. It is huge and the weekend we were there there was hardly a spot not occupied. The sites are a little tight for big rigs and all are back in. There are no sewer hook up sites, just electric and water.

Although there seem to be quite a few park hosts the sites are all in need of a clean up, they are quite overgrown with weeds and our site had a distinct doggy smell!!

The beach is a short walk from the camp ground.

Visited June 2013
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Titusville
Level 6 Contributor
1,666 reviews
1,103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,329 helpful votes
“The Jetty”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Our experience is limited to the Jetty portion of the three components of this State Park. The day were there the wind was blowing a gale so no biking, which was our intent. The Jetty offers a great view of the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse as well as the Yaquina Bay Bridge. There are large rocks along the roadway and warning signs all over the place regarding safety issues when leaving the parking area. A path leads to the beach. Be prepared for much cooler weather by wearing layers of clothing. We observed little kids wearing t-shirts while their parents sported sweatshirts...it was to be a short visit I am sure. It is a great place to watch for boats going up and down the canal and if you are fortunate a grey whale or two.

Visited June 2013
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