Cape Lookout State Park RV & Campground Guide

Oregon

West of Portland, Cape Lookout State Park is located on a sandpit between Netarts Bay and the ocean, offering scenic views of the ocean plus beach access. This unique, oceanfront park offers a tranquil setting, with beautiful ocean views and lush, old-growth forest. Visitors can enjoy over eight miles of hiking and walking trails, wildlife viewing including seasonal whale watching, beachcombing and much more. Read on to learn more about what makes Cape Lookout unique and worth a stop on your next Oregon camping trip!

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Weather
Spring 40s-60s F
Summer 50s-60s F
Fall 30s-60s F
Winter 30s-50s F
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Nearby Cities
Garibaldi, OR
Rockaway Beach, OR
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Cape Lookout State Park

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After picking out your perfect RV, it’s time to start planning your trip and that means finding the perfect campground. Cape Lookout State Park has a popular campground with 38 full-hookup sites, tent sites, yurts, deluxe cabins and more. There are hot showers and flush toilets available, plus a great location near all the fun nature activities the park has to offer. The campground does fill up quickly, but luckily there are some local campgrounds nearby. Here are some worth checking out:

Netarts Bay Garden RV Resort

Away from the crowds and off the beaten path, just 10 minutes from the state park, Netarts Bay Garden RV Resort is a unique, waterfront RV park! In a beautiful, quiet and tranquil setting, visitors will enjoy simply relaxing with their friends and family, along with plenty of activities and amenities to do! Rates begin at $38 per night.

Water hookup: yes

Electrical hookup: yes

Sewer hookup: yes

Wifi: yes

Pet-friendly: yes

Other amenities: horseshoe pits, meeting and banquet room, boat rentals, crabbing and clamming gear rentals, picnic tables, restrooms, laundry and shower facilities, convenience store, campfire rings  

Barview Jetty County Campground

Barview Jetty County Campground is one of 6 county campgrounds operated by Tillamook County Parks. All of the county campgrounds offer a wide variety of amenities, and Barview Jetty is located in a beautiful and tranquil location nearby the water. It’s a family-friendly campground that your whole group will enjoy! Rates begin at $22 a night.

Water hookup: yes

Electrical hookup: yes

Sewer hookup: yes

Wifi: yes

Pet-friendly: no

Other amenities: coin operated showers, playground, community shelters, beach access, jetty fishing, scuba diving, surfing and bird watching

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What to Do at
Cape Lookout State Park

Inside Cape Lookout State Park

Cape Lookout State Park offers beautiful scenic views of the ocean, the nearby forest and lots of nature fun! From fishing to beachcombing, whale watching and a variety of hiking trails, there are activities for all ages and activity levels. Here are some of the things to do inside the park:

Water Activities – As an oceanfront state park, Cape Lookout State Park has no shortage of water activities for all ages! Not only does the park offer scenic ocean views, and fishing opportunities, there is beach access as well. Once you’ve made it to the beach, enjoy all the classic beach activities. Keep in mind the beach is protected by a 50’ wide cobble-sized stone revetment, which can be unstable when walking. Beachcombing is a popular water activity at the park, and it’s known as an area to find glass floats.

Trails – There are several trails for hiking, walking and biking within the park, ranging in length and difficulty levels. Even better, all the trails offer stunning views of native trees in lush, old-growth forest, the ocean and much more. A hike to the tip of the cape along the Cape Lookout Trail may even offer whale watching, so make sure to bring binoculars from December to June. As the whales migrate from Alaska to Mexico yearly, there may be as many as 30 per hour to view.

The sites within Cape Lookout State Park aren’t just on the ground – be sure to look in the sky as hang gliding and paragliding is popular in the area and their colorful wings fill the sky with beauty, too!

Outside Cape Lookout State Park

The Tillamook area surrounding Cape Lookout State Park is full of history, beautiful views and plenty of fun things to do! From learning about the local history to viewing WWII artifacts or taking a casual train ride to see as much coastline as possible, there are so many things to do and see in the area. Here are some local attractions worth checking out: 

Restaurants

After a day spent enjoying the state park, you’re sure to have worked up an appetite! From local seafood to authentic Mexican, there are plenty of restaurants in the area to appeal to everyone in your group. Many have ocean views just as amazing as their menus, and you’re sure to have a great time with family and friends at each of them. Here are some local restaurants worth checking out:  

Sand Dollar Restaurant and Lounge

At the Sand Dollar Restaurant and Lounge, the only thing better than the ocean views is the menu! Enjoy small plates, seafood, burgers and sandwiches, soups, salads and more in a laid-back, casual atmosphere that is also kid-friendly.

Type: American

Location: Rockaway Beach, OR

Pacific Restaurant

A visit to the Pacific Northwest isn’t complete without trying some local seafood! A delicious, local meal is the perfect choice after a fun day at the state park. Located just a little over 15 minutes from the state park, the Pacific Restaurant serves up local seafood, steak and more in a cozy, retro 1960s dining room.

Type: Seafood

Location: Tillamook, OR

La Mexicana Restaurant

Locals love La Mexicana Restaurant for the fun, casual atmosphere, delicious, classic Mexican dishes and margaritas by the pitcher. Enjoy authentic dishes such as burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, traditional tostadas and much more.

Type: Mexican

Location: Tillamook, OR

Sightseeing

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

If you can’t get enough of the beautiful scenery in the area around Cape Lookout State Park, the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad is the perfect activity! The old-fashioned steam locomotive train offers riders trips along the coast, with scenic views. There are regular coastal excursions as well as special event train rides. Riders young and old alike are sure to enjoy themselves on this fun activity.

Location: Garibaldi, OR

Tillamook Air Museum

WWII buffs will want to schedule a stop at the Tillamook Air Museum, where you can view an aircraft collection in a WWII blimp hangar, which is also one of the world’s largest wooden buildings! The exhibit hall offers rare wartime and aviation-themed artifacts, including photos, uniforms, first-hand documentation, authentic medals, gear and more.

Location: Tillamook, OR

Garibaldi Museum

Take in some local history at the Garibaldi Museum! The museum preserves the maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest and the 18th century sailing world. Visitors can view a display model of a ship, a replica of a transport boat, pictures, artifacts and more.

Location: Garibaldi, OR

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How to Get to
Cape Lookout State Park

Cape Lookout State Park is located on Whiskey Creek Road in Tillamook, Oregon. For more information and directions, click here

Entering Cape Lookout State Park

Daily fee : $5

Annual Pass : $30

No matter if you’re whale watching, enjoying a hike along the coast or just sunbathing at the beach, there is so much to see and do at Cape Lookout State Park! We can’t wait to hear about it all – and we’d love to see some scenic pictures, too. Don’t forget to tag us on social media, or shoot us a photo and some details at [email protected]. We may just feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!