Cape Lookout state park camping can be reached by traveling an hour and a half west of Portland through the scenic Wilson River pass. Along the way stop and enjoy waterfalls, scenic views and some great fishing. A popular campground and day-use area, Cape Lookout Campground is located on a sand spit between Netarts Bay and the ocean, giving you a terrific view of the ocean with convenient access to the beach.
I've been visiting Cape Lookout for years with my family (my partner and our dogs). This is by far the best campsite we've found on the coast. Bathrooms have semi-private showers and are conveniently located. Access to the beach is a short walk, and the hiking trails are amazing. We usually don't visit during the summer and even when a portion of the site is closed (sand accumulates on 'A' loop) we haven't felt like it was over packed. We personally prefer the A and B loops which are closest to the beach and feel like they have the most privacy. On that point, we love how much privacy is usually found between sites. For the most part, trees and bushes are substantial enough to make your site feel like you have your own sanctuary (we might be introverts).
The campground is great and has hot showers which is always great and it was free!!!! The squirrels are very aggressive and will go near food even if you are there so be prepared. The beach is so nice and the only people there are campers so not crowded at all!
Drive up camping. A bit crowded, but right on the beach. Easy walk to the beach.
This is my favorite place on the Oregon coast for camping. I've stayed at Cape Lookout over 15 times and will continue to do so every year. It's a large state park campground and is great for anyone who wants easy access to the ocean. The campground is located directly next to the ocean via a short walk over a small dune that separates the campsites from the beach. Amenities include hot showers (included in the campsite fees!) and well maintained bathrooms with flushing toilets. There's an amphitheater with ranger-led interpretive programs in the evenings and Junior Ranger programs for the kids. And, for hikers, there are several trails to explore, including one that goes the length of Cape Lookout. A connector trail from the campground goes up to the cape. Or, explore the seven-mile long beach all the way to Netarts Bay. Make sure to check the tides if heading this direction as part of the beach gets cut off at high tide. Campfire wood is delivered directly to your campsite via park staff who ride through the campground each evening in a golf cart. The campground is regularly patrolled by park rangers.
I was thrilled with the privacy of the sites at this campground! There were sites that we quite secluded, but the park still offered loads of activities lead by staff or hiking and beach going. The facilities were clean, warm, and individual. The yurts looked like a unique camping experience as well.
Cape Lookout is right on the coast and has something for just about everyone. There's an amphitheater, showers, backpacking sites, cabins, yurts, summer interpretive programs, covered group areas, a great beach and a a roughly 6-mile round-trip hike that puts you 2 miles out and 400 feet over the Pacific Ocean. I stood amazed at the views and, staying quiet, noticed migrating whales. The beach is windy, wild and unpretentious. The crashing waves at night should drown out most loud campers, allowed pets and somewhat nearby traffic.
It has a nice secluded beach and it was quiet at night.