Stop for an ice cream in Cloverdale before setting out to explore the Oregon coast.
Just a short drive inland from the Oregon Coast sits the tiny community of Cloverdale. Its location on the Nestucca River makes it an ideal jumping-off point for those wanting to take advantage of the area's fishing opportunities, and there are a few basic amenities in town for campers who want to stock up on groceries, use an ATM, browse for antiques, or simply stop to stretch their legs. The Nestucca Bay Creamery and Cheese Shop is a great place to pick up locally produced cheese, handmade ice cream, and Oregon wine.
Along the Oregon Coast
A short drive south of town along the Nestucca River sits scenic Nestucca Bay. Popular spots to visit along the bay include Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the day-use-only Bob Straub State Park.
Tillamook State Forest
Just north of Cloverdale, the Tillamook State Forest offers miles of hiking trails and fishing spots, not to mention plenty of lovely campgrounds.
The best time to go camping in Cloverdale is during the warm summer season, and the weather is at its hottest and driest from July until about the middle of September. Autumn is the best time for fishing, particularly for Chinook Salmon, while coastal whale-watching opportunities on the Oregon Coast are at their best from mid-December through mid-January and from late March through May.