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About Siuslaw National Forest
Campgrounds in Siuslaw
From steep cliffs to rolling hills, and soft sand dunes to verdant forests, Cape Perpetua Campground has got access to every blissful nature escape...
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Anyone who’s ever tried dispersed camping, raise your hand. Ok, now sit tight for a sec while we explain to everyone else that this is the name for...
Compared to some of the larger beach campgrounds in the area, Baker Beach Campground is a modest outpost along the Pacific Ocean. With only a...
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I stopped here for the first night of traveling down the southern Oregon coast in late August, and it was a nice place. I reserved online for $35. This was so nice to know that I had a spot reserved. The fog hung right on the coast but made a nice evening with a campfire and smores. Some of the campsites have little privacy, but site 15 has a nice trail that puts it secluded in a small clearing. (plus it is nearby to water and bathrooms) I did not get a chance to hike the trails nearby, but for my car camping trip this was perfect!
The Cape Perpetua area is one of my favorite places on the planet. There are choices for easy or challenging hikes. Exploring Cook's Chasm, Spouting Horn, Devil's Churn, and Thor's Well at high tide will get your heart pumping with the power of the ocean.
Campsites are a little close together but the incredible coastline and fabulous sites within easy hiking distance more than make up for it. Several campsites are more hidden off the road with thick vegetation providing privacy and a lovely river rushing by. Lots of well maintained trails for all levels of expertise and incredible coastline. Thor's well was by far my favorite.
This campground really only has 4 usable sites, and only 2 are even worth camping in. There are no picnic tables, garbage service, or amenities of any kind, just a single drop toilet that is often lacking proper cleaning and supplies. This campground used to be ok, now it is largely overrun by long-term (homeless??) campers, often has trash, and just has a way more sketchy vibe than it did years ago. Lots of locals use this as a party spot too, so you can expect random late night drive thrus and disruptive visitors at all hours. Overall its not at all worth the long drive to the campground, especially when the sites are all often now full.
Disgusted to see what has happened to this campground. Camped here in July 2016, used to be a destination for our local family campouts, but no longer will be. Trash everywhere, a burned up tent and other suspicious debris left in one of the sites, broken glass, etc. The set up is weird now too, many of the sites are not apparent, so it seems like a free for all as to where you can camp, which makes it awkward. Some weird acting campers who appear to have set up long term (as previous reviewer stated). No attendant or ranger made an appearance to even check the bathroom during our stay. They should make this place a pay site and clean it up for those who actually want to enjoy it as a campground.
History of Siuslaw National Forest
Siuslaw National Forest was established in 1908 created by the ecocentric President Theodore H. Roosevelt as a gesture to preserve America’s natural beauty.
The Siuslaw combined the Tillamook Forest Reserve and acreage from the Umpqua Forest Reserve.
Before and a little bit after the land became a National Forest, Americans were homesteading it in the area.
The name, Siuslaw, originates from one of the three Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians. In addition, Siuslaw was also an Yakoan language spoken in surprise, surprise Southern Oregon.
For more information, browse the Siuslaw National Forest Collection, here.