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Overview

Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park is a scenic state park located on the central Oregon coast, five miles north of Florence, Oregon. Named in honor of a former Oregon Highway Commission member, the park offers an array of recreational activities with its beautiful beach and lush forest surroundings.

Location

The park is situated along Highway 101, with easy access for those traveling up and down the coast. It encompasses a large area on both sides of the highway, featuring beachfront on the west and a forested campground area on the east.

Camping Facilities

Tent Camping: The park provides tent sites in a wooded setting, offering a more secluded and intimate camping experience.

RV Camping: There are also full-hookup sites for RVs, including electric, water, and sewer connections, with a maximum length of 50 feet for RVs.

Yurts: For those seeking a more comfortable and unique experience, the park has yurts available for rental. These are round, domed structures with a plywood floor, lockable door, lights, heating, and beds.

Amenities: The facilities include restrooms with flush toilets and hot showers. There is also a dump station for RVs.

Activities

Hiking: The park features several trails that meander through the lush forest and along the beach. The Valley Trail is one of the main hiking trails that offers a chance to see local flora and fauna.

Beach Access: A long, sandy beach is accessible from the park, inviting visitors for beachcombing, tide-pooling, and enjoying the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

Picnicking: Day-use areas with picnic tables and BBQ stands are available for those looking to enjoy a meal outdoors.

Wildlife Viewing: The park is an excellent place for bird watching, and visitors might also see elk and deer in the forested areas.

Regulations

Fires: Campfires are usually allowed in designated areas, but be aware of any seasonal restrictions due to wildfire risks.

Pets: Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash.

Reservations: It's highly recommended to make reservations for camping, especially during peak summer months, as the park is a popular destination.

Alcohol: Alcohol consumption is permitted only within individual campsites or on the beach.

Accessibility

The park works to accommodate campers with disabilities; some facilities and campsites are designed to be accessible to those with mobility issues.

Local Attractions

Heceta Head Lighthouse: Just to the south of the park, this is a must-see historic lighthouse with breathtaking views.

Sea Lion Caves: North of the park, this is a privately owned wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary that features the largest sea lion cave in the United States.

Florence: Nearby Florence offers dining, shopping, and other cultural attractions like the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.

Contact Information and Reservations

For up-to-date information on camping fees, reservations, and any restrictions, visit the Oregon State Parks website or contact the park directly. Reservations can typically be made online or over the phone.

Before planning your trip, it's wise to check the current weather conditions and any travel advisories that might affect your stay at Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park.

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