SP Campground Review – Cape Blanco State Park, Cape Blanco, OR
A gorgeous and spacious first-come-first-serve state park on the S. OR Coast just ~10 miles north of Port Orford. If you love nature & lighthouses it doesn’t get any better than this!
Note/ Review updated as of last stay April, 2016
- Site Quality = 4.5/5
Very nice sites here with just a very few dings. On plus side sites are huge with LOTS of privacy, excellent separation (probably the best privacy of any state park we’ve been to!) and well protected from the crazy Cape Blanco weather. Sites are long paved back-ins (longest site is 81-feet!) with 50Amp/water and very nice “sitting areas” containing picnic table and fire-pit surrounded by green and trees. Sites on east of campground (~A12-A29) are more sunny than sites on heavily treed west side (A43-A53), but all provide excellent privacy and all are first-come-first-serve. The only dings are no full hookups and a some of the sites are unlevel. Also, as is common in Oregon State Parks inner-facing sites (sites on inside of the loop) are at right-angles to the road and not as easy to access for big rigs. Outer-facing sites (sites on outside of the loop) are nicely angled and a better choice for big rigs requiring swing room to get in. The 6-mile road to the campground has a few rough spots, but is paved and easy to drive . Road access inside campground is excellent and sites are easily big enough for any sized rig.
Note/ This campground also has a Horse Corral for those traveling with horses. No hookups, but sites are quite nice and private (in a separate area of camp from RVers). There are also 4 Cabins (very nice, one of which is dog-friendly) which can be rented too.
- Facilities = 3.5/5
Good facilities here. Large flush toilets and warm showers with good pressure and kept nicely clean. Only ding is showers have those annoying timer-buttons and spray-heads. On-site picnic areas, river fishing, horse camp and group camp. There is an on-site dump station, but it has been out of order for over 4 years and there don’t seem to be any plans to repair it (= make sure you dump before coming!).
- Location = 5/5
Outstanding natural location here. You come to Cape Blanco to see the lighthouse and revel in the fabulous and wild nature of the cape. This is natural beauty in its’ rawest form with lots of empty hiking trails, 2 enormous (endless) beaches, tidepools, forest and all kinds of weather. There are several jaw-dropping view overlooks, picnic areas, and historic Hughes House. You are only ~10 miles from Port Orford which is a lovely old town with lots of historic interest and grocery/eating/shopping/RedBox etc., plus you are ~1/2 hour south of fabulous Bandon.
- Pet Friendliness = 5/5
Excellent location for doggie. Lots of space to hang out in camp, great hiking trails and miles (and miles) of free paw-friendly open space to roam on the beach. Most days you’ll be the only person on the beach!
Overall Rating = 4.5
BONUS ALERT: Stunning natural beauty plus gorgeous Cape Blanco Lighthouse on-site!
Summary: As far as natural beauty goes this is hands down our favorite state park campground on the entire OR coast. Cape Blanco is the western most point in OR and it is remote, wild and simply stunning! The campground itself is entirely first-come-first-serve, incredibly spacious with large sites separated by tons of space and privacy. Sites are long paved back-ins with picnic table, fire-pit and 50Amp/water. There is a 6-mile road to get here from Hwy 101 with a few bumps, but once you’re here you will be in your own world. Lots of hiking trails, dramatic cliffs, sweeping views, 2 enormous beaches, rivers, fishing, historic Hughes House and the lovely Cape Blanco Lighthouse. The campground is well protected, but be prepared for wind and crazy weather on your hikes and when that sun bursts out be ready to swoon from the sheer gorgeousness of it all. You are only ~10 miles from the old town of Port Orford which has some good eateries, groceries and historic interest, plus ~1/2 hour south of lovely Bandon. We loved it so much here we came back for 3 years running & volunteered at the lighthouse. This is one of our top-rated stops on the Oregon Coast, and we absolutely recommend it to anyone passing by this area. Don’t miss this special place!
Extra Info: 1-2 bars of 4G LTE on Verizon which was very stable with our Wilson Sleek booster. 1 bar ATT LTE which was variable, but could be stabilized with booster. Total 58 sites (50 amp/water), costing $22/night, all first-come-first-serve. Horse Corral sites cost $17/night. Cabins are $40/night. On-site dump station, but it is currently out of operation (nearest dump $3 at Chevron in Port Orford).
Video Overview: Want to see it in film? Feel free to watch our 6 1/2 minute video overview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smxFPY0vxqw
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