Today’s post comes to us from Joe Laing of El Monte RV Rentals. Joe has great tips of experiencing the best of the outdoors along the Oregon Coast! Let us know if you have your own Oregon’s Adventure Coast story to tell- we would love to share it!
RV Road Trip to the Oregon Coast and Lighthouses
Where can you combine lighthouse viewing, with beach side camping, and other wonderful outdoor activities such as biking, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and more? The coast of Oregon is where!
From the Cape Blanco Lighthouse in the south in Port Orford, to the Cape Meares Lighthouse in the north in Tillamook, Oregon has 11 lighthouses dotting its’ beautiful coastline for your viewing, touring, and picture taking pleasure. These lighthouses were built between 1857 and 1999 and offer a wonderful glimpse into Oregon’s maritime past as well as many spectacular views of Oregon’s coastline and the Pacific Ocean.
To make it easy for RV campers to tour Oregon’s lighthouses, and to provide other outdoor activities, Oregon has nearly 20 state parks along its’ coastline, many of which offer camping to provide great stopping places as you tour the coast and visit the lighthouses. 2 of the state parks along the south coast, Cape Blanco State Park and Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, have lighthouses on the park grounds. In season tours are offered for these lighthouses, and both parks have onsite camping that can accommodate RVs. Bullards Beach State Park also hosts the Coquille River Lighthouse. In-season tours are also offered and there is ample camping available at the park. Many of the other lighthouses are near state parks that also offer camping accommodations.
For more information on Oregon’s State Parks see the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department website.
Not to be outdone by the state parks, there are also a few private beach-side campgrounds that you can visit along your journey. Be sure to consider the Port of Brookings Harbor Beachfront RV Park and Ireland’s Ocean RV Park as you travel the coast.
Some of the “must-see” lighthouses along the way include:
- Heceta Head Lighthouse – Heceta Head Lighthouse is located in Florence, Oregon. The lighthouse offers picture postcard views of the coast and ocean that are truly spectacular. Hiking trails from the Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park can be used to reach this lighthouse. The William M. Tugman State Park is also near Heceta Head Lighthouse offering additional camping as is the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse and Yaquina Head Lighthouse – A visit to Newport, Oregon scores you two lighthouses – the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse and Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Of the two, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse is the more spectacular. It is a 93 foot tower perched on a rock outcropping on the land of the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, which is run by the Bureau of Land Management. The Natural Area offers some of the most accessible wildlife and ocean viewing on the Pacific coast. Beverly Beach State Park offers views of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Devils Lake State Recreation Area and South Beach State Park are also nearby and both offer camping.
There are many other wonderful lighthouses to see along the way. To learn more about Oregon’s lighthouses to help plan your trip see Oregon Coast Lighthouses.
So settle into your RV and head along the Oregon Coast. Take in the lighthouses, spend some time at the beach, take a few hikes, maybe do a little fishing, and relax and enjoy some of the splendor that the Beaver State has to offer.
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