So much to say about this place! We stayed in a yurt In this camp ground witch was a good decision because it rains often here. Loved our spot! We had plenty of space and we were right next to the trail that leads to the ocean. The ocean is quite and relaxing with not many people. We saw a bald eagle on the beach.Bathrooms and showers were okay and the camp ground over all was clean and quite. The town of Newport is interesting. Just a short maybe 10 minutes over a cute bridge. Lots of murals by the docks. If you go to Newport you have to go to the Rouge brewery and take a tour and eat at Moe’s. We also saw seals and went to a light house that was absolutely breath taking views of the ocean and a cobble stone beach. So much to do in this area. Loved our stay here and can’t wait to go back. We also had 2 dogs with us the entire team. Highly recommend Newport and the south beach camp ground.
This is the second time staying in and reviewing this campground. The first was in a yurt with my 82 year old pop, this time was with my best friend and his family; including his 3 year old. This trip was quite a bit different than the first.
This time we stayed in the tent specific loop H, loop I is also a tent specific loop. These are the deepest loops into the park, with zero hwy noise, and are off the paved road which continues graveled to the sites. The sites in these loops are WAY better than the others. The others in this huge campground are mostly R.V. sites and are crammed in like sardines. They do offer power and water hookups, although I did not see sewer at those sites. The tent sites, on the other hand are way bigger and are more spread out, with a little more privacy. Each of the sites have standard fire rings w/ grills, picnic tables, with dish water troughs and water bibs nearby.
Last stay I noted how the pit toilets in the yurt loop were outdated; not so for the tent loop. It was a newer lodge looking complex, with gender specific, clean, flushing restrooms, with running water. They also have the single, private shower rooms, with hot water that are free to guests, not timed, and there is a small changing area in each of the shower rooms. These had not been cleaned as early as I used them, but I could tell they were well maintained.
Within the campground there are a few trails, some wooded, some to the beach, and some are ADA paved interpretative. We utilized the nice little trail behind the sites that spits you out right at the updated play structure and grounds. We took another to the beach, each of the access trails are easily located on the main drag and range from 1/3 to 1/2 miles to the beach. Easy for most and just short enough for the little ones. The day use area can also be accessed via the "Cooper ridge trail", or stop off at the disc golf course on the way.
The only downsides to this campground are, even though this is one of the biggest campgrounds on the coast with hundreds of sites; it does fill up fast in the busy season. With that being said, there are people everywhere. That's not a big deal unless you are looking to get away from the crowds and have a quieter experience. This is definitely geared towards families and tourists checking out the beautiful Oregon coast. The other was the fog horn blowing in the distance into the wee hours. At first not a big deal, kinda cool, but every 10 seconds. I don't recall this last time, so I imagine it is just in use when the fogs in and you actually get used to it after a while.
All said a good place to go on the Oregon coast and it is very centrally located with many tourist opportunities nearby, including: The Newport aquarium, old town Newport and the Rogue brewery. There are also many more just south of the campgrounds. Stop in for a good stay near the beach with plenty to keep you busy.
South Beach State Park is great for families. They have an excellent Junior Ranger program and 2-3 ranger lead activities per day each weekend throughout the summer. The Foghorn Amphitheater has a fire pit and screen for evening presentations. Big yurts and RV spots. Two play structures for big and little kids. Large paved paths to the beach make it great fir bikes, strollers, and wheechairs. The last bit of path to the accessible viewing area unfortunately was covered in sand and therefore not truly accessible. I recognize that it must be challenging to maintain however, it was really sad to see a once spectacular accessible viewing spot covered in four feet of sand. fair warning - lots of mosquitoes Otherwise this is a fantastic campground.
Tent sites don't have much privacy. And the walk to the beach is crazy long! It said 1/2 mile, but that was just the paved path. There was then at least another 1/4 through loose sand, uphill. That just takes you to the top of a hill where you can finally see the water. Then you have to walk down and all the way out.
Showers were great and clean.
Ggreat campground. Hosts are few and far between. Handicap shower was broken the whole winter (showerhead needed replaced) simple fix but never done.
The yurt sites are big enough for a tent also. Short walk to the beach. There are lots of things to visit within a short drive.
The sites we had were pretty large, so lots of space for tents! It was a very nice state park, a little bit of a walk to the beach. Probably about a half of a mile or so, but i really enjoyed the walk whenever i wanted to go to the beach.
Walking distance to the beach. Ranger led activities in the summer. Paved path to the jetty and from there access to the Mark Hatfield Aquatic Center, Rogue Brewery, Oregon Coast Aquarium, and Newport Harbor. Lots of things to do within a short drive. Check out the guided kayak trips offered through the forest service on Beaver Creek.