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Camping at Cape Lookout State Park

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Cape Lookout State Park is a scenic ocean-side campground and day-use area located on the Oregon Coast, providing visitors with an array of outdoor activities and stunning natural beauty. Famous for its sandy beaches, hiking trails, and proximity to the iconic Cape Lookout headland, this park is a popular destination for campers, hikers, beachcombers, and nature enthusiasts.

Camping Facilities

Reservations: Campsites at Cape Lookout State Park can be reserved in advance, and it is highly recommended to book ahead of time, especially during peak seasons. Reservations can be made online through the Oregon State Parks reservation system or by phone.

Types of Campsites:

  • Tent sites with nearby water access
  • Electrical sites with water and electrical hookups
  • RV sites with full hookups (including sewer, water, and electrical)
  • Yurts, which are round, domed tents with more amenities like beds and heating
  • Group camping sites for larger gatherings

Campsite Amenities:

  • Restrooms with flush toilets and showers
  • Picnic tables and fire rings at each campsite
  • Access to fresh water
  • Dump stations for RVs
  • Playgrounds for children


Hiking: Cape Lookout State Park boasts over eight miles of hiking trails. The most prominent is the Cape Lookout Trail, a 5-mile round-trip hike that traverses through old-growth forests to a cliffside viewpoint with breathtaking views.

Beachcombing and Tidal Pools: The park features more than three miles of beaches, perfect for walking, beachcombing, and investigating tidal pools.

Whale Watching: During migration seasons, typically from December to January and again from late March to June, the park is an excellent spot for whale watching.

Fishing and Crabbing: The nearby Netarts Bay is known for crabbing and clamming, while surf fishing can be enjoyed from the beach.

Park Regulations

  • Quiet Hours: Quiet hours are typically enforced from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Pets: Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash and under control at all times.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol consumption is permitted within your campsite or picnic area, but public intoxication is not tolerated.
  • Fires: Campfires are allowed only in designated fire rings, and fire restrictions may apply during dry conditions.

Weather and Packing Tips

The Oregon Coast is known for its variable weather conditions. Mist and fog are common, and it can be cool even in the summer.

Packing Essentials:

  • Layered clothing for cool and warm weather
  • Waterproof outerwear
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Camping gear if not staying in a yurt or RV
  • Binoculars for bird and whale watching

Nearby Attractions

  • Tillamook Cheese Factory: A short drive inland, visitors can tour the factory and sample famous cheeses.
  • Three Capes Scenic Route: Cape Lookout State Park is part of this spectacular coastal drive that includes Cape Meares and Cape Kiwanda.
  • Tillamook Air Museum: An interesting spot for aviation and history enthusiasts.


Cape Lookout State Park provides a quintessential Oregon Coast camping experience with its lush forests, majestic headlands, and expansive beaches. Whether you're there to enjoy the serenity of nature, explore the tidal pools, or hike along the rugged cliffs, it offers a memorable adventure for all types of travelers. Remember to book your campsite in advance, respect the park rules, and prepare for the capricious coastal weather to make the most of your visit.

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