Beverly Beach State Park is a perfect place to camp in your RV, offering plenty of sandy beaches steps away from more than 250 campsites, including 53 full hookup sites.
Located five miles north of Newport, Oregon, the 135-acre Beverly Beach State Park is situated between the Yaquina Head to the south and Cape Fowlweather to the north. The park provides easy access to miles of sandy beach along the Pacific Ocean coastline. The area within the park is packed with wind-sculpted trees, and the campground is nestled next to Spencer Creek in a forested area that provides shelter from the elements.
Beverly Beach State Park offers plenty of activities for all types of visitors. Activities range from surfing to flying kites and beachcombing along several miles of the beach both to the north and south of the park. Other attractions within the park include hiking and biking. During the off-season, whale watching from Otter Rock is very popular.
RV visitors can expect a variety of weather depending on which month they visit. Temperatures from November to April average in the mid-50s. From May to October, visitors can expect mid to high 60s. The rainy season along the Oregon coastline is November through March, during which visitors can see up to 12 inches of rain.
Beverly Beach State Park is accessible from U.S. Highway 101, also known as the Oregon Coast Highway. Drivers will find the highway easy to maneuver from Newport, Oregon, but traveling south from Depoe Bay can be challenging due to the undulating coastline. RVs and trailers will find plenty of convenient turnouts to allow traffic to pass.
Once inside the park, the drivers are confined to two roads, including a section of Old US Highway 101, which runs north to south. Old US Highway 101 has a few challenging spots for RVs and trailers to navigate toward the northern portion of the park, where drivers will find hairpin turns after passing the campground turnout. The road leading to the campground area has several curves that are long and not too tricky to navigate, whether driving in an RV or while towing a trailer. Inside the campground, the one-way road winds through eight interconnected loops with an occasional curve that might be hard for larger RVs and trailers to maneuver.
Drivers should be aware of the posted speed limit as well as activities in the campground, such as pedestrians, bikers, and children playing in the road.
The campground at Beverly Beach State Park consists of more than 250 campsites in eight interconnected loops. There are 53 full-hookup campsites perfect for RVs and trailers. Of these, 27 sites are furnished with cable television hookups. In addition, the campground has 76 campsites with electrical and water hookups. The campground features 32 pull-through sites, which are ideal for larger RVs and trailers. There are another 128 campsites for tents and 21 yurts. You can enjoy a fresh meal anytime since each campsite is furnished with a picnic table and a fire ring. Showers and restrooms are within walking distance. Campsites have a paved parking pad, but leveling devices may be needed. There is a dump station located at the entrance of the campground. RVs and trailers should not dump a full holding tank at the campsites with full hookups. Campers are encouraged not to leave trash in the bathrooms and use the dumpsters as well as the recycling center located near the entrance of the campground. Pets are welcome to join you during your stay, but remember to keep them on a six-foot leash. Generator use is allowed during the day.
Some campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis during the off-season. So if you're planning a spontaneous RV road trip through Oregon, the colder months are an especially good time to go. You are more likely to snag a campsite at the beautiful Beverly Beach State Park without a reservation. These sites are also compatible for tent camping.
Fishing along the surf is an excellent idea at Beverly Beach State Park. The southern area of the beach is best for this type of fishing. Anglers can expect several species of rockfish, lingcod, herring, surfperch, and more. The best time for fishing along Spencer Creek is in the winter months when salmon and steelhead make their run up the river from the Pacific Ocean. Other fish species in Spencer Creek include brown and brook trout, which are plentiful year-round.
Whale watching is popular for RV campers at Beverly Beach State Park during the winter months. There are several notable viewing areas, such as Otter Rock and the Yaquina Head area. Hundreds of gray whales will migrate south along the Pacific Ocean coastline in the winter months from the colder waters of the Arctic Sea. Between November through February, the gray whales will go south to Baja California and return northward between March through May. Bring a pair of binoculars for a better view of the water from the beach area at the park.
The five-mile stretch of beach at Beverly Beach State Park is easily accessed by several trails that travel under the Oregon Coast Highway. The beach area is perfect for many activities that range from picnicking to playing beach volleyball to beach soccer. Beachcombers will be thrilled with finding unique marine life along the coastline after high tide, including sea stars and small fish. Fossil hunters can find a variety of fossilized items along the southern portion of the beach like wood and little sea creatures.
