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Cape Lookout State Park is a gorgeous park nestled on a spit directly between the Pacific Ocean and Netarts Bay. Tent and RV campers will find exhilarating activities and a serene escape at Cape Lookout. From hiking to hang gliding to relaxing on the beach, Cape Lookout has you covered.
The area that's now Cape Lookout State Park was originally left undeveloped after the U.S. Lighthouse Service gifted nearly 1,000 acres to the state in the 1930s. During WWII, a B-17 bomber on duty struck the area. A rescue team saved a single survivor after 24 hours of struggling to reach him. Soon after, roads were built directly to the cape. A study conducted in the 1950s on the land concluded that it had great park potential, and work began almost immediately afterward. By 1952, the park and campground were almost as large as they are today. Book an RV in Tillamook County and start planning a getaway you won't forget!
Cape Lookout has over eight miles of trails to explore. The trails travel straight through the lush forests, with a delightful beach at the end of the Cape Lookout Trail. A short trail is available to those who aren't able or don't want to walk as far, which is full of native plants, trees, and unique wildlife. While traveling along the coast, keep your eyes open for whales. Visitor sightings of whales are quite common. Keep your eyes peeled for wild horses along the banks as well.
Beachcombing is another popular draw to Cape Lookout. The park is known for its abundance of glass floats, along with sand dollars, starfish, and assorted seashells. Glass floats are hidden along miles of the Oregon coast, making beachcombing extra exciting as you may find a one-of-a-kind prize.
Many visitors find a thrill near Cape Lookout by hang gliding or paragliding. Adrenaline junkies can experience the area's scenic views in a whole new way at Gammon Launch. Though not exactly inside the park, you can head just outside of the entrance and paraglide your way above Cape Lookout.
Cape Lookout offers over 100 sites for tent and RV camping, 38 of which come with full hookups. There are 170 tent sites and one campsite with electricity and water. Two group camping areas are available, as well as two campsites which are ADA-accessible. The park also has six cabins for anyone looking for something different from tent or RV camping. One of these cabins is ADA-accessible as well. Cape Lookout also features 13 yurts, six of which are pet-friendly.
Cape Lookout State Park's campground offers easy access to hot showers, flush toilets, water, and a seasonal dump station. Play areas, picnic tables, and pet-friendly areas are also available for campers. Park the RV rental and have a splendid time in this mix of natural beauty and modern recreation.
The area surrounding Cape Lookout State Park is chock full of history and beauty, making it a must-see for nature lovers. Cape Meares Lighthouse and National Wildlife Refuge are about ten miles from Cape Lookout. Check out one of the regular tours of the lighthouse to learn about its history and structure. From the lighthouse, you can view the magnificent Pacific coastline and look for local wildlife. A small gift shop is available to tourists, and benches are available along the walk for those needing a break or just wanting to picnic after an informational and fun tour. The wildlife refuge is home to many species of birds, a variety of fish, and many mammals. Visitors enjoy coming here for hunting, fishing, and wildlife watching year-round. Rent an RV in Tillamook and see it for yourself.
If you'd like to spend some time in a bustling metropolis, steer your RV rental toward Portland, just over an hour and a half from Cape Lookout. From parks and bridges to a variety of beautiful gardens, just walking through Portland is an exciting experience. While in the city, be sure to visit Washington Park. This park isn't your average park — the area contains a zoo, museum, arboretum, and gardens. You'll find more than 15 miles of trails in Washington Park, as well as numerous activities. Portland is an ideal place for motorhome camping and offers many other activities to keep everyone busy, such as roller skating, an abundance of unique parks, art galleries, and incredible museums. Rent an RV in Multnomah County and take a few days to fully experience this famous city.
Nehalem Bay State Park is another spot you won't want to miss while camping at Cape Lookout State Park. Located along the North Oregon coast, Nehalem Bay offers miles of rolling dunes, sandy beaches, and playgrounds for the little ones. There are miles of trails for visitors to walk, all full of history and natural beauty. Horse camps are available here, and there’s plenty of space for RV camping, too. Rent an RV in the area and have an exciting stay in Oregon!