SP Campground Review – Harris Beach State Park, Brookings, OR
Another lovely Oregon State Park set on a cliff above a beach on the very SW tip of the state in Brookings, OR
NOTE/ Review updated as of last stay April, 2016
- 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.
- Facilities = 5/5
Very nice facilities here. Large, warm, excellent showers (no timer buttons!) and nicely clean toilets. The park also has a playground and lots of areas to picnic around the park and beach. On-site dump station with easy access.
- 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!
- 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 you’d want (great showers, playground, dump station etc.). 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: Mostly decent cell signal -> 2 bars Verizon LTE signal (although our MiFi flipped to 3G every now and then), 2 bars ATT LTE. 145 total sites of which 35 are full hookup ( 30Amp/water/sewer, $30/night), 50 sites are 30Amp/water ($28/night) and 60 are tent only (= definitely not big-rig friendly, $20/night). Cable TV is an extra $1/night. Some sites have yurts+hookups. All sites reservable in summer season. On-site dump station and water.
Video Overview: Want to see & hear it on film? Check out our ~6 minute video overview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jECz01_9i4Y
P.S. You can see a shot of each and every campsite in this State Park on campsitephotos.com