C-20130529 Cape Dissapointment AM (9) (JPG)

Just another day on Cape Disappointment beach

A simply wonderful state park on the tip of wild & gorgeous Cape Disappointment at the very SW end of  WA.

Link to campground here: Cape Disappointment State Park, WA
Link to map location here: Cape Disappointment State Park, WA

  1. Site Quality = 5/5 Outstanding sites here if you book in the main campground (sites 1-180). All sites are large paved back-in with spacious ”sitting areas” containing picnic table & fire-pit. There is a mix of full hookup (50 Amp/water/sewer -> Sites 1-60) to partial (30 Amp/water -> sites 62-87) or non-hookup, plus also Yurts.  The sites are arranged in “rings” of 10 sites around a circle (like the spokes of a wheel) so there is generally very good separation and a natural, relaxed feel. There is generous vegetation, green and trees, and the circular arrangement means you only ever really see a few other RVs from your particular site.  The circles nearest the beach (sites 11-20, 101-110, 161-170) are only open in summer, have a little more sun and are literally steps from the beach. A few select sites (e.g. 15-18, 104-106, 167-168) even have slices of beach views. The rings further from the beach are generally very wooded/shaded, but very private and still only a short walk to the sand.
    Note/ The only sites I don’t recommend are the primitive sites near the ranger entrance and outside the main campground (sites 181-234) since they are unpaved, uneven/small and far from the beach. These are really tent-only and not suitable for RVs.
  2.  Facilities = 3.5/5 Basic, good facilities here. Large warm, showers and toilets all kept spotlessly clean. Biggest ding is showers are pay-only ($0.50 for 3 mins). On-site dump station.
  3. Location = 5/5 Camping here is worth it for the location alone. You are on the very tip of Cape Disappointment, literally steps from a gorgeous beach with views of dramatic cliffs (and a lighthouse). The park itself has tons of hiking/biking trails, several additional beaches, a lovely Lewis&Clark Interpretive Museum and two lighthouses. You could easily spend days just exploring the park. In addition you are only a few miles away from sleepy Ilwaco and the fun of the Long Beach Peninsula. No end of stuff to do here.
  4. Pet Friendliness = 5/5 Great doggie site. Lots of space at camp, a huge (enormous) beach to romp on plus tons of trails to hike around the park. Park even offers doggie-bags at the campground.

Overall Rating = 4.6
BONUS ALERT =
 Camp just steps from gorgeous beach, dramatic cliffs, lighthouses and history!

Summary: If locations could write, this spot would be a novel. Cape Disappointment is a wild, crazy beautiful location of dramatic cliffs, beaches and not just one, but two lighthouses. There are tons of hiking trails, exceptional beaches and no end of historical interest. Plus you’re only a few miles from Ilwaco and the fun of the Long Beach Peninsula. Add onto that a lovely campground with spacious sites that have lots of vegetation and are well-separated into circles of only 10 sites each giving a wonderful, natural feel to the entire setting. All sites are paved with good “sitting areas” providing picnic table plus fire-pit and a mix of full hookups, partial hookups and primitive. The sites closest to the beach are literally steps from the sand and even the furthest are within easy walking distance. The only potential dings? This place is known for it’s crazy weather so you may get a mix of just about anything out here, plus there is zero (NO) Verizon signal. But you can grab a free WiFi signal at the local pizza joint and when that sun opens up, the spot is simply magical. Even if you don’t stay in your RV here, I highly recommend a visit. We LOVED our time here and would most definitely come back!

Extra Info: NO Verizon signal (zero, nada, zip) at campground. There is a usable 3G signal near the entrance of the park, plus free WiFi at Serious Pizza. 180 sites in main campground, all reservable online. Sites cost $32-37/night for full hookups (60 sites -> 50 Amp/water/sewer), $30-35 for partial hookups (18 sites -> 30 Amp/water), $23-26 for standard sites (all remaining sites -> no hookups) in summer season. On-site dump station.

NOTE/ WA State Parks has pics of each campsite on their reservation page.

View of our site (#18). The path to the beach is just to the right of us and we had a slice ocen view on that side too.

View of our site (#18). The path to the beach is just to the right of us and we had a slice ocean view on that side too.

View further back of our "ring". Site #20 on left with #19, us in #18 behind it. All full hookup.

