Pets allowed
Allowed
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

State Park Fee

Pros

Cape Lookout hike. Amazing campground. 5.5 miles of sandy beach.

Cons

Very crowded during summer peak.

Features

Campgrounds + Campsites
Showers
Amphitheater
Flushing toilets
Potable water
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas
Old-growth forest

Site type

Full hookups
Yurts

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Comments

05/20/2018
Loved this campsite so much! Falling asleep to the breathing ocean just over the hill was incredible!
07/01/2017
Here's a few shots that i took around Cape Lookout, Oregon last summer. Had a great time at the campground and adjoining areas and can't wait to return. I'll stay the full 2 weeks next time!
10/01/2017
These trails through classic coastal forest are very well maintained.
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