Harris Beach Campground lies just north of the Oregon/California border on the coast. It's proximity to both the coastline and riverside attractions of southern Oregon is one of the reasons why it makes for a great stay. Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor is a stunning section of coast that is worth all the time you can afford to give it. The campground itself sits above Harris Beach, which has no shortage of sea stacks, beachy real estate, and awesome tide pools, all in quick walking distance from your camping spot for the night. The site was settled by the George Harris, Scottish pioneer back in the 1880s. While it was originally settled for sheep and cattle use, it serves as a great spot to view birds just past the shore on Goat (Bird) Island, Oregon's largest coastal island.
Daytime attractions of the coast in the surrounding area, as well as the rivers nearby will make sure you are entertained before nightfall. But the amenities at Harris Beach State Park Campground ensure it is a superb spot to rest up before the next adventure. Hot water showers in big, spacious bathrooms are a luxury, especially during the cold and rainy months. For the kids, a large playground in the center of the campground is sure to keep their legs moving. Seeing as the beach is only a short walk away, think of it as an extension of the campground itself. You can't go wrong setting up some beach chairs and lawn or sand games in the soft sand. Keep an eye open for migrating gray whales breaching the surface close to shore.
The sites at Harris Beach are all similar in size and view for the most part. All sites are surrounded on three sides by vegetation, which adds some privacy to this large campground. The only sites that vary vastly from the norm at Harris beach are the sites along the entrance road. These sites differ from the rest in that they offer a fantastic view of the horizon across the Pacific during the day. They may have minimal incoming road noise, but their elevated view onto the Pacific at sunset will be worth any trouble.
The campground also offers six yurts (one pet friendly) to beat the weather and provide extra privacy. They yurts are heated and have plenty of room for family and friends. A large bunk bed can sleep a few people, while a futon provides an extra sleeping surface. For what it's worth, there is room for a couple of sleeping pads on the floor as well. A bench, small table, and a few chairs are the only other furniture items in the yurts. One outlet and an overhead light are provided, but the skylight will provide plenty of light in during the day.
Later winter and early spring are beautiful but rainy, and tent sites are frequently muddy. Try to reserve a site ahead of time, and consider a yurt for the winter months, as most of the sites on the western half of the campground are less covered by a tree canopy. The area will be gorgeous even in the rain, however, with the moody coast begging to be explored in your thickest wool sweater.
One tent site and one yurt are ADA accessible. After October 1, the only reservable sites are A21, A23, A25, A27 and the entire C loop. D loop opens for reservations April 1. The rest of the campground opens for reservations just before Memorial Day.
During the reservation closures, the remainder of A loop, B and D loops are open on a first-come, first-served basis with all site types available.