Just a few miles from Beverly Beach State Park is Oregon Coast Aquarium, one of the area's premier attractions. The aquarium is home to more than 15,000 animals. Visitors can enjoy animal feedings and special presentations that educate guests on the animals and their environment. You'll observe sea otters, sea lions, pelicans, seabirds, octopi, sea jellies, sea horses, sharks, and a variety of native Oregon and Pacific fish. The aquarium is open year-round. Call ahead for admission prices and seasonal hours.
Near Beverly Beach State Park is the historic Yaquina Head Lighthouse. This lighthouse is the tallest in Oregon, towering 93 feet above the ground. The lighthouse was first lit on August 20, 1873, and helped guide Pacific sailors transporting essential supplies for early settlers safely to harbors along the west coast. Stop by the interpretive center to witness a life-size replica of the lighthouse's lantern. Visitors can tour the lighthouse, depending on weather conditions. Call ahead for a tour reservation.
While camping at Beverly Beach State Park, visit nearby Newport, Oregon, and take a stroll along the city's historic bayfront. Newport is the ideal coastal town, frequented by small fishing ships and giant freighters. Visitors will find an eclectic mix of upscale restaurants and small, fast food shops. You can walk up to the docks and buy fish from the fishermen themselves. Keep an eye out for the city's famous murals of sea life. If crabs are up your alley, grab a state license and toss in a rented crab pot from the boardwalk. The city is also home to a variety of local retailers and boutique spas. Stop along one of the many boardwalks to watch the sea lions play near the docks.
The beach area at Beverly Beach State Park is the ideal place to fly kites. The long stretch of sand and constant winds allow for excellent kite flying conditions. Children and adults maneuver their flying machines through the air in an acrobatic style that makes it a great sport to watch, too. The Welcome Center near the campground sells a variety of materials for kite flying, such as string and a few kites. The best part of the beach area to fly kites is the southern portion where the stretch of sand reaches its widest along the beachfront.
There are a plethora of watersports for RV visitors to enjoy while at Beverly Beach State Park. Water activities range from kayaking and surfing to windsurfing and swimming. Kayakers will find excellent conditions during the summer months. Surfers are treated to big waves in the winter months and moderate waves during the summer with the best surfing spots located off the northern section of the beach. Windsurfers find constant wind along the coastline stretching from the north to southern parts of the beach. Swimming is possible during the summer months. All watersport participants should be aware of strong rip tides at all times.
Hiking in Beverly Beach State Park is ideal for novices and nature lovers. The two-mile Spencer Creek Loop Trail circles the campground through a nicely forested area with spruce and hemlock trees as well as colorful wildflowers during springtime. Another excellent hike that starts in the park is the moderate 10.3-mile Beverly Beach to Moolak Beach Trail. This out and back hike offers views of the Oregon coastline, including Yaquina Head, Starfish Cove, and Cape Foulweather.
Picnicking in Beverly Beach State Park is a popular activity for visitors and locals alike. The day-use area at Beverly Beach offers extensive facilities for an oceanside meal. The grassy area near the beach is well protected from winds and is the perfect spot for observing the waves and natural wildlife. If you prefer to eat indoors, the day-use area is also home to a public yurt group meeting hall. The nearby children's playground offers enjoyment for younger visitors.
During peak season, park rangers on hand at Beverly Beach State Park to instruct young visitors ages 6-12 in the ways of conservation. The Junior Ranger Program offers educational materials that teach about the area's environment and wildlife. Enroll in the program to receive a passport that can be stamped at parks across the country. Activities include discovering a park secret, attending interactive park programs, helping keep the park clean, and learning basic safety for the area.
Drive across historic Yaquina Bay Bridge in your RV or walk to one of its pedestrian plazas for views of the bridge and the bay below. The bridge first opened on September 6, 1936, and quickly became a scenic landmark known for its Gothic architecture and Art Deco style. On August 5, 2005, the bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. For a different view of the bridge, walk along the nearby Newport Historic Bayfront.