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Tyson Gillard | 06.26.2013

Welcome to summer.  May the camping season begin!

It’s time to pack your bags, dust off the tent, and make sure you have s’more fixings to last you through the night.  Although the daylight hours are long, the heat of summer hasn’t yet arrived.  It’s still too early to casually float down rivers or jump into opal lakes, and the winter snows haven’t fully melted, but there are numerous low-elevation destinations that are ready to visit, and it’s an especially good time to relax by the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

The northern Oregon and southwest Washington coast is sculpted by intense basaltic outcroppings, scoured sandstone, and eroded cliff lines.  It can be easy to forget that we are fortunate enough to live next to one of the most dramatic and pristine coastlines in the world.

To share with you our enthusiasm for our beaches, we’ve prepared a guide of the coast's best campgrounds.  Check them out, make your reservation, and start enjoying the summer!

Most kid friendly: Fort Stevens State Park Campground

Most unexpected + things to do: Cape Disappointment State Park Campground

Most accessible: Barview Jetty County Park Campground

Best crabbing + nearby ‘town’ amenities: Nehalem Bay State Park Campground

Best cabins + adjacent hiking: Cape Lookout State Park Campground

Best beach and access to tide pools: Beverly Beach State Park Campground

Best yurts: South Beach State Park Campground


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