With all the rustic charm of the Pacific Northwest, coastal Oregon is lined with stunning beaches, lush forests, and rolling hills. For those looking to fully experience the region, Cape Lookout State Park is sure to impress. With hiking and camping options for every outdoor adventurer, this park can be an escape during any season.
About an hour and a half west of Portland, Cape Lookout rises over the Pacific ocean and Netarts Bay on a cliff-edge. Beaches and bluffs give way to hiking trails and lookouts. Whether you are setting up camp for the weekend or taking a quick day trip, this outdoor experience offers the best of sea and shore.
Cape Lookout State Park has various trail options for all types of hikers. All trails lead to breathtaking views through serene landscape, and you are likely to spot PNW birds and other wildlife. One of the most popular treks, the Cape Lookout Trail stretches for 4.7 miles to the lookout. This out and back trail meanders along the coast at 810 feet in elevation. During the whale season, hikers can spot whales breaching in the water — a beautiful site for animal lovers.
For those looking for a shorter hike, the nature trail is an excellent option. This trail will take you through native plant and animal life. And of course, guests are welcome to stroll along the three-mile beach. Oregon State Parks urges guests to stay alert of incoming tides, so opt for a walk during low tide.
Interested in staying for a weekend or longer? Cape Lookout State Park is a coastal camper’s dream. With 38 full-hookup sites, 170 tent sites, 13 yurts, two group sites, a hiker/biker camp, and six cabins, there is a camping option for every individual, group, and family. Those looking for camping comforts can enjoy hot showers and flush toilets.
A Stunning Coastal Stop
Cape Lookout joins Cape Kiwanda and Cape Meares to make the Three Capes Scenic Route. Those looking to explore the PNW can take in the beauty of this park while looking forward to the other stunning landscapes in the region. Cape Lookout State Park is open year round for your nature experience.