Our Top 5 Oregon Coast RV Parks

The Oregon coast is a beautiful place to call home for a couple of days, weeks, or months when traveling in an RV. We spent three glorious months traveling the entire Oregon coast in our fifth wheel and never found a place that wasn’t breathtakingly beautiful. While there is no shortage of RV parks on the Oregon coast, there are some that are better than others. Better campsites, better amenities, and better locations. Here are our top five favorite RV parks on the Oregon Coast.

Please note: We are Thousand Trails members and would highly recommend looking at a Thousand Trails Membership if you are going to be full-timing. If you are not a member, these parks do have limited retail sites available.

Northern Oregon

Seaside RV Resort

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Location

Located just off of the 101 on 12th Ave. in Seaside is this RV Resort by Thousand Trails. Seaside RV Resort is located about 1.5 miles from the Promenade, beach, and downtown Seaside. If you brought your bike along, it’s an easy ride to and from town, and probably quicker than driving on a busy weekend! The campground is an excellent home base for exploring all the Northern coast has to offer, from Astoria and Lewis and Clark National Historical Park to the north, and Tillamook and Cannon Beach to the south.

Amenities

Seaside RV Resort has amenities to keep everyone having fun throughout your stay. We all loved the indoor pool and spa. There is a large hot tub, dry sauna, large swimming pool, and the best part (at least to us) is the 1.5 ft. deep kid pool. Our kids wanted to spend every hour of every day in the kiddie pool! The pool is on the north side of the park, so that’s where we decided to stay. Other amenities include two clubhouses, two playgrounds, fitness center, mini golf, basketball and tennis courts, clean bathrooms, and a laundry room. The laundry room has six washers and six dryers. The only downside is it’s located on the south side of the park, so you’ll need to drive if camping on the north side. When we arrived, we got an activities calendar, but the only activity we attempted to attend was a bonfire at the group fire pit area. Apparently, it was a member-led activity, and that member didn’t show up, so no bonfire. There is Wi-Fi available throughout the park for a fee, but it's free in the clubhouses and laundry room. We had 2-3 bars of 4G LTE of Verizon and AT&T throughout most of the park.

Campsites

This RV park on the Oregon coast offers 30 and 50 AMP sites. There are both pull thru and back in. We prefer back in sites as they provide a little more privacy. We stayed in site #164, but if you aren’t familiar with Thousand Trails campgrounds, you can’t reserve specific sites ahead of time. We chose this site because it was covered on two sides by the woods and it’s close to the pool, playground, and clubhouse. Sites come with picnic tables and fire rings.

Central Oregon

Whalers Rest RV & Camping Resort

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Location

Whalers Rest is located about 7 miles south of Newport, OR on the 101. If you are looking to get your rig as close to the Oregon coast as possible, this might be the place! The Pacific Ocean is just 150 yards from the park. A short walk on the wooded trail, quick cross of the 101, and you’re at Lost Creek Beach. This RV park on the Oregon coast offers easy access to everything on the central coast. Some of our favorite stops included Cape Perpetua and Yachats to the south, and Depoe Bay, Devil’s Punchbowl, and the city of Newport to the North. In Newport make sure to check out the Historic Bayfront area, Nye Beach, Rogue Brewery, and The Port of Newport public fishing pier for crabbing and clamming.

Amenities

While walking access to the beach was good enough for us, Whalers Rest offers several other amenities as well. The north side has a smaller lodge with fitness center, laundry room, and mini-golf course. The north side is also your only chance of catching a Verizon signal, although we didn’t get one when driving through. The south side of the park has tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool and spa, general store, playground, and walking trail to the beach. AT&T works just fine on the south side (and the north side). There are a ton of fun, staff-led activities at Whalers Rest. Our favorites included the weekly ice cream social and candy bar bingo! This is hands down one of the best parks as far as amenities and activities go, especially with kids.

Campsites

We stayed in site #61 on the south side and absolutely loved it. We opted for that side of the park for easy access to the playground, pool, and beach. The only downside was having to drive to the other side to do laundry. We also had granny come out for a visit during our time at Whalers Rest, and her cabin was on the north side. Campsites include full hookups, picnic table, and fire pit. There are a few pull thrus, but the majority of sites are back in 30 AMP. Most sites (at least on the south side) are wooded, providing some privacy.