View further back of our “ring”. Site #20 on left with #19, us in #18 behind it. All full hookup.

View to side of us. Empty site #17 with #16, #15 behind it. These all have slice ocean views. The only site I didn't like was #17 since it had a "shortened" sitting area.

View to side of us. Empty site #17 with #16, #15 behind it. These all have slice ocean views. The only site I didn’t like here was #17 since it had a “shortened” sitting area because of the path to the beach.

View of entrance to another "ring" (sites 21-30). You can see how much vegetation & privacy is in each loop. These are full hookup.

View of entrance to another “ring” (sites 21-30). You can see how much vegetation & privacy is in each loop. These are full hookup.

View of sites in another "ring". On left #6 with #5, #4 behind it. These are all full hookup.

View of sites in another “ring”. On left #6 with #5, #4 behind it. These are all full hookup.

View of one of furthest back rings in full hookup area. Site #45 in front with #44 behind. Lots of privacy here.

View of one of furthest back rings in full hookup area. Site #45 in front with #44 behind. Lots of privacy here.

View down partial hookup ring. Empty site #69 on left with #68, #67 behind.

View down partial hookup ring. Empty site #69 on left with #68, #67 behind.

View down non-hookup ring. Site #110 on left, #109 on right.

View down non-hookup ring. Site #110 on left, #109 on right. Very wooded here.

View down non-hookup ring closest to the cliffs. Site #156 on left, #155 on right.

View down non-hookup ring closest to the cliffs. Site #156 on left, #155 on right.

View of beach-side ring in non-hookup section. Site #168 on left with #167 on right. Both have slice ocean views.

View of beach-side ring in non-hookup section. Site #168 on left with #167 on right. Both have slice ocean views.

View of picnic table & fire-pit at each site.

View of picnic table & fire-pit at each site.

Primitive sites near the ranger entrance. These are the only sites I *don't* recommend for RVs. No separation or privacy here, plus sites are small. #198 on right.

Primitive sites near the ranger entrance. These are the only sites I *don’t* recommend for RVs. No separation or privacy here, plus sites are small. #198 on right.

View of facilities in main campground.

View of facilities in main campground.

15 Responses to SP Campground Review – Cape Disappointment State Park, WA

  1. Dean S. says:

    Heading there tomorrow…your review can’t be more timely! Safe travels…

  2. Mark Gehring says:

    I guess you could say you were not “Disappointed” at this Cape ( ha ha ha ). We”l be in Long Beach in a few weeks at our neighbor’s beach house, but we haven’t been to the light houses and Lewis & Clark stuff in a long time, I think you have inspired us to get over there !

    • libertatemamo says:

      Definitely not disappointed LOL. Hope you manage a day-trip to the park. Both the lighthouses and the Interpretive Center are well-worth the visit. Some pretty neat hiking around too.
      Nina

  3. Jodee says:

    Definitely have this one on our “do the first summer” list of places to stay!!
    Thanks for the great pictures and info.

  4. Ralph says:

    Glad you had a chance to enjoy one of the really cool places in Washington. Hopefully, you’ll be back to enjoy more…cuz there’s dozens of places you would really like.

  5. Upriverdavid says:

    Oh Yes..You got the sweet site..I’ve been there Zillions of times…Some were very wet, even got my raincoat out to walk the beach one time.Also a great place to ride your bike all flat unless you wish to ride to the lighthouse.
    The Coast Guard training center is also there and I had no problem visiting them.
    David

    • libertatemamo says:

      We had to wear our raincoats a couple of times the week we were there. Got all kinds of weather! Loved every minute :)
      Didn’t know you could visit the training facility. Cool!
      Nina

  6. Leigh says:

    Boo no Verizon!! Great photos and review as always, thank you!!

    • libertatemamo says:

      Yeah, I know..total bummer. If it wasn’t for the lack of Internet we would sign up to host here in a heartbeat. Such an awesome spot!
      Nina

  7. Paul says:

    Hi Nina,
    Getting ready to reserve a spot at Cape Disappointment 1-59 to attend the Long Beach Kite festival next Aug. I can’t find a source telling me the depth (driveway length) of each site. Are they all about the same size? Have a 25′ travel trailer.
    Paul

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Set your Twitter account name in your settings to use the TwitterBar Section.