Cape Blanco State Park RV & Campground Guide

Oregon

Cape Blanco State Park

is perched on the Pacific Coast on Oregon’s westernmost point. It is in northern Curry County, about 4 miles north of Port Orford. The mountainous stretch of coast includes beaches, bluffs, and reefs and offers a wide range of recreational activities to visitors. The region is also home to a number of unique attractions, such as a historic lighthouse (Cape Blanco Light), a pioneer cemetery, and the Hughes House. Nature lovers will enjoy excellent bird and marine mammal watching, particularly observing the sea lion colony which inhabits some of the offshore rocks.

The state park, including the campground, is open all year, and experiences very mild temperatures each month. The area is also known to be one of the windiest in the state, with gusts clocked at speeds as high as 184 mph in the past. If you’re planning a trip to Cape Blanco, you’ll certainly want to prepare accordingly. Keep reading to find out all there is to know about this state park, including camping, activities, how to get here, and more.

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Weather
Spring 42-61 F
Summer 50-68 F
Fall 43-68 F
Winter 40-55 F
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Nearby Cities
Port Orford, OR
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Cape Blanco State Park

While the park’s scenic coastal location draws visitors to the region, it is also the camping opportunities (including both within tents and RVs) in and around Cape Blanco State Park that have people flocking here.

If glamping it up with a cosy bed, fully-stocked kitchen, and private bathroom is more your style, then we recommend visiting this stunning place in an RV. If you don’t own one, you can easily rent an RV from RVshare.com to suit your budget and needs. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

Cape Blanco’s campground features 52 electrical sites with water, as well as flush toilets and hot showers. All sites are on a first come, first serve basis, and do fill up quickly. Therefore, we’ve also listed three additional campgrounds and RV parks near the state park.

Bandon / Port Orford KOA Journey

Under 20 minutes away is Bandon / Port Orford KOA Journey, which offers a wide range of sites, as well as helpful amenities and activities the whole family will love. There’s even summer pancake breakfasts and free evening rides on a miniature train.

 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: heated swimming pool, firewood, hot tub, bike rentals, snack bar, dog park, cable TV, propane, basketball court, recreational room, playground.

Camp Blanco RV Park

Just a 15-minute drive away from the state park is Camp Blanco RV Park, which offers open and shaded, level RV sites up to 100’ long. It’s within walking distance to shopping, dining, and stunning ocean beaches. Nightly rates are $36.

 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: free cable TV, propane, fish cleaning station, showers, RV parts store, RV repair.

Elk River Campground

Elk River Campground is located just down the road from the state park. It’s based on 350 acres next to the Elk River, two miles outside of Port Orford. The campground is also strategically placed two miles downstream from a salmon hatchery, making it the best spot for chinook salmon fishing in the state. Rates start at $20 per night.

 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: restrooms, laundry facilities, trash service, showers, picnic tables, dump station.

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What to Do at
Cape Blanco State Park

Inside Cape Blanco State Park

Cape Blanco State Park might be popular due to its camping opportunities, but with more than eight miles of hiking trails, beach access, multiple fishing spots, a 150-acre open horse riding area, and more, it also offers a wide range of recreational activities the whole family will enjoy!

Hiking: There are over eight miles of hiking trails within the state park. These vary in difficulty, however many of them are easy enough for both children and adults to enjoy.

Swimming: Because Cape Blanco State Park is set on the Oregon coastline, visitors have access to a lengthy stretch of sand and ocean suitable for swimming when conditions are favorable.

Fishing: This region of Oregon provides some of the best fishing within the state, as the Sixes River boasts some of the best Chinook Salmon fishing you’ll find. King Salmon and Steelheads are also common among the river.

Horse Riding: The state park features a reservable horse camp, as well as a 150-acre open riding area, riding trails, and twelve new pipe corrals.

