When we stayed: Mid-May, Friday-Monday
Overall experience: off the beaten path, hands down would go back again for the privacy and epic ocean views.
Doesn't take Reservations: the campground doesn't allow you to reserve sites online. It's a fairly small park so we were worried about not finding a site on a weekend so we had backup reservations at another campground, but Cape Blanco was nearly empty all weekend!!
Camp Sites: some of the largest sites I've seen in a camp ground, all in the woods. None of them had ocean views but were sheltered from wind and sun.
Bathrooms: clean, but the shower was kinda chilly and misted everywhere.
The Best Part: a short walk for incredible views of the ocean, I'd drink my morning coffee on a cliff overlooking the ocean. A beautiful 1-mile walk takes you to the lighthouse.
Beach Access: you do have to drive down a steep road to get to the beach, but once you're there it's empty and gorgeous. Lots of big rocks to explore.
I have been camping at Cape Blanco State Park for years. This campground is located on the Southern Oregon coast outside of Port Orford, OR.
The campground does not take reservations and can have low availability during peak summer season. Cabins are available to reserve. The campground has free showers, flush toilets, sinks, firewood for sale, and beach access. The sites have full hookups, fire pits, tables, and very long paved drives. A bikers' camp, group camp, and horse camp are also available.
It is very windy here, but the plants surrounding the sites keep out most of the coastal wind and also provide plenty of privacy from other sites. Be prepared for cold weather and misty air. Dump station is under construction and not open for use right now.
A great place to camp along the gorgeous Oregon coast and everything there is to do in Port Orford. If you are hiking the Oregon Coast Trail, this is a great spot to take a break, or to spend a weekend camping and also enjoying nearby activities. I appreciate the campground has recylxing, and a dog-friendly cabin if you want to stay with your pet. Dogs love the beaches nearby! You are just 17 minutes to fun Port Orford stops like the One Lump Or Two coffee shop (which sells model airplane gear in the front of the shop-- small town quirks!) and Redfish Grill.
One of the hilights of our visit was when we went kayaking with South Coast Tours in the waters off Samuel H. Boardman State Park and you can see some amazing things at low tide, like starfish, sea urchins, harbor seals, and lots of mussels. At higher tides they'll take you through sea caves and some of the arches near Nelly's cove. We also did some really nice hikes. My favorite in the area was down to Secret Beach!
GREGIRY JUNO 3D HYDRO PACK REVIEW
As a Dyrt Ranger, sometimes I get to review camping gear. On this trip, I brought along my new Gregory Juno 3D Hydro Pack. It was really roomy, and in addition to three liters of water also held all the clothes I needed for four days, including warmer, bulkier layers. My sneakers fit nicely in the stretchy front mesh pocket and the generous side mesh compartments were plenty big enough for snacks.
I love how comfortable this pack is, with padded breathable straps and the "vapor span" design to the back that keeps you from getting too sweaty while alao providing cushioning. As a 5'6 size 8-10 gal, I was really pleased with the fit. The bag sits nicely on my hips and stops short of my neck.
The hydro pack is sturdy and easy to use. I do wish this bag had a clearer place to put my laptop for when I'm traveling, but thats really my only complaint. I was pleasantly surprised by how many pockets there are, including an interior zipper pocket with key ring. The pockets are all a bright color that contrasts with the exterior, making it extra easy to look for you things. No dark cavernous interior swallowing your stuff!
Very pleased with my first Gregory pack. Its comfortable and thoughtdully designed in a way that far surpasses my big North Face backpacking pack. I definitely want to get more Gregory products in the future as I replace my older camping gear and invest in new pieces.
This is a beautiful place to enjoy the scenery. It's beautiful and quiet. Clean facilities with running water and hot showers. Make sure to bring weather appropriate clothing. It's always on the cooler/ chilly and windy side here.
Cape Blanco State Park is the hidden treasure of the Oregon Coast - maybe of all of Oregon. Each site is secluded with lovely hedges. The hikes through the forests are like taking a walk through a Tolkien novel with hanging moss, giant trees, ferns, mushrooms and meandering trails.
While this is a lovely place to visit during the day, at night the winds coming in off of the Pacific can be pretty harsh even in the middle of summer. Sleeping here in July was the coldest camping I have ever done that's not in winter.
A bit windy. …A lot of windy. but fantastic location and spots. Far walk from the beach at the site, but some very cool picnic areas, and a lot of privacy in the unique sites
Had an amazing time at the beach. The breach access is a one lane curvy road kind of scary to drive down. The camp host was very helpful. We visited the historic Hughes house that is on the park grounds. It was built in 1898 and they have tours. The lighthouse is the oldest on the Oregon coast and you can get a tour of it. There are a bunch of trails for people and horses. There are 4 rustic cabins and 58 camp sites. The horse camp has 8 spots. It is 9 miles from Port Orford and 28 miles from Bandon. The camp area is in the middle of large trees so the wind doesn't really hit you. We were a long ways away from the bathroom but it was extremely clean. It is a first come first serve campground except for the cabins. Park in the spot you want them go pay the camp host. www.oregonstateparks.org
Very nice campground with many things close by to do! I recommend going to and walking down to the beach or going on a hike.
The tent sites were great, but the cabins looked fabulous. (something different to try sometime!) The sites here really have a large amount of privacy compared to others on the coast. Facilities were clean and quite convenient from the sites. The beach and exploring opportunities were wonderful as well.