October 5-11, 2015 – Cape Lookout State Park
It’s hard to believe it had been 10 years since I’d been in Oregon, as well as the last time I’d been on a beach! (2005 drive down the OR-CA coast with my mom)
Can you tell I’m a little excited to be on the Oregon Coast again?
What’s not to like about hanging out on the beach with sights like this? This was my favorite view while beach walking: Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge.
And the sunsets are pretty amazing to say the least!
I had to capture the sounds of the surf in order to fully convey the experience. This has just got to be one of the most soothing sounds on earth!
Even after the sun dropped below the horizon, the colors remained and I loved how they were reflected in the ripples on the sand.
Campfire on the beach at sunset – ahhhh!
Day Use Area:
The day use area is down the road from the campground entrance, but you can walk there on the beach. There are picnic tables, a covered pavilion for rent and one of the starts of the North Trail. There is a $5 fee to use this area.
Cabins are up the hill with gorgeous views of the beach.
My review of the Campground includes details on all loops, Pros/Cons, other reviews, etc.
Nearby attractions I visited:
(Lighthouse and easy, neat trails to old, huge spruce trees)
Cape Kiwanda – I waited for this sunset sipping a microbrew beachside and it turned out to be one of my favorite sunsets ever.
Oceanside Tunnel and Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge – How cool that you can walk through a little tunnel to get to beach views like this!
Cape Lookout Hike – Well, I really wanted to do this hike, but unfortunately, my schedule and the weather didn’t cooperate. I heard there is an amazing view from here that extends to Cape Foulweather and a plaque to a B-17 bomber that crashed into the cape in WWII, just a part of the rich history of the Pacific Coast.
Tillamook Cheese Factory – Cheese is food of the gods in my opinion and this is the place for you if you agree. Have lunch, tour the factory where you can watch the process of making cheese and buy all the varieties they make, and don’t forget the wonderful ice cream for dessert. Good size parking area for RVs.
Three Capes Scenic Loop: A 40 mile route that includes Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint — Cape Lookout State Park — Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area. I really enjoyed this little route that packs a lot of bang for the buck! It’s not really a loop anymore since the road is closed just north of Cape Meares because a mudslide washed out the road. As of 2015, there was no estimate as to when it might reopen, but the rest of the route can be accessed by going back and around this point.