Polly poses on gorgeous Harris State Beach

Polly poses on gorgeous Harris State Beach

Another lovely Oregon State Park set on a cliff above a beach on the very SW tip of the state in Brookings, OR

Link to campground here: Harris Beach State Park, Brookings, OR
Link to map location here: Harris Beach State Park, Brookings, OR

  1. Site Quality =3.5/5
    There is a big mix of site quality here from very (very nice) to not so nice depending on where you end up. Sites are generally paved back-ins with picnic table and fire-pit. A few sites have yurt + hookups for those that want both. We loved the A-loop sites, but really wouldn’t want to stay in any other the other loops.
    A – Loop: This is by far the nicest loop in the park. Sites are large, well-separated, flat, spacious and nicely private (most have trimmed hedges). All are 30Amp/water and most have cable TV too! Sites facing the ocean (A10, A12, A18, A20-A25) are super-prime and have fabulous (full!) ocean views out the front, but all are very nice. You really can’t go wrong in this loop.
    B-loop: This is a mixed loop with some small tent sites and also a series of full hookup (30Amp/water/sewer) RV sites (B1-B8 and B11-B30 odd numbers). Although the full hookups are a nice touch I found these sites to be smaller, more uneven, darker and closer than I’d liked. The nicest of the full hookups are B2-B8 (even numbers).
    C, D-loop: These are mostly smaller sites. There are a few larger sites near the ocean (C1-C4) which would fit us, but the remainder is a smaller-sized selection of full hookups and very (very) variable non-hookup sites which are really only suitable for tenters or very small rigs. Many sites were very uneven here too.
  2.  Facilities = 5/5
    Very nice facilities here. Large, warm, excellent showers and nicely clean toilets. On-site laundry (only $1 per load!) and on-site dump station. The park also has a playground and lots of areas to picnic around the park and beach.
  3. Location = 5/5
    Great location for hanging by the beach and seeing town. The campground is on a cliff above the rock-lined beach with only ~10 minute walk to sand. You are also right next to Brookings with shopping only minutes away (Fred Meyers & Rays are less than a mile), plus a bike-path into town. Just north of the park is lovely Samuel H.Boardman State Park and just 25 miles south is Crescent City which has redwoods and a lovely lighthouse. Everything within easy reach!
  4. Pet Friendliness = 5/5
    Great location for doggie. There is good space in camp and lots of beach to run & play. Several nice trails around the campground for hiking too.

Overall Rating = 4.6
BONUS ALERT = Camp with a view of the Ocean!

Summary: This campground is a huge favorite for everyone who comes here and I have to agree it’s most lovely. It’s set very picturesquely on a cliff above a pretty rock-lined beach and has all the facilities and amenities you’d want (great showers, playground, even on-site laundry!). It’s in a great location just minutes from town and the Brookings Marina, a few miles from Samuel H.Boardman State Park and just 25 miles from Crescent City which has redwoods and a lovely lighthouse. All around excellent stuff. The only place it gets weird is the site quality. The park has a selection of full hook-up or water/electric (30 Amp only) and non-hookup, some of which are outstanding (e.g. the front A-loop sites) and even have ocean views (A10, A12, A18, A20-A25) whereas others are extremely small or very uneven (e.g. C/D loops). In practice this means there are way less usable big-rig sites than most of the other OR State Parks we’ve been to making the fewer sites that fit very desirable and very difficult to get. We were extremely happy with our A-loop site (A15) which had huge sitting area and slice of ocean view, but would not really have wanted to stay in any of the other loops. A superb state park and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay, but book ahead if you want to come (or be ready to play musical chairs in the off-season).

Extra Info:  A mixed 3G/4G LTE signal here (our MiFi kept flipping back and forth), but decent signal overall. 145 total sites of which 35 are full hookup ( 30Amp/water/sewer), 50 are 30Amp/water and 60 are tent only (= definitely not big-rig friendly). Sites cost $28-$30/night in summer season, $21/night in off-season. $1 extra for cable. Some sites have yurts+hookups. All sites reservable in summer season. On-site dump station and water.

P.S. You can see a shot of each and every campsite in this State Park on campsitephotos.com

Picture looking down our loop. RV in site A17 on right, we're in A15 behind. Lots of privacy here.

Picture looking down our loop. RV in site A17 on right, we’re in A15 behind. Lots of privacy & space here.

View of one of the super-primo sites in A-loop. This is A20 with full water view

View of one of the super-primo sites in A-loop. This is A20 with full water view out the front.

Another look down the primo ocean-view sites. RV is in A18 on right.

Another look down the primo ocean-view sites. RV on right is in A18. Another lovely site!

View down more spacious A loop sites. RV in site A31 on right with A33 behind it.

Another view of A loop sites. RV in site A31 on right with A33 behind it.

View of the nicer of B-loop hookups. This is B2 on left. Too small for us, but could fine for a smaller rig.

View of the nicer of B-loop hookups. This is B2 on left. Too small for us, but fine for a smaller rig.

View of full hookup sites in B loop. B23 on left, B25 on right. These are too close for my liking.

View of not-as-nice full hookup sites in B loop. B23 on left, B25 on right. These are too close for my liking.

View of full hookup C-loop sites. RV in C22 on left with C20, C18 behind. These are best for smaller rigs.

View of full hookup C-loop sites. RV in C22 on left with C20, C18 behind. These are best for smaller rigs.

View of super-small tent sites in C/D loop. This is C24

View of super-small tent sites in C/D loop. This is C24

Another view of one of super-small tent sites. This is D12. Definitely not big-rig friendly!

Another view of one of super-small tent sites in C/D loops. This is D12. Definitely not big-rig friendly!

View of our HUGE sitting area in A15.

View of our HUGE sitting area in A15. We also had a slice of ocean view out our front windshield.

View of playground

View of playground

View of facilities

View of facilities

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9 Responses to SP Campground Review – Harris Beach State Park, Brookings, OR

  1. Very nice campground photos, provide a better perspective than CampsitePhotos.com Appreciate tips on specific sites.
    Wanted to correct your Brookings to Crescent City mileage, it’s more like 25-26 miles. Travelers should also know there’s an agricultural inspection station at the CA border where they’ll ask about fruits and vegetables onboard.
    In the fall and winter Elk congregate along Hwy. 101 around Smith River. I’ve seen them on the shoulder of the highway!

  2. Else ireland says:

    Thanks for all the info on Harris Beach, S.P. W e will definitely spend some time there, when in Oregon. We are settled in Marin, and loving it. Mediteranian weather. How good can it get. Wishing you both HAPPY Travels. Hope to meet up with you in the desert. Else and Kim.

  3. zeeb2012 says:

    Nina,

    Do you use your iphone to post on wordpress? If so, how do you put photos within your post? Mine always just go to the top and I can’t place them between my post. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks! Shawna

    Sent from my iPhone

    • libertatemamo says:

      Nope, I use my computer. I would imagine you can move pictures around on a phone post by manually editing the HTML code (if you have that option), but otherwise I have no clue.
      Nina
      P.S. I don’t own an iPhone either…

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  5. Karyn says:

    Yet again, inspired by your blog! Just booked A12 for August (2 nights), so excited!!!!

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