Sadly, we’ve come to the end of our mini-Oregon-Coastal trip. In typical teaser fashion our last few days were PERFECT in every way with stunning sunshine, moderate temperatures and enless horizons of blue and deserted beaches (it seems we just left in time too ‘coz next 7 days are forecasted rain!). Our month here has been simply amazing, and the fact that it’s all so accessible and all paw-friendly makes it even better. We simply HAVE to come back to see the southern section and given that you’ve simply GOT to come here too, we’re put together a quick handy-dandy list of tips to help you on your way. Here you go:
1/ Be Prepared for the Weather
I had a fun musing on this topic a few posts back, but it just bears repeating. The weather on the Oregon coast can change on a dime. Don’t fear it, but be prepared for a bit of everything. Perhaps the only major issue we encountered was alot of reeeeaally moist air which made it difficult to keep the rig comfortably dry especially with a combo of somewhat chilly air. Since pretty much all the State Parks have hookups, when we come back we’re bringing a small dehumidifier which we think will be just the ticket.
2/ Book Ahead for State Parks
The Oregon State Parks are fabulous, but that also means they’re pretty popular especially on the coast. During summer when the kids are out of school almost everything books ahead. Once school season starts you’ll find plenty of spots mid-week, but might still need bookings for the week-end. If you don’t make the online reservation system in time there are a few first-come-first-serve parks (e.g. G.Washburne, Cape Blanco) plus lots of private options along the coast too. The Suislaw Forest also offers several primitive NFS campgrounds around the Central Coastal area.
3/ Pick Up Some Guides
The Oregon Visitor Centers are a great place to stop before you come to the coast. My #1 tip is the Oregon Coast Mile-By-Mile Guide, a mile-by-mile shot of simply everything on Hwy 101 (great resource!). For special interests check out some of the extra guides offered by the State Parks, especially the Oregon State Parks Guide (detailed info on all State Parks), Oregon Coast Lighthouses (a great guide on the entire collection of coastal lighthouses), Oregon Coast Trail Maps (for the avid hiker) and Tide Tables ( for timing those romantic walks on the beach). For Horse-lovers there’s even a special Horse Heaven camping and trail-guide.
4/ Don’t Worry About the Roads
Hwy 101 is excellent and there’s really no worry about travelling the entire length, even with a “beast” and toad. There’s a couple of curvy spots, perhaps a few bumpy areas, but the overall quality of the drive is great. We also found plenty of easy-access gas stations for big-rigs (both gas and diesel). We would recommend it for anyone.
5/ Take Your Time
There is soooo much natural beauty along the Oregon Coast including no end of day-trips, hiking trails, towns, visits that it really makes sense to take your time. By giving yourself some extra days you’ll also be able to weather just about any forecast that comes your way, giving the opportunity to enjoy the coast at it’s best. Take your time, soak it all in and enjoy the ride!
With that said we wag our tails, raise our glasses and say goodbye to the wonderful coast…or rather I prefer adieu since there’s no doubt we’ll meet again.
EXTRA = Some Additonal Resources:
- Free Camping in Oregon – list of free or nearly free sites incl. the coast
- Private/County campgrounds on the Coast - the most comprehensive listing I’ve found for private camping. Sites are sorted by whether they have direct water views or within a short distance to the water.
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