Where to Camp Closest to the Beach on the Oregon Coast
With campgrounds in state and county parks, national forests, private RV parks, yurts and cabins galore, there are plenty of places to camp along the coast. But if you don’t feel like hiking or crossing the 101 to wade through the waves, here are some spots to sleep closer to the sand. (Book at recreation.gov for state forests or reserveamerica.com for state parks.)
Cape Town Lookout
Just north of the cape itself, the campground has pitches nestled in the trees and others on a grassy stretch separated from the beach by a road and dune. Nothing is far from the sand, where campers sometimes gather at sunset and cheer as the golden orb dips below the horizon, but the main sites are B50, A51 and A52, just off a footpath. access to the beach and with some shade.
With a playground, horseshoe pits, disc golf, biking and hiking trails, a pier, convenience store, pedestrian access under the bridge to Rogue Brewery and the Seashore Aquarium. Oregon, and nearly 300 campsites, you might completely miss the beach at this Newport state park.
Beachside State Recreation Site
This Oregon State Parks campground adjoins Wakonda Beach, just south of Waldport. Most narrow sites offer some shade, but don’t aim. 63 for maximum sun and easy sand stumbling.
In the Siuslaw National Forest near Yachats (one mile south of Beachside), the sites are perched on a small rise. Although not right next to the beach path, sites 41, 43, 44, and 46 offer water views and a bit more privacy.