A gorgeous and spacious first-come-first-serve state park on the S. OR Coast just ~10 miles north of Port Orford. If you love nature & lighthouses it doesn’t get any better than this!
Note/ Review updated as of last stay Sept, 2013
- Site Quality = 4.5/5
Very nice sites here with just a very few dings. On plus side sites are huge with LOTS of privacy, excellent separation (probably the best privacy of any state park we’ve been to!) and well protected from the crazy Cape Blanco weather. Sites are long paved back-ins with 50Amp/water and nice “sitting area” containing picnic table and fire-pit surrounded by green and trees. Sites on east of campground (~A12-A29) are more sunny than sites on heavily treed west side (A43-A53), but all provide excellent privacy and all are first-come-first-serve. The only dings are no full hookups and a few of the sites are somewhat unlevel. Also inner-facing sites are at right-angles to the road and not as easy to access for big rigs. The 6-mile road to the campground has a few rough spots, but is paved and easy to drive . Road access inside campground is good and sites are big enough for any sized rig.
- Facilities = 3.5/5
Good facilities here. Large flush toilets and warm showers with good pressure and kept nicely clean. Only ding is showers have those annoying timer-buttons and spray-heads. On-site picnic areas, river fishing, horse camp and group camp. Also on-site dump station, but it is currently out-of-order.
- Location = 5/5
Outstanding natural location here. You come to Cape Blanco to see the lighthouse and revel in the fabulous and wild nature of the cape. This is natural beauty in its’ rawest form with lots of empty hiking trails, 2 enormous (endless) beaches, tidepools, forest and all kinds of weather. There are several jaw-dropping view overlooks, picnic areas, and historic Hughes House. You are only ~10 miles from Port Orford which is a lovely old town with lots of historic interest and grocery/eating/shopping/RedBox etc., plus you are ~1/2 hour south of fabulous Bandon.
- Pet Friendliness = 5/5
Excellent location for doggie. Lots of space to hang out in camp, great hiking trails and miles (and miles) of free paw-friendly open space to roam on the beach. Most days you’ll be the only person on the beach!
Overall Rating = 4.5
BONUS ALERT: Stunning natural beauty plus gorgeous Cape Blanco Lighthouse on-site!
Summary: As far as natural beauty goes this is hands down our favorite state park campground on the entire OR coast. Cape Blanco is the western most point in OR and it is remote, wild and simply stunning! The campground itself is entirely first-come-first-serve, incredibly spacious with large sites separated by tons of space and privacy. Sites are long paved back-ins with picnic table, fire-pit and 50Amp/water. There is a 6-mile road to get here from Hwy 101 with a few bumps, but once you’re here you will be in your own world. Lots of hiking trails, dramatic cliffs, sweeping views, 2 enormous beaches, rivers, fishing, historic Hughes House and the lovely Cape Blanco Lighthouse. The campground is well protected, but be prepared for wind and crazy weather on your hikes and when that sun bursts out be ready to swoon from the sheer gorgeousness of it all. You are only ~10 miles from the old town of Port Orford which has some good eateries, groceries and historic interest, plus ~1/2 hour south of lovely Bandon. We absolutely loved it here, recommend it as a stop for everyone and will most definitely be back.
Extra Info: 1-2 bars of 4G LTE on Verizon (new this year 2013!) which was very stable with our Wilson Sleek booster. Weak 3G on Verizon (1-2 bars) which can vary from very poor to usable with external antenna/amp. Total 58 sites (50 amp/water). Sites cost $20/night in summer season, $16/night in off-season, all first-come-first-serve. On-site dump station, but it is currently out of operation (nearest dump $3 at Chevron in Port Orford).