The best camping near Nehalem Bay State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Nehalem Bay State Park adventure.

The best camping near Nehalem Bay State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Nehalem Bay State Park adventure.

Camping near Nehalem Bay State Park

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Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Nehalem Bay State Park adventure.

Bring your horse—or your plane—on a camping trip at this oceanfront state park.  

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Short Sands / Oswald Group Site

1 site · RV, Tent80 acres · Neahkahnie, OR
Welcome to Timber Canyon Ranch! A rustic tree farm with ocean views on the Oregon Coast. Experience a variety of epic group camping locations just above the iconic surf spot, Oswald State Beach, also known as Short Sands. Whether you're set on catching waves, hiking Smugglers Cove or exploring the charming towns of Cannon Beach and Manzanita, our picturesque property provides the perfect basecamp for your adventures. Abundant fun awaits you at one of our several different expansive 80-acre group sites; accommodating anywhere from 5 to 50 people. Revel in the variety of our ocean views, creek access/frontage, and unparalleled privacy. With this unique setting, why settle for a traditional campsite ever again? Embrace the extraordinary at our exceptional location and enjoy waking up to the sound of the surf and majestic ocean views. Disclaimers: Although Short Sands Beach / Oswald State Park is close, it’s not really walkable. However, it’s only half a mile North on Hwy 101 to the parking lots from our gate. Most of the campsites are about a half mile up the hill from our main entrance. So a total of about a mile to the beach. Each of our campsites are very rugged: not super flat and have jagged rock. The roads getting to each campsite are STEEP, NARROW, and have very FEW TURNAROUND OPTIONS. We recommend ONLY EXPERT drivers with 4x4 rigs. Lastly; there are no bathrooms! Please make sure you bring your own bathroom!
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Moore Farm

1 site · RV, Tent12 acres · Seaside, OR
Hello, we are right at the bottom of the saddle mountain area. We have a little piece of heaven, there are four ponds and a creek that runs through our property. We have open fields as well as some areas with timber. We see lots of wildlife, elk and deer mostly but also bald eagles, falcons, hearing and others. Feel like you're in the middle of nowhere while being just a few minutes from town and the beach.
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Tillamook - Trask River

3 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents52 acres · Tillamook, OR
Welcome to a premier Texas Longhorn ranch where you will be staying right next to the Trask River with access to fishing, boating and kayaking. If you are needing a little sensory-deprivation from everyday life. You have found it!! We invite you to experience a relaxing, calming atmosphere on the riverbank of the Trask River. Pitch your tent or bring your RV and embrace mother nature. Please contact me by phone 503-812-0630, as you can see we have closed our sites. However, i'm willing to work with folks around time frames. Thank you, Carmen
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The Lake Pasture

4 sites · RVs, Tents4 acres · Pacific City, OR
Welcome to our tranquil campground nestled amidst the stunning Oregon coastline. Our campground boasts four primitive sites, each offering a serene retreat into nature's embrace. Surrounded by lush greenery and towering trees, our campground provides a rustic escape for those seeking solace and adventure. With access to a shared private lake, guests can unwind by the water's edge, kayak, or simply soak in the beauty of the natural surroundings. Conveniently located just two miles north of Cape Kiwanda, our campground offers easy walking access to the pristine shores of Tierra Del Mar Beach. Situated between the charming coastal towns of Tillamook and Lincoln City, our campground serves as the perfect basecamp for exploring the wonders of the Oregon coast. Whether you're craving a peaceful getaway or yearning for outdoor exploration, our sites provide an idyllic setting for creating unforgettable memories amidst the rugged beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
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HolisticLifeFarm Clatskanie OR

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents17 acres · Clatskanie, OR
Welcome to Holistic Life Farm! We are a working homestead and delight in sharing our daily experience and offer visits with our sheep, cows and chickens. Holistic Life Farm offers a 1 dry tent site for up to 12 people, a quaint hideaway cabin, and a glamped out 16x20 canvas tent with a wood stove. We also offer 1 RV site in our parking area. Stop on your way to Astoria and the coast and make this your destination. Find us about 30 minutes off I-5 freeway across the Longview bridge or 45 minutes east of Astoria. Our farm sits about 5 miles off Highway 30 to the north. We can direct you to hiking and mountain biking trails in the area (Beaver Falls trailhead is 5 miles from our farm). There is a motor boat launch in the town of Clatskanie, with access to Columbia River. There is also a launch in the city park for kayaking. The Zen Monastery is just 5 miles away. Long Beach, WA is across the Columbia River via the Astoria Bridge. Lounging about the homestead works too.
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Rockaway Falcon - Rockaway Beach OR

