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Old 08-01-2010, 10:24 AM   #1
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The Oregon Coast

Taking my new (to me) 16' Bambi on her inaugural road trip, and I'm looking for advice on a spectacular commercial or government campsite along the northern part of the Oregon Coastline - say 50 miles north or south of Canon Beach (or Canon Beach itself) Has anyone got a favourites spot - you know, one of those 'in your dreams' spots overlooking crashing surf etc?
We plant to continue on down to northern California and are looking for the same down there somewhere. As we are complete trailer life virgins, any and all advice greatly appreciated. We are now of the age where death marches up mountains with tents is not so appealing.
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Old 08-01-2010, 11:30 AM   #2
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The Oregon State Parks are the most trailer friendly that I have found.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department: State Parks Campgrounds

The Oregon coast is the most visitor friendly of the three west coast states. For a first stop I would recommend Fort Stevens State Park at the mouth of the Columbia. You won't find breath taking views of the ocean from your campsite, but you will find nice wooded campsites with full or partial hookups. The beach is just a hike or bike ride away. There are very nice bike and hiking trails through the woods and the historic old coast artillery fort, where the only attack against the continental US during WWII occurred. (if you don't count the incendiary balloons.)

There are more nice parks along the rest of the coast. Check the link above.

You are not apt to find a view as you have described for RV's although there are several resorts that rent rooms with that type of view.

Most of the coast line has been preserved for all to enjoy, with excellent views right from HWY 101.

This was not a paid announcement. In fact it comes from a native and 50 year resident of Washington state who now resides in Colorado.

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Old 08-01-2010, 11:30 AM   #3
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There's a good commercial campground in Cannon Beach—it's just east of one of the exits on the highway that is just east of the town. Sorry, can't remember the name. Check: RV Park Reviews :: Home

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Beverly Beach near Newport is really nice.

Depending on the time of year that you plan to travel, reservations are highly recommended for all Oregon state campgrounds. Even in the fall, the weekends are booked at the most popular sites as Oregonians are famous for enjoying their countryside on the weekends.

If you are traveling on 101 along the coast, take your time. The road can be twisty in spots, especially between Tillamook & Lincoln City, as well as between north of Florence to Waldport, and north of Brookings to Port Orford. We drove our 35' AS motorhome along 101 about a month ago & when the curve sign says 35, it means "35."

Having said that, these areas of 101 offer some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere.

If you are a member of the Elks, there are several Elks RV parks along the 101 route in both Oregon & CA - these parks are quiet, friendly, & very reasonable ($15-$25 per night) with hook ups.

Once you are in CA southbound, you will have to stay on 101, as the northern section of CA 1 is not recommended for trailer travel.

Enjoy your trip! Take lots of pictures! And don't be shy about asking questions!
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We like Harris Beach State Park on the Oregon coast. You are on a bluff above the ocean and can walk down, quite an incline, to the beach. Western Oregon is beautiful.

In Canon we have only stayed in a commercial park; I do not remember it's name but it was across the highway from Canon Beach proper.

Running out of time as we are, hopefully next year we can go there (Oregon/Washington) one more time.

You have to give the State of Oregon kudos for making their "beach and forest beauty" available to the masses.....even though it costs us "masses" a lot now.
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:32 PM   #6
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Jus came back from Oregon, but did not hit the coast. Picked up volumes of tourist information at the visitor center I found just across the border. One place which picqued my interest was Sea Lions Caves, north of Florence. From what I heard the whole coast is gorgeous.
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The CG in Cannon Beach RV Resort and it is on Elk Creek Rd. 101 is an elevated highway at Cannon Beach and I think the exit is marked as Elk Creek Rd. Nonetheless, prepared as we were, we missed the exit and had to turn around. Despite being called a "resort" it is not a $50/night exclusive place, but more like $35.

We stayed at one Oregon State Park (of course, I don't remember the name) and it was quite nice.

