SP Campground Review – South Beach State Park, Newport, OR
A very pleasant and lively state park just south of Newport, OR on the north-central coast.
- Site Quality = 4/5
Very decent site quality here. Sites are paved back-in with 30Amp/water, good separation, and nice grassy “sitting areas” with picnic table and fire-pit. There are several loops (A-G) as well as a separate “primitive” area best-suited for smaller rigs plus a small hiker/biker campground. In our mind, the best sites are the beach-facing sites. Although there are no actual beach-views and these sites do see more road traffic than the “back of loop” areas, they back-onto a large, open, grassy space which makes for very sunny & enormously spacious “sitting areas” right behind your RV. Plus, you are closer to the trails for the beach. Some of back-of-loop sites are more wooded and private, but don’t have as much open space.
- Facilities = 4/5
Generally nice facilities. Clean toilets and individual shower stalls with separate clothing area, good water pressure & temperature and *no* timer buttons. Only slight ding is that they do have those annoying spray-heads. LOTS of other facilities all around the campground incl. day-use areas, picnic areas, playground, biking trails etc. On-site dump station.
- Location = 5/5
This park is in a great location. It’s on the west-side (beach-side) of Hwy 101 (so, no highway to cross) with short 1/4-1/2 mile trails from the campground loops to a lovely, long beach and view of the jetty. You’re only a few miles from the Newport Aquarium, the Rogue Brewery and downtown Newport, plus within spitting distance of the Yaquina Bay and only a short drive to Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Lots and lots to do in both the park (walking, biking, beach) plus the surrounding area.
- Pet Friendliness = 5/5
Another great doggie park. Good space to hang-out in camp, plus only short 1/2 mile hike to the paw-friendly beach. There are also several additional on-site trails, including a nice path all around the campground. Poo bags provided.
Overall Rating = 4.5
BONUS ALERT = Camp within 1/2 mile of the beach and just south of Newport, OR
Summary: Yet another great Oregon State Park! This State Park is set just a few miles south of Newport on a quiet shoreline next to the jetty. Sites are generally very good. Paved back-in, 30Amp/water hookups and good “sitting areas”. The nicest sites IMHO are the beach-facing sites which back onto a large, open grassy area and give lovely views of the surrounding trees. Location is also excellent. There are pleasant short 1/4-1/2 mile hiking/biking trails (mostly paved except for the last portion) to the long beach and jetty and you are within spitting distance of the Newport Aquarium, downtown Newport and the two excellent lighthouses in the area. The only real ding I could give this place is that it does tend to be a popular and busy campground especially when school is out for the kiddies. This means more people around, plus a fair amount of traffic on the main campground road. Despite this we really enjoyed our site and found it much more pleasant than Beverly Beach State Park (just north of town) where we stayed 2 years ago. A lovely campground and we would certainly come back.
Extra Info: Decent, solid 3 bars of 3G Verizon here. Sites cost $27 in summer, $22 in off-season all reservable (225 30 Amp/water sites). There is also a separate primitive area plus biker/hiker camp area. On-site dump station.
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