3 sites · Lodging1 acre · Rockaway Beach, OR
A cottage on edge of forest, access to the whole comfortable 3 bedroom/2 bath home with deck, hot tub and fire pit or explore forest and make your own campsite. Ocean is nearby as well as the quaint small town of Rockaway Beach for supplies. Hike through moss covered giant trees, hundreds of years old. Find your own little fairy garden and commune with nature.
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Hurlys Hideaway

5 sites · RVs, Tents19 acres · Tillamook, OR
A very nice location located approximately 2 miles from the town of Tillamook. Very close to the beach Sand Lake various Rivers for fishing kayaking swimming Etc. Approximately 4 MI from Netarts Oceanside area , Netarts Bay, Cape Mears. A very nice location to be able to access all of these activities in Tillamook County. My land is Timber , some clearings, we'll see how this goes I'm just getting started.
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Powder Creek Campground

16 sites · RVs, Tents362 acres · Beaver, OR
Powder Creek Ranch is 362 acres, nestled into a valley, surrounded by forest in the Oregon Coast Range. The campground is in a secluded meadow next to Powder Creek, a pristine year round stream, perfect for wading and playing in. If you're looking to unplug and escape from the chaos of city life, we are all about peace and quiet and connecting with nature. Each of our 13 large campsites offers access to the creek, a picnic table and campfire ring. All sites accommodate RVs as well as tent camping. One of the campsites is next to the beaver pond, where you're likely to see a variety of wildlife. Our property also has 1/2 mile of Nestucca River frontage where you can swim or fish, whichever floats your boat. Niagara Creek/Pheasant Creek falls is a nearby hiking trail and there are deer and elk trails to explore all over the ranch. If you feel like venturing further, the beach is 23 miles away in Pacific City. We also offer pasture raised pork for sale. A variety of sausages (breakfast, chorizo, Italian, Bratwurst and Kielbasa), bacon (when available), pork chops and roasts.
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Celestine Fields

8 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Carlton, OR
Learn more about our land: In the heart of Willamette Valley AVA and on a breezy 20-acre lot of land we provide a space for you to set yourself up and enjoy life's natural bounty. We offer a small shared space with a wood fire stove and some essential items, many games (such as horseshoes), and lots of picnic areas and tables sprinkled throughout the property. The location is central and half an hour to just minutes away from water bodies Hagg Lake, Nestucca River, Yamhill River, little Niagara Falls, Mill Creek, Baker Creek, Rainbow Lake and more… Such as the Carlton public pool. If your looking to jaunt from camp a little further, we are located a little over an hour and a beautiful drive to the Pacific Coast and about an hour from Portland. Although in the middle of the country woods, we are surprisingly only two and a half miles from the adorable and quaint town of Carlton. So beside the views, you’ll be alongside some fantastic eateries and outstanding winemakers.  Being raised in the community, and over ten years of experience in the local food and wine industry, I can give recommendations aplenty.   ꕥ  The property has been in our family since the late 60’s and has recently been transferred in ownership to the next generation! It’s been a large adjustment with many precious memories in tow. In hopes to carry on the legacy we opened up camp mid-summer 2021, and it’s a work in progress (as work normally is!), but has been a beautiful experience being in a position to share. There are two family homes on the property with people who truly admire this land we have been given so we do ask you to respect our process in this adjustment, as we miss our grandparents and parents who have worked their entire lives for us to be here. With the work of these past couple seasons, and thanks to our fellow campers, we have been able to lay more gravel, get a more fluid bathroom situation established, and have purchased a 20ft stargazing tent that is in the works of being listed this season! So thank you for your support in this venture and in any form, I’m excited to be apart of your adventure and hope to see you in our neck of the woods soon! ❊ ❁ ❊  - Whitney
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Favorite Creek Campground

15 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents100 acres · Westport, OR
Come and explore this 100 acre wood. Play in small creeks and waterfalls. Walk the trails. Take in the view from top end of property. Watch elk deer and other wildlife. Enjoy your campfire roast Hotdogs, marshmallows and make some-mores. Camp is just 10 minutes from The small town of Clatskanie. There you can find just about anything you need. Jones beach/ Columbia river is only about a 10 minute drive, fishing and popular wind surfing spot. This property is a work in progress. We are still cleaning up from prior owners. We also have our sawmill operating on the property so you might see messes , junk, trash, ext… And you might hear working noises machine is running, etc. we try to be courteous about it but we ask that you understand that we do have to work.
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Elk Moon