We have traveled with the trailer from the beginning of the coast highway* just north of San Francisco to just north of Cannon Beach. From there we drove east across the mountains. People have different stories about the coast and mountain highways, but we drove the whole way, only excepting California's hidden coast around Petrola.

The southernmost part in northern Cal. just north of San Francisco near Venice is daunting. Warning signs are posted about RV's about 1/4 mile after the road begins when it's too late to turn around (good work, CDOT). The hillside is almost at the edge of the road and because the blind, sharp curves are banked, the trailer leans toward the hill and vegetation on the hill. This can upset some drivers. But, we survived without any destruction and the beauty of the area was worth it even if I didn't see much of it being intent on the road.

Those first miles northward toward Pt. Reyes National Seashore seemed long. Driving south might be easier. After that, nothing was that hard. But there are places with switchbacks, blind curves and a BMW itching to pass you where there are no turnouts. Over the past almost 3 years with our Safari, we have taken it many places we have read are too difficult or almost impossible. It depends on what you are willing to do and what experience you have driving on narrow winding roads—move to Colorado and you will get plenty of experience.

It is not easy to find campgrounds right on the ocean. Some Oregon parks are on the ocean, but the camping isn't and you have to walk to the ocean. In some places rivers have large, flat sandy areas at their mouths and people are seen fishing, relaxing and maybe camping. I think in some places overnight camping is illegal, but I don't know for sure.

In Lincoln City, Oregon, there's a Pendleton store in a shopping center that has factory seconds at really good prices. We bought a bedspread to replace the 500 lb. white one that came with the trailer for about $75 there. Lincoln City is 10 or 15 miles of ugly strip development along an otherwise beautiful drive. Finding the Pendleton store requires Goggling for a map—RV parking was behind the shopping center on the south side. There are several Pendleton stores in Oregon and one in Washington near Portland that have the discounted items—you can check the company website to figure out which ones. The last time I looked it was not the best website, but eventually I found what I wanted.

All this is making me want to go to the coast. Best pizza in the west: Upper Crust Pizza in Gualala, Cal.

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I cycled down the coast several years ago and there are a lot of really nice state parks that are fantastic. At least they were back then. I enjoyed many of the parks and have a hard time recommending just one.
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Nehalem Bay State Park near Manzanita is nice. Manzanita is just a little south of Cannon Beach, 20 minutes maybe.
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Once you are in CA southbound, you will have to stay on 101, as the northern section of CA 1 is not recommended for trailer travel....>snip<.... questions!
Can you explain why is that section of CA 1 not recommended for trailers...and does that apply even to small trailers?

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Can you explain why is that section of CA 1 not recommended for trailers...and does that apply even to small trailers?

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We drove this road in 2002. We were pulling a 15 foot Casita, with a Grand Cherokee. I vowed then never again.

It is beautiful scenery. However the road is winding to the extreme and very narrow for a two lane highway.

My advice:

Rent a Porshe and drive it sans trailer.


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How about the southern Oregon coast..

In mid-June of this year, my wife, and I stayed four nights at Sea Perch RV Resort, eight miles south of Yachats, OR. Long story short, it is a fabulous location with million $$$ views.

Here are a couple of pictures taken from our "back yard".
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We drove this road in 2002. We were pulling a 15 foot Casita, with a Grand Cherokee. I vowed then never again.

It is beautiful scenery. However the road is winding to the extreme and very narrow for a two lane highway.

My advice:

Rent a Porshe and drive it sans trailer.


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Thanks, Ken...good to know! We are yearning to take a trip up that direction...taking the Pacific Coast Highway from CA to Wash...in addition to folks' camping recommendations, what's the weather like there in June/July/Aug...we gotta get out of this heat next year!

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In mid-June of this year, my wife, and I stayed four nights at Sea Perch RV Resort, eight miles south of Yachats, OR. Long story short, it is a fabulous location with million $$$ views.

Here are a couple of pictures taken from our "back yard".
Thanks for that, I'll put that in my places to stay list.

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