I was never much for camping until I started camping in Oregon. Specifically camping on the Oregon coast. It has the perfect blend of beach and green trees. There are many popular camp spots, but I have only tried a couple of these spots. There are many that I would love to camp at and maybe I will get to all of them. Here are a few that are popular and picturesque.
Florence, Oregon is a popular coastal town, especially if you like the Dunes. I’m not much for riding Atvs, but I do love horses. Riding horses on the beach is a dream of mine that I intend to achieve. There is a trail where you can ride horses on the beach in Florence. I have heard it is a lot of fun. There is also a state park with one of my favorite trails, lighthouses and beach access. It is the Heceta Head State Park. The closest camp spot to all of these lovely attractions is Honeyman campground. There is no beach access which is a bummer for me. However it is close to the Dunes and tourist attractions. You can camp or rent a yurt. For some reason the yurt prices here are higher than other campgrounds so you may just want to grab a camp spot. There is a lovely river called the Siuslaw River. Many people fish, kayak and enjoy the scenic view.
A place that I visit, but have not yet camped at is Lake Marie. These is a beautiful river located outside of Reedsport. This is a small town on the Oregon coast that is close to Dunes and Winchester Bay. There is a lighthouse, scenic view point and a trail around the lake that I love to walk on. There are beautiful trees and flowers. Unfortunately since it is a small area there are not many camp spots which means if you get a spot you are lucky. I love the view of the river and mountains. Many people fish, kayak and study the various plants around the river. The trail has many of the plants named so it is also educational.
My favorite place to camp is on Beverly Beach in Newport, Oregon. My family has a yearly camping tradition of camping at this campground in the summer. It is bigger than some of the other camp spots but it fills up fast. This is a great beach to beachcomb and look for seashells. It is picturesque for taking landscape photos which I love to do. It is close to the Bay, shopping, Yaquina Head Lighthouse and other tourists attractions. I mostly love that is is right by the beach and such a picturesque place to visit.
Oregon is known for many beautiful places and interesting wildlife. I have always loved Heceta Beach which is just outside of Florence, Oregon. I love taking landscape photos there and just relaxing. I have taken the Heceta trail to the Heceta Lighthouse which has a great view at the top of the trail. I have seen sea lions, grey whales and picturesque sunsets, but until my trip last week, I had never seen the tidepools on this beach.
I was taking pictures of the awesome caves and rocky cliffs when I realized the tide was coming in. I started looking for seashells, but noticed because of the rocks that there were only pieces of shells. Also there were seagulls flying around eating the crabs and other sea creatures they could find to eat. I noticed some jellyfish that were dead and had been washed up from the tide. I also noticed pools of water around the rocks which are tidepools. I was climbing on the rocks carefully and looking to see what was in these pools. I saw many red and green sea anemones which looked pretty neat. I saw muscles, sand shrimp, sand crabs, hermit crabs, tiny fish and tadpoles. The most interesting ocean life I saw was a starfish. In fact, I saw a few starfish. I have always loved starfish, especially if they have a pretty color like the starfish I saw clinging to the rocks on the beach. There were many tourists out so it was hard to get pictures of these creatures, but I did manage to get a few. Now I can add tidepools to the interesting tourist attraction of Heceta Beach and Heceta Head State Park.
I recently returned from a much too short trip to Bandon, Oregon. Bandon is a small town on the Oregon coast. This town has shopping including an area called Old Town Bandon that I really like visiting. I also love the Cranberry Sweet Shop where you can buy tasty treats and get free samples. There are also art galleries and art carvings in Bandon. The Bandon Bayfront has many interesting carvings.
What I really love about Bandon is the beach area. Not only because I love beaches all over the United States, but Bandon has some of the most beautiful beach access. The Bandon Beach isn’t only peaceful and beautiful but it has personality. There are huge, interesting rock sculptures on the beach. It’s almost like a rock sculpture museum. These rock formations are natural. There are several names for the rock formations which I am still learning. I know Table Rock and Face Rock. I was looking for the Cat and Kittens rock, but I missed it somehow. There’s always next time.
I have been visiting Bandon often for the past fifteen years. However for some reason I wasn’t able to get to Bandon last year. I got to Florence, Newport, Reedsport and Lincoln City, but not Bandon. I wanted to make sure I got to visit Bandon this year. The beaches are a place you must visit especially when touring the Oregon Coast. I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as the weather because February is still winter. Thought the coast is beautiful in the sunshine, the winter does get stormy and cold. Lucky for me I was blessed with a perfect day as far as winter on the coast. It was cold but the sun was shining. It was so beautiful. It had that natural coastal breeze blowing but it was really beautiful. The only part I didn’t like was trying to get to the beach from where we were staying. I have Vertigo so walking down a steep, old, wooden staircase to the beach was not fun. The view was worth it. Next time I will try to find a place closer to the beach so I can just walk down a short trail. As I mentioned, the view was beautiful.