South Jetty RV & Camping Resort

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Location

This RV park on the central Oregon Coast is located just 2.5 miles south of Florence, OR off of the 101. The park is only a mile up the road from Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and South Jetty Beach Day Use Area. This was our first experience with dunes. They are beautiful and provide extra beach fun. If you are an ATVer or dune buggier (is that what they’re called?), you’ll love it here. We spent our time on the dunes running super fast and sledding. Yes, you can sled on the sand! Some of our other favorite places to visit while staying at the South Jetty RV & Camping Resort include the Sea Lion Caves, Heceta Head Lighthouse, Hobbit Trail & Beach, and Old Town Florence. We also made a day trip over to Eugene, which was only a little over an hour.  

Amenities

South Jetty offers amenities such as large laundry room, beautiful lodge with pool table and plenty of space to play, outdoor pool (only open in the summer) and spa, playground, basketball court, and pickleball court. There are some lovely nature trails that run through the park There is free WiFi in the lodge, and we had pretty good Verizon and AT&T service during our stay.

Campsites

There is a campsite for everyone at South Jetty. We stayed in site #31, which is the only 30 AMP full hookup site in section C. They don’t generally allow fifth wheels in the C section, but we sweet talked our way in and had no trouble at all navigating tight turns. Most of the sites towards the back of the park are well shaded and wooded, providing a decent amount of privacy. We were there in the spring and there was a lot of mud and a good number of sites closed due to flooding. The park offers a number of 30 and 50 AMP full hookup sites as well as some sites without sewer. There is a dump station if needed. Sites come with a picnic table and fire ring.

Southern Oregon

Cape Blanco State Park

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Location

This Oregon State Park with campground is located on the state’s most western point and about nine miles north of Port Orford. Southern Oregon offers coastline that’s very different from the rest of the state, and Cape Blanco allows easy access to everywhere you’d want to explore. The state park itself has lots to explore such as the Cape Blanco Lighthouse (the oldest lighthouse on the Oregon coast), Historic Hughes House, eight miles of hiking trails, seven miles of horse trails, and beautiful sandy beaches. You can drive right onto the beach, which we did with the truck! Just be careful not to run over all that driftwood!

Amenities

Being a state park, there aren’t a ton of amenities, but that is part of the fun at a campground like this. There is a camp host on duty for any questions, firewood for sale, bathhouse with flush toilets and clean showers, and of course the easy access to everything the park has to offer. There is a laundromat in Port Orford if you need one. We had about two bars of 4G LTE coverage on AT&T and three bars of Verizon 4G LTE.

Campsites

There are 52 full hookup campsites at the RV park on the Oregon coast. There are no sewer hookups and the dump station is permanently closed, so be prepared for that, although there are a number of grey water cisterns scattered throughout the park. You can dump for free at Bullard Beach (to the north) or Humbug (to the south) State Parks. All sites are first come first serve. The park was pretty empty when we were there in March. We figured it was the time of year, but Harris Beach down the coast was way busier the same time of year! So, if you are trying to get into Harris and it’s full, try Cape Blanco. About 3/4s of the way around the loop the sites after the cabins backup to the woods followed closely by the ocean. There is no ocean access since you are about 150 ft. up on a cliff, but you can catch sunsets by walking through the woods to a small picnic table. We stayed in site #46, which was plenty large enough for our rig and truck and was located close to the trail to the beach. Each campsite comes with firepit and picnic table.

Harris Beach State Park

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Location

This state park might offer some of the best RV camping on the Oregon coast. I think most campers would agree with that because this park is very popular! It is located on the north end of Brookings, OR providing easy access to town and Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor to the north. Like Cape Blanco, you don’t even need to leave Harris Beach to experience the best of the southern Oregon Coast. We spent the majority of our time whale watching and exploring the beautiful beaches and tidepools. All within walking distance from our RV!

Amenities

Harris Beach State Park has everything you’ll need, except for laundry. Amenities include clean shower and flush toilets, firewood for sale, onsite camp host, playground, dump station. And of course, the best amenity of all, the location right on the coast! We had four bars of 4G LTE on both Verizon and AT&T.

Campsites

There are 65 full hookup sites and 29 sites without sewer at this RV park on the Oregon Coast. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. Reservations would be highly recommended for Harris Beach. We went at the end of March, without a reservation, and were very lucky to get a spot. They had just opened up section D to first come first serve, and that is the only reason we were able to get a spot. The site was only 35 feet long (which is precisely the length of our fifth wheel) and somehow we were able to make it work! If you can make reservations well in advance, I’d recommend sites A18 - A25. They have killer views of the ocean!

The Oregon coast is like no other place we’ve camped before. Each RV park offered easy access to the beach, forest, and whatever fishing village we happen to be close to. Have you had the pleasure of RVing the Oregon Coast? Share your favorite RV and/or place to explore in the comments below!