Sightseeing: With a number of historic landmarks located within the park, you’ll certainly want to make the most of them. Stop by the pioneer cemetery or take a tour of the historic Hughes House and Cape Blanco Lighthouse. The lighthouse and historic home are open from April to October and tours cost a small donation.

Outside Cape Blanco State Park

If you thought there were lots of activities on offer within the park, you’ll be surprised by just how many wonderful things there are to do outside of Cape Blanco’s gates. The state park is just 4 miles north of Port Orford, providing you with stunning sightseeing opportunities, award-winning restaurants, and amazing shopping experiences.

Restaurants

The Crazy Norwegians Fish and Chips

For what many call the best fish and chips in the area, head to The Crazy Norwegians Fish and Chips. They’re frequently raved about for their great service, fresh and tasty seafood, generous portions, and affordable prices.

Type: Seafood restaurant

Location: Port Orford, OR

A&W Restaurant

If you’re craving some burgers, chicken, hot dogs, fries, or root beer floats, then A&W Restaurant is the place to go. This fast-food outlet is known for its wide variety of mouth-watering food and root beer selections. It’s sure to be a hit with the whole family.

Type: Fast food

Location: Myrtle Point

Denny's Pizza

Denny’s Pizza is located just over an hour’s drive from the state park and is easily accessible if you’re heading north. It’ll satisfy all of your pizza cravings and provide you with fresh toppings, generous sizes, and affordable prices. Plus, the service is rumored to be top-notch.

Type: Pizza restaurant

Location: Coquille, OR

Shopping

WinterRiver Books

WinterRiver Books is an independent bookstore located in the heart of Old Town Bandon. Here, you can expect friendly service, a relaxing atmosphere, and a unique selection of books, cards, jewelry, music, games and more.

Location: Bandon, OR

Vines Art Glass

Located less than a half-hour drive from the state park is Vines Art Glass. Bryce Dimitruck is the artist behind these glass creations, and they serve as wonderful décor for your home or even a precious gift for a loved one.  

Location: Fourmile, OR

Sightseeing

Prehistoric Gardens

Just a half-hour drive from the state park is the Prehistoric Gardens, a must-see tourist attraction combining nature, science, and adventure. Here, you’ll be transported back in time to discover 23 life-size dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. You can also take a self-guided tour and wind through an ancient Oregon Rainforest. Admission costs $8 - $12.

Location: Ophir, OR

West Coast Game Park Safari

This 21-acre walk-through zoo is less than half an hour’s drive from the state park and features animals such as Bengal tigers, snow leopards, African lions, black bears, zebra, and more. Admission ranges from $9 - $19.

Location: Fourmile, OR

Stillwagon Distillery

For a local distillery with an old town feel, visit Stillwagon Distillery in Bandon. They specialize in flavoured rums and offer private tastings and tours and visitors are often fascinated by how much of their process is done by hand by skilled artisans - not machinery!

Location: Bandon, OR

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How to Get to
Cape Blanco State Park

If travelling from the north (i.e. Springfield/Salem/Portland), get on I-5 S and continue on this road to Drain. Follow OR-38 W to US-101 S in Reedsport, then follow US-101 S to Cape Blanco Rd in Curry County. Continue on Cape Blanco Rd to your destination, which will be on the right.

If traveling from the south (Ashland/Medford), follow I-5 N to Brockway Rd in Douglas County then take OR-42 W to US-101 S/2nd St SE in Bandon. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto US-101 S/2nd St SE and continue to follow US-101 S. Continue on Cape Blanco Rd to your destination, which will be on the right.

Entering Cape Blanco State Park

There is no fee to enter the park. Camping and use of other facilities varies. For a full list of rates, click here.

We’re very excited that you’re planning a trip to Cape Blanco State Park. Once you’ve finished exploring all that the park has to offer, there are also some incredible opportunities waiting for you outside of its gates! During or after your stay, we encourage you to tag us in any of your social media posts, or why not share your photos and experience with us at [email protected]? We may even feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!