Despite its close proximity to Portland, the Cape Meares and Cape Lookout area just west of Tillamook remains one of the most pristine and tranquil coastal getaways on the Oregon coast. There are several reasons for this: the two capes are hidden off of US Highway 101, most urbanites head north to Cannon Beach and Seaside (lured by the idyllic coast town vibe and artistic boutiques) and the Cape Lookout Campground is more attractive to tent campers rather than RVs.
Beyond the campground, the state park has a little bit of everything for the summer recreational enthusiast. Highlights include over 5 miles of unobstructed sandy shore that's perfect for beachcombing, enjoying a relaxed day-use and picnic area perched right above the park’s beach, and hiking the 7.3 miles of trails through old-growth coastal forest. Perhaps its best feature, and one of Oregon’s most picturesque day hikes, is the 2.4-mile stretch of trail out to the tip of Cape Lookout.