First time to stay at the Cape Lookout Campground. Stayed way in the back on D Loop (#78 or close to that) and it was quiet, freshly graveled, nice fire ring, close to washrooms. Would stay again. Some sections are remarkably open with little privacy so would consult park map when booking or when you arrive and drive around to have a look before choosing spot.
Lovely beach. Nice long walks available.
If Cape Lookout is full we have stayed at Whalen Island a few times before and granted it is essentially a small field next to the water, if you are self contained, this is a great spot to stay at.
The hike out to the Cape is lovely for what it is, a walk in the forest with a great vantage point at the end. Beautiful vistas. My teenage son had no problems doing the hike but admittedly was a bit disappointed with the final destination after having heard our family speak so much about this hike. I still enjoy this hike. What I don't recommend is that you climb over the barriers at the end of the Cape Lookout trail, which we did not do this hike but have in the past. What you will find at the bottom is a long sea cave with marine life in it. The barriers are there because the trail is steep and dangerous, but if you did ... Yes, I know, my bad for suggesting this option but I have always hoped that Oregon State Parks would build a staircase down with railings because the sea cave below is fantastic. The path is well worn and has been used by many, many hikers in the past but it would be so worthwhile investing in a sanctioned trail with railings.
Still love the 3 Capes Scenic Route and Cape Lookout, hike and campground, will continue to stop and enjoy this great part of the Oregon Coast.
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