Cape Lookout State Park campground

The campground at Cape Lookout State Park provides access to an undeveloped 7-mile section of sandy beach – perfect for beach walks, kite flying, and sunset viewing.

  • Cape Lookout campground
  • Cape Lookout campground
  • Cape Lookout campground
  • Cape Lookout campground
  • Cape Lookout campground

 

Cape Lookout was formed 15 million years ago when massive lava floods flowed down the Columbia River and fanned out down the coastline, hardening into basalt headlands. The headland at Cape Lookout juts 2 miles into the ocean, providing sweeping views of the coastline to the north and south. The campground is located on a strip of land between the Cape and Netarts Bay, and is separated from the beach with a foredune to protect the park from winter storms.

Cape Lookout campground

Highlights

This is a large campground with a focus on tent campsites, but there are also full-hookup sites for RVs as well as yurts and cabins. My favorite section is the end of the A and B loops where there are tall trees to camp under and shrubs providing privacy between the sites. There are also a lot of grassy sites that are in the open if that’s your preference. The C and D loops have a mix of RV sites and tent sites, and most have good tree cover and privacy.

Amenities at Cape Lookout include showers with hot water, a recycling center, and firewood available for sale. Beach access is easy via short trails over the foredune that separates the campground from the oceanfront.

Cape Lookout campground

Campground info

  • Location: North Oregon Coast – Google map
  • Campground & park info: Cape Lookout State Park
  • Campsite cost: tent sites – $23 per night; RV sites – $35 per night
  • Season: open all year (with partial campground closures in the winter)
  • Facilities: 170 tent campsites; 38 full-hookup campsites; 13 rustic yurts; 6 deluxe cabins; hiker/biker camp
  • Amenities: potable water, flushing toilets, showers, picnic tables, fire pits, ranger-led activities in the summer
  • Nearby town for supplies: Tillamook (10 miles) – gas stations, restaurants, grocery stores
  • Reservations: available up to six months in advance at Reserve America

Hiking trails near the campground

Cape Lookout hike

There are several hiking trails that are accessible from the campground, including the popular Cape Lookout Trail as well as two segments of the Oregon Coast Trail. The North Trail begins in the park’s day use area and goes up steeply through coastal forest to the Cape Lookout trailhead, while the South Trail begins at the top of the cape and descends steeply via switchbacks to a secluded beach on the south side of Cape Lookout. Another option is a beach hike on Netarts Spit, which separates the ocean from Netarts Bay.

For more info, see my trip reports for the Cape Lookout Trail and Netarts Spit.

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