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15 Scenic State Parks Along The Oregon Coast

Highway 101 follows all the way along Oregon’s Pacific coastline and passes many scenic parks with RV sites.  The route continues north into Washington on the Olympic Peninsula (via the Astoria Bridge) and south into California as the famous Pacific Coast Highway.

These parks are an easy stop off Route 101 in Oregon and have campsites available for RVs, among other amenities.

1. Fort Stevens State Park

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Photo: TripAdvisor

Fort Stevens is at the northernmost tip of the Oregon coast along the Columbia River (which separates Washington State).  The park was a U.S. military defense installation for 84 years, and you can still see the old fort and concrete gun batteries.

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The park now has a popular campground with full hookup sites, beautiful hiking trails and beaches.  It’s also the site of a century-old shipwreck, the Peter Iredale—the remains of the old bow and masts can still be seen sticking up out of the sand. Read more about Fort Stevens State Park

2. Nehalem Bay State Park

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On the Northern Coast, this gorgeous park is nestled between Nehalem Bay and the Pacific Ocean on a four mile long sand spit.  The campground has level RV sites, water/electric hookups, bathrooms, showers, and a dump station.  It’s also a short drive to the local shops and restaurants in Manzanita.

3. Cape Lookout State Park

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Photo by gcmenezes on Flickr

Cape Lookout State Park is one of three parks along the Three Capes Scenic Route, a 40 mile coastal byway off Highway 101.  Of the three parks, Cape Lookout is the only location with RV sites available.  The campground includes full hookups, a dump station (closed in the winter), and hot showers.  They additionally have a picnic area and hiking trails you can use during the day.

It’s also a prime spot to see whales off the coast during the winter and spring.  While you’re in the area, make a trip into Tillamook and tour their cheese and ice cream factory.

4. Beverly Beach State Park

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Photo: Rick Obst on Flickr

Beverly Beach’s campground is one of the largest in Oregon.  It has over 250 private sites spaced out on eight loops in the woods, many along Spencer Creek.  There are full hookup sites (some with cable), water/electric sites including pull-throughs, over a hundred tent sites, and yurts available.

You can take a short pathway under the highway to reach the long sandy beach.  The park also has a picnic area and playground for families.

5. South Beach State Park

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Photo: Reba Bear on Flickr

South Beach Park provides another scenic place to park your RV while you see the attractions in Newport (on the Central Coast). Nearby you can visit shops and restaurants downtown, Rogue Brewery, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, exhibits at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, South Jetty, and a historic lighthouse at Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site.

The park itself has an idyllic beach, 9-hole disc golf course, and a paved jetty trail for joggers and bikers. Read more on RV Park Reviews

6. Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park

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Photo: Chuck M. on Yelp

Washburne Park is across the coastal highway with private campsites in the woods.  Most first-come, first-served sites are spacious and level, and have full hookups for $33 a night.

You can take a short path under the highway to the usually empty five mile long sandy beach. Elk can occasionally be spotted here, and rhododendrons bloom in the spring.

7. Jesse M. Honeyman State Park

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Photo via TripAdvisor

An underrated part of the Oregon coast is the dramatic sand dunes you can ride on with dune buggys (if you don’t have your own, many rentals are available along the coast).  Honeyman State Park has miles of sand dunes between the campground and ocean, hiking trails and shoreline along two freshwater lakes.

The park has a huge campground with over 350 sites for tents and RVs.  Amenities include full hookups, a dump station, and hot showers.

8. Umpqua Lighthouse State Park

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Photo: OCVA on Flickr

Umpqua Lighthouse State Park includes miles of the tallest sand dunes on the Oregon Coast (some reach a height of over 500 feet).  It’s also home to a historic lighthouse, and a campground along the beautiful Lake Marie.

The campground is open year round with full hookup and electric-only sites, yurts, and cabins.  You can swim, fish, and take a non-motorized boat out on the freshwater lake, or just take it easy along the sandy beach.

9. William M. Tugman State Park

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Photo by Debbie T, TripAdvisor

Tugman State Park is centered around Eel Lake and typically very quiet and peaceful.  The park has a campground with electric/water sites amongst trees, yurts, an RV dump station, and picnic tables.

Cast a line while you’re here—the lake is populated with bass and trout—or go swimming, boating, or kayaking/canoeing.

10. Sunset Bay State Park

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Photo via TripAdvisor

Sunset Bay State Park is the only park of three along the Cape Arago Beach Loop with RV accommodations.  In addition to a campground the park has scenic hiking trails that connect to the nearby Shore Acres and Cape Arago State Parks. 

The campground at Sunset Bay has full hookup sites, water/electric, tent sites, and cozy yurts available all year.  Campers can also use the boat launch, hot showers, and picnic areas.

11. Bullards Beach State Park

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Photo: K Kendall on Flickr

Bullards Beach Park is on the Southern Coast, just north of where the Coquille River meets the sea.  The campground has three loops in shore pine forest (with 103 full hookup and 82 electric-only sites) and thirteen yurts. The first two loops are closed for the winter, but Loop C remains open all year.

You can take a short pathway through open grassy field and sand dunes to access the beach.  It’s about a mile long and will give you amazing views of the Coquille River.  Bring a bike to ride on the sandy beach or just take a slow oceanside stroll.

The historic Coquille River Lighthouse is on the southern end of the park, at the end of Bullards Beach Road.  You can drive up to the lighthouse and get wonderful photos along a driftwood lined beach.  It’s open to visitors during the summer, usually from mid-May through September.

12. Cape Blanco State Park

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Photo: Terry F. on Flickr

On the Southern Coast, Cape Blanco State Park marks the westernmost point of Oregon.  The park has campsites with water/electric hookups, and miles of hiking trails, many with ocean views.

The park’s also home to a historic lighthouse that sits atop a coastal bluff, and the 1898 Hughes House, which was designed for a pioneer dairy farmer with beautifully restored Victorian architecture.  You can tour both the lighthouse and old home during the summer.

13. Humbug Mountain State Park

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Photo: VIsitor7 on Wikipedia
Visitor7, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Humbug Mountain State Park is another hidden gem on the Southern Oregon Coast.  This oasis is centered around Humbug Mountain and other peaks that protect the area from cold ocean breezes.  Electric-only sites are available along with a dump station, restrooms, and showers.

During the day you can take your pick among a variety of great activities: see the local shops in nearby Port Orford, hike up Humbug Mountain (elevation 1,762 feet—the highest mountain on the Oregon coast), relax on the beach, or partake in water sports like scuba diving and windsurfing.

14. Beachside State Park (also known as Beachside Recreation Area)

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Site 63 has an amazing ocean view. Photo: IdahoPug on TripAdvisor

Beachside Recreation Area is a smaller park on the Central Coast, a few miles south of Waldport and north of Yachats (both towns are destinations of their own).  The park has a long expanse of sandy beach and a campground only a short walk from the ocean.  It’s open seasonally from March 15-November 1, depending on the weather.

15. Harris Beach State Park

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Photo: Jody Valente on Flickr

Harris Beach State Park is home to the southernmost coastal campground in Oregon.  The sandy beaches have rocky tide pools to explore and massive sea stacks just off-shore.  You can sometimes spot gray whales off the coast when they’re migrating in the winter and spring, and the occasional harbor seals, California sea lions, and sea birds.

Check out this brochure for more information on the park, nearby attractions, and their campground map.  You can also read more tips from other RVers on RV Park Reviews.

See also: These 8 Scenic Campgrounds Have Amazing Pacific Ocean Views