1 site · Lodging20 acres · Gales Creek, OR
Elk Moon is a single yurt perched in a open clearing above the forest. Overlooking Mt Hood, Mt St Helens, Mt Adams and on the clearest days-Mt Jefferson. It’s a lovely open space where we’ve been joined by deer, elk, bald eagles, osprey and more. There’s an intimate relationship with the clouds here-sometimes wrapped in them, sometimes sitting on top of them-but everyday is dramatic and stunningly beautiful.Learn more about this land:Relax and rejuvenate your senses in a comfy, cozy and spacious 20 foot off-grid yurt. Wake up to the sunrise out your window and the site of Mount Hood and three other mountains on a clear day. Fall asleep to the site of the rising moon and the stars, enjoy the sounds of wildlife mixed with interesting sounds from the farm. Even the clouds feel dynamic and special here.This space has everything you need to enjoy time away from the city. Elk Moon has a secluded feel in a meadow at the top of a mountain surrounded by forest, but w/ neighbors not terribly far away. Enjoy coffee and meals inside on a basic two-burner camp stove or drive a short distance to town. A charming and clean composting toilet is located a few yards from the yurt. It is always cleaned in between campers. With hiking right outside your doorsteps and fantastic mountain views, Elk Moon is ideal for nature lovers. 
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Spirit's Grove

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents40 acres · Manning, OR
Spirit’s Grove is on 40 acres mostly natural forest. A few small streams run through the property, along the Creek and its 2 ponds, beaver dams, and busy wildlife highways. A Firepit, Trails, Yurt, Tents, Bunkhouse, Camping Areas and Lodge. Various Classes and Treatments are available with prior arrangements. And also just respite. The resident horses, goats, and cats are all rescues that have found their way into our hearts and home, and share the spaces. Within 15 minutes are some taverns and a restaurant, where you can enjoy good food and drinks. The Lodge is available for Events and Parties for separate fees. Contact us for your event needs. The over 2000 sqft Retreat Center has a private Kitchen, Bar, Dining Hall, large outdoor Patio area and Gazebo. From April to October, every third Saturday is a public Firepit. Everyone is invited to attend. Bring musical instruments, prepare to talk and share stories, bring snacks, and gaze at the sky. Guided walks are available. Fires are only allowed in the Firepit and designated cooking areas.
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The best camping near Nehalem Bay State Park guide

Overview

About

Spread out over a four-mile-long sand spit just south of Manzanita, Nehalem Bay State Park offers a ton of amenities for both day-trippers and overnight campers with two day-use areas right by the beach, a cycling path, and even an airport with fly-in campsites. It's a popular spot for equestrian camping, with horseback riding available through a local outfitter and a horse campsite for those with their own horses. Popular activities in the area include crabbing, clamming, fishing, and kayaking—seasonal boat docks are available for those who need them.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Campsites and yurts can be booked up to six months in advance and are released daily at 6am. Reservations can be made on the Oregon State Parks website up to 24 hours in advance.
  2. Same-day reservations are available directly at the Nehalem Bay Campground on a first-come, first-served basis. Loops D, E, and F are available for walk-ins from October until just before Memorial Day weekend. Arrive at sunrise for the best chances of getting a spot.
  3. Horse campsites are held for those with large animals until 7pm, after which they may be released to non-horse-having campers. If you show up looking for a regular site right at 7pm, you may have some last-minute luck.

When to go

Nehalem Bay State Park is open throughout the year, though some amenities—notably the boat docks and horseback riding outfitters—are only open through the busy season from mid-May through mid-October. July and August are particularly busy months here, with pleasant weather and crowds to match, though the weather often stays warm and relatively dry until the end of September. September weekdays are the sweet spot, with fewer crowds and nice weather.

Know before you go

  • Basic supplies and groceries are available in the town of Nehalem, a 10-minute drive from the park. If you need to do a big shop, your best bets are the cities of Seaside or Tillamook, both of which are about a 45-minute drive away.
  • The park’s campground is ADA-accessible, with three accessible campsites in the A loop and ADA restrooms at the campground and day-use areas. All yurts are also accessible.
  • Visitors with horses must arrive with a horse to guarantee their spot. Other similar large animals are also permitted.

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