Harris Beach State Park was named after the Scottish pioneer George Scott Harris who settled here in the late 1880s to raise sheep and cattle. The park boasts the largest island off the Oregon coast and is great camping near Portland. Bird Island (also called Goat Island) is a National Wildlife Sanctuary and breeding site for such rare birds as the tufted puffin. The park offers sandy beaches interspersed with rocky outcroppings harboring interesting tide pools with their wide variety of life. Sea stacks dot the ocean just off shore.
-65 full-hookup sites
-25 electrical sites with water
-59 tent sites with water nearby
-Six yurts (three pet-friendly; see our Pets in Parks FAQ for more info)
-Flush toilets and hot showers
-Firewood for sale
-RV dump station
Can’t beat the beach.
I got there late so it was a tight squeeze. I took the first campsite I saw and never saw another free one while paying. It was not "quiet" but with a full campground I didmt expect it. There is a chance I only found a spot because the spot is smelled strongly of skunk. Regardless, I slept under a redwood and could hear the ocean so it checked my boxes. Also they had great warm showers, water access every couple of sites and toilets.
Harris Beach is the last state park campground before you hit California heading south. It has all the amenities you need, along with a lot of people, rv's, kids, views of the ocean, a beautiful beach, some minor nature trails, and is right in town.
Hiker/Biker camp area is fenced off and a little separated from the rest of camp which is nice. REI sponsored storage boxes, USB charging stations, Bike Tools and Rack are available along with shared fire pits, picnic tables and scatter bike racks. The area is fairly open to other hiker/bikers but with shade and close to the ocean.
One of the biggest highlights of the camp amenities is that the showers DON'T HAVE TIMED PUSH BUTTONS! Meaning you have to push the button every 35 seconds to keep the water flowing. It is just a regular shower knob so you can stand there like a normal person. Makes a huge difference after a long day of riding or hiking.
There is a lot of beach, and some minor nature trails leading down to it. There are some benches along the trails that make for great wine drinking spots. The main campground area is packed in mid-june even during the early part of the week. Lots of families, groups and RVS. Town is only a few blocks away so there seem to be quite a lot of people who make this a meet up for family reunions. Not really camping but a nice camp all the same. And despite it's location town there have been recent bear sightings so keep an eye out.
- Hot Showers & Flush Toilets
- Hiker/Biker storage boxes with USB Charging stations
- Bike Tools & Racks
- Fire pits, picnic tables and firewood available.
- Full wifi/cellular service
- Beach/Ocean Access
Oregon Hiker/Biker sites are $7-8
*Pro-Tip: Bring a nice camp pad. The ground in Hiker/Biker looks flat but is lumpy.
Great hookups for campers, there is also a large tent area. A separate parking lot is available for cars and trailers. There are spectacular ocean views and trails.
the ocean view is amazing like most of the oregon coast. our only issue with this campground was how popular it was. we went in february and all but the tent sites was packed. not much privacy, but still worth a visit.
Great tent camping spot. Very clean showers and restrooms that are conveniently located. The beach is just a walk away with many hiking trails to walk or climb on rocks. Brooks is just down the road and offers some awsome local shopping options.
Quick access to gorgeous coastal views and beach walks, yurts available, & playground for kids
Mostly R.V. s here, great facilities and free hot showers. Nearby to beautiful and lonely beaches! Stay in a yurt!
If you are very lucky, you can snag one of about four campsites with awesome ocean views (A21-24, C1). We weren't but our tent site (no hookups) did have a partial ocean view! The sites can vary greatly at this campground - we saw some with parking pads so small, it would be lucky for a Prius to fit in it but we continued to drive around to find the site we landed in that was very generous in size. You can make reservations at this park. There is a big difference in price for a tent site ($20) versus a full hookup (including sewer, which we did not need) for $30. Nice day use area with a beautiful beach (what Oregon coast beach is not beautiful?) and a great place to see a sunset (we took the Butte Trail for a high up view but I think I would have preferred being at beach level). Restrooms were clean with warm air dryers. I had read reviews that logging trucks from the nearby logging company were very noisy; we did not experience that but our site was closer to the ocean and there were sites that were closer to the highway.
Nicely located just a short walk to the beach, campsites are well maintained and have a woodsy feel to them. Conveniently located near town but not in town. Tide pools are a great learning experience for kids and during low tide lots of local ocean critters can be found under rocks and shallow pools.