Guide To Camping In Oregon
A wide variety of camping can be found at the many fine state parks in Oregon. Everything from a leisurely stroll through the woods, to fishing for sea bass to hang gliding over dunes by the ocean is available to visitors at the more than 300 state parks in this beautiful state.
Fort Stevens State Park
Located 15 miles west of Astoria, Fort Stevens State Part offers over 100 full hookups as well as well laid out tent sites. Covering 3,700 acres the park includes three lakes allowing paddle boats, canoeing, fishing, and swimming. The historic fort and underground gun battery will be a delight to military buffs. As well as fun by the beach, visitors can also enjoy nine miles of bicycle trails and hiking trails covering over six miles.
South Beach State Park
This state park is just two miles south of Newport and is a campground for true beach lovers. It only takes a short walk to enjoy beautiful views of the ocean while fishing for sea bass. Be sure and visit the Yaquina Head lighthouse while there.
Beverly Beach State Park
Seven miles north of Newport one can find Beverly Beach State Park and camp under a sprawling awning of huge trees. An underground walkway leads to the beach where visitors can view both the Yaquina Head lighthouse and Otter Rock lighthouse. There is a playground on the grounds of the park but if you prefer a different kind of fun, the north beach has great surging. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a short drive from the park.
Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park
Located three miles south of Florence, this park lies within the Dunes National Recreational Area and is beside the ocean. Two miles of dunes lie between the campground and the ocean and make a great picnic area. Lake Woahink offers fishing for trout, crappie and bass and also has a swimming area.
Cape Lookout State Park
This state park twelve miles south of Tillamook includes a large sand spit that separates Netarts Bay and the Pacific Ocean. From here you can watch for whales or try your hand at hang gliding. Hiking trails abound and almost 40 full hoop are available for overnight stays.
Valley of the Rogue State Park
Located along the Rogue River, this state park is 12 mile east of Grants Pass and serves as a good entrance point to Crater Lake National Park. The park is very accessible as it is close to Interstate 5.