Cape Lookout

Cape Lookout State Park is one of the best campgrounds on the North Oregon coast. It is a popular camping site and has a day-use area that offers a beautiful panorama of the Pacific Ocean. Plus visitors have easy access to the beach. The park is located between Netarts Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Beachcombers flock to the area and often find glass floats there. Beach lovers will definitely love walking by the shore with their feet digging in the sand and the relaxing sea breeze brushing their faces.

Speaking of walking, Cape Lookout has several walking trails available for visitors of the state park. One of which is the Cape Lookout Trail, a two mile trail that winds through lush forest. A bench awaits you at the trail’s end. It offers a spectacular view of the ocean where you might be able to see a whale passing through.

Then there’s the Nature Trail for those who want to take a closer look at the flora Cape Lookout has to offer. There are numbered markers along this trail that key with the trail guide. Lastly, there’s the Jackson Creek Trail. This trail starts with signage describing the local salmon restoration project and the area’s indigenous foliage. This trail is steep and can be slippery in some areas.

The Cape Lookout State Park is just an hour and a half drive from Portland. To get there, guests pass by the scenic Wilson River Pass. Stop along the way to enjoy the beautiful waterfalls and do some fishing while you’re there. Hang gliders and paragliders are usual sights in Cape Lookout. It’s a perfect site to catch thermals to fly through the sky. Look out for one of the groups offering rides on a glider above the state park.

Within Cape Lookout State Park are several amenities that you can reserve for your group, such as the meeting group hall and the picnic shelter. The park charges a daily day-use fee of $5 or you can opt for a twelve month permit for $30 or a 24-month permit for $50. The State Park has 38 full hookups, one electric, 13 yurts, 173 tents, hiker/biker camp, and three deluxe cabins with bathrooms and kitchen. Services include camping, group tent, group shelter, bird watching, fishing, hiking trails, historic programs, marine, historic trails, wetland, restrooms, marine mammal watching, beach access, waterways, rock formations, nature programs, and a lot more.

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