If you’re feeling more stressed and anxious than normal, you are not alone. The past few months have been an extraordinarily trying time for most Americans. Many of us are experiencing pandemic fatigue that is only exacerbated by tense social, economic and political tensions. One way to battle these tense emotions is to get back to nature.
Outdoor enthusiasts have long known that camping is an excellent way to retreat into nature and relieve stress and anxiety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy. In many areas, people can visit parks, trails, and open spaces as a way to relieve stress, get some fresh air, and stay active.”
“Experiencing the quiet, awe-inspiring beauty of nature can not only uplift your spirits, it can improve your health. Think of Oregon’s vast outdoors as your place to relax and recharge, especially right now when many of us are vulnerable to stress and anxiety. You can help us keep this place beautiful for generations to come by recreating responsibly and avoid taking unnecessary risks.”- Travel Oregon
There is no shortage of fabulous RV Parks & Campsites on Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston and in this post, we are highlighting some uncrowded destinations where you can let go and let nature do its thing.
63379 Bastendorff Beach Road ⚈ Charleston, OR 97420 ⚈ 541-888-5353 ⚈ www.co.coos.or.us
Photo @Cherie Peterson
Perched on the hill overlooking Bastendorff Beach is the 89 acre County Park open year-round for RV or tent camping. Amenities: RV’s up to 45 feet. Fish cleaning area, Full hookups, Handicap accessible, Pets OK, Cable, High Speed Internet, Laundry.
“Camp sites private, small but clean. One of our favorite camp grounds!” - Google Review, July 2020
92443 Cape Arago Highway ⚈ Coos Bay, OR 97420 ⚈ 541-351-9160 ⚈ baypointlanding.com
Photo @ Bay Point Landing
A modern camp experience. Open year-round with RV sites, cabins and Airstream trailer rentals. Indoor swimming pool, fitness center, activity room and kids den as well as an event center and pavilion. Sandy beach, laundry, and Wi-Fi. Pets welcomed. The sandy beach adjacent to the facility is perfect for clamming in low tide!
“Peaceful place, there’s a lot of places to go and see around them. Just plan your days. When we go there we always have some new places to go. From eating, playing on the dunes, visiting beaches, and State Parks, horseback rentals on the beach within an hour drive. But watch out your days will go by fast. There is a lot to do around the area, just plan your days.” - Google Review, July 2020
Horsfall Road ⚈ North Bend, OR 97459 ⚈ 877-444-6777 ⚈ www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/siuslaw
Bluebill Campground Photo @ Doug Nechodom Sep 2019
Bluebill is located in the Horsfall Area, known for its excellent off-road vehicle trails of the dunes, less than a mile from Pacific Coast beaches & 2 miles north of North Bend. Bluebill has drinking water, vault toilets, campfire pits & dumpsters.
“We loved staying at this campground. Peaceful, beautiful, small, and cozy…Location is great, far enough away so that the ohv noise is a white noise, but close enough to walk to the windy beach.” -Google Review, July 2020
Horsfall Road ⚈ North Bend, OR 97459 ⚈ 877-444-6777 ⚈ www.recreation.gov/camping
Photo @ EPUERTO Oregon
Horsfall Beach Campground is ideal for off-road vehicle riders or those looking to take it easy on the beach. Flush toilets, drinking water, picnic area, accessible beach viewing platform. Dunes trails & open riding zones are north of the campground.
“Excellent campground with direct access to the beach and atv/ohv friendly.” - Google Review, July 2020
Spinreel Road ⚈ North Bend, OR 97459 ⚈ 877-444-6777 ⚈ www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/siuslaw
Photo @ m Haigh July 2020
Spinreel Campground is an ATV rider’s dream, in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area along Tenmile Creek in Coos County with prime access to the expansive off-road trails along the sandy dunes. Potable water, restroom, fire pit, picnic tables.
89814 Cape Arago Highway ⚈ Charleston, OR 97420 ⚈ 541-888-4902 ⚈ stateparks.oregon.gov
**** Recently featured in** **The 6 Best Uncrowded Beach Campsites__ __in Outside Magazine!!**__
In one of the most scenic areas on the Oregon coast, Sunset Bay State Park features beautiful sandy beaches protected by towering sea cliffs. The campground has sites for tent camping and RV’s, & cozy yurts. Beachcombing, fishing, swimming, boating. Sunset Bay State Park is one of the most consistently recommended camping destinations among families traveling with children.
“Beautiful spot on the southern Oregon coast with a great campground and fantastic beach and tide pools tucked away in Sunset Bay…It wasn’t particularly crowded when we visited, so made for a good coronavirus getaway. Most of the sites at the campground are well spaced and have some level of privacy. It’s forested and very green in there. Walking distance from the beach along a paved path. Bathroom buildings were clean and in good repair.” - Google Review, July 2020
While these destinations can offer much-needed wellness benefits, it is important that you follow the steps below to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Please adhere to the following guidelines to protect the health and safety of yourself, and our community.
If you plan carefully and practice common-sense safety guidelines, camping on Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, and Charleston is an experience worth having. This summer, come discover the beautiful natural gems in our region.