This a great spot if you have older kids who like to ride bikes. Not a ton of privacy at the camp sites, but you can hang by your fire and watch your kids ride laps around the campground loop. Great Beach here also and close proximity to the Aquarium and Rogue Ale house.
To begin, this campground is very clean and I enjoyed the hiking trails around the campground.
Unfortunately, we were not fond of our campsite (I7). We were extremely close to the sites next to us and we were able to see and hear everything that everyone else was doing. Additionally, the bathroom is located fairly far away from this site.
The walk to the beach is 1/2 mile and starts off paved and leads into paths through sand dunes. We were hoping that the beach would have been a bit closer.
Overall, I would not recommend this campground if you are looking for a quiet/private camping experience.
[ PROS ]
- Big interpretive/visitor center. It was closed during offseason but I hear the Rangers host lots of fun activities for kids
- There is a hospitality center where you can purchase firewood ($5), bags of ice, along with other fun gift items. You can also pick up brochures, maps, and other helpful information about the park's activities
- Lots of hiking and equestrian trails around
- Beach trail access that takes you right to the coast
- FREE HOT SHOWERS!! Woot woot! I'm from CA so most CA State Parks have pretty sad showers that you have to pay for. This was such a treat for us.
- Clean restrooms, plenty of stalls, ample toilet paper, soap dispenser. The restroom facilities are really nice!
- Close to Rogue Brewery. We went on a day trip to visit the brewery, enjoy some local brews, and have lunch. The place has so much fun merchandise and beer for souvenirs.
[ CONS ]
- Really crowded campground. We came during offseason (mid-November) and the place was still mobbed. We were on a 2-week camping road trip and all the other campgrounds we visited along the way were really empty, this place looked fully occupied as far as the eye can see.
- Individual sites are pretty small and close together. Not the worst I've experienced, but I was definitely wishing for a little more space
- Not many tent sites. Only 60 tent sites and 227 electrical sites. We ended up getting an electrical site (based on availability) so we were surrounded by large RVS all around.
Definitely felt like town camping. Sites are close with limited privacy. Sitting around the campfire, we could see into other people's trailers. We took a drive around and decided the outside sites next to the nature trails would be better than in any of the loops. It was perfect for our Newport plans though! Very close to town, jetty, dock and beach.
The South Beach State Park Campground is at the mouth of the Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon. The first thing you'll notice is the wind on the way in. Generally, north to south in the summers, the wind is strong, always strong, like 30 mph or more pretty much all the times according to the locals. It felt like it was raining, but it was just water being blown off the ocean. However, once you're in the campground you don't notice it at all since it is well protected by surrounding dunes and tree line.
There is a Tim Burton-esque trail system surrounding the camp leading out in all directions to the beach and bay. Some trails are blacktopped, some sand, and some horse accessible. Google maps struggled to get me to the correct entrance so pay a little more attention when arriving.
My visit was during Oregon Parks day so camping was free. The Hiker/Biker area is just inside the camp entrance across from the hospitality yurt where you can get hot tea, coffee, ice cream, wood bundles, stickers and Oregon Parks merchandise. The camping (all of it) area itself is pretty open with minimal privacy or separation from your neighbors, but everything is very clean and organized.
The campground was packed, and the RV/Tent area was essentially a parking lot. It seemed like a lot of families to come to the same place, the same weekend every year. However, it was a well regulated, and well behaved campground. The nice thing about this campground is the location. There are hiking trails, beach access, and it is close to all the amenities of Newport. Once you left the camp on a trail you could wander the trees without seeing anyone for awhile if you needed to get away.
Hiker/biker area had faux fencing built up to separate sites and wood platforms to get tents off the ground which I haven't seen in any other hiker/biker camps. The fences were a bit weird but made it easy to lock up a bike, hang some laundry and would a good stop if I were traveling with a hammock.
- Camp Store
- Storage box with usb charging station
- Raised wood platforms for tents
- Flush toilets
- Hot free showers
- Access to beach & trails
- Walking distance to Rogue Brewery, Yaquina Bay State Park, South Beach State Park,
- Bike Stand and tools
- Fire pit and picnic tables
Pro-Tip: In Newport, just across Yaquina Bay, is the Newport Bike Shop. It is one of the few bike repair shops along the coastal Oregon Route. If you get a $35 bike tune up you can take a break in their upstairs lounge with tv, wifi, fridge with beverages, and washer/dryer.
This campground is full of folks! It’s not remote if that is what you are looking for, but the location can’t be beat. They also have yurts and RV spots as well as tent camping. Great bike/walk path and paths to the ocean. Close to the aquarium and lighthouses. Lots to see and great town.
The campground was very crowded, but I liked the open space behind our campsite. The loop road was pretty narrow for navigating a large trailer or rv. Lots of trails for hiking to the beach that are mostly paved.
Great location! Close to downtown and bayfront of Newport, but within walking distance to the ocean and hiking trails. Great for crabbing off the docks and fishing off the jetty!
Its a large campground and it's usually booked up year round so reserve in advance! The bathroom showers can be used by pacific coast hikers for a small fee. Bathrooms were clean. Weve camped and stayed in a yurt. Both were great. Checkin was a breeze for the yurt and all staff and volunteers were great.
Much larger campground with several loops. Very popular for RVs with several camp hosts that patrol frequently. Overall nice spot with lots of amenities available, nice restrooms and showers!