Cape Lookout State Park

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Major Features & Activities:
  • Camping (ADA)
  • Reservable
  • Yurt (ADA)
  • Deluxe Cabin
  • Hiking Trails
  • Dump Station
  • Picnicking
  • Viewpoint
  • Wildlife
  • Open Year Round
  • Restrooms Flush (ADA)
  • Hot Shower (ADA)
  • Exhibit Information
  • Fishing
  • Hiker Biker
  • Cabins/Yurts Pets OK (ADA)
  • Ampitheater
  • Beach Access
  • Day-Use Fee

Cape Lookout State Park can be reached by traveling an hour and a half west of Portland through the scenic Wilson River pass. Along the way stop and enjoy waterfalls, scenic views and some great fishing.

A popular campground and day-use area, Cape Lookout is located on a sand spit between Netarts Bay and the ocean, giving you a terrific view of the ocean with easy access to the beach. Beachcombing is popular here, and the park is reputedly a good place to find glass floats. More than eight miles of hiking and walking trails wind through a lush old-growth forest. The Cape Lookout trail follows the headland for more than two miles. A bench is located at the end of the trail. Enjoy the view! You might see a whale or two along with other wildlife.

One walking trail -- the nature trail -- is perfect for a shorter jaunt. The nature trail gives you a close-up view of native trees and other plants. Numbered markers are keyed to a trail guide. The beach which runs for more than three miles from the base of Cape Lookout to the end of the Netarts sand spit provides another great option for walking at Cape Lookout. Be sure to be aware of incoming tides, as some areas of the beach will completely disappear during high tide.

Be sure to look up when you visit this park ... hang gliders and paragliders fill the air with colorful wings as they catch thermals and rise to dizzying heights. Along with Cape Kiwanda and Cape Meares, Lookout is part of the Three Capes Scenic Route.

Campground info

  • 38 full-hookup sites
  • 170 tent sites with water nearby
  • One electrical site with water
  • 13 yurts (Six pet-friendly)
  • Six deluxe cabins (3 pet-friendly)
  • Two group tent camping areas
  • Hiker/biker camp
  • Meeting hall
  • Hot showers and flush toilets
  • Firewood for sale
  • RV dump station (closed in winter)

Universal Access

Two campsites, one cabin and nine yurts are accessible to campers with disabilities.