Campsite Review: South Beach Campground is in South Beach State Park located two miles south of Newport, Oregon on the south side of Yaquina Bay. We love it. The campground is part of South Beach State Park just to the west of the highway, carved into the dense forest. South Beach State Park is very private and secluded, but still only two miles to town.
There are 325 total sites and 225 sites with partial hookups at South Beach State Park. This place is huge. Oregon has huge campgrounds in its state parks and many are along the coastline.
The loops at South Beach Campground start at the south end with a partial loop with yurts. The north end called the H loop is set aside for tent camping.
Here is our blog post about our multiple stays in northwest Oregon: Southbound on the Oregon Coast
South Beach State Park is very nice.
Website: South Beach State Park
Address: 5580 SW Coast Hwy, Newport, OR 97366
Link to Google Map for the area: South Beach State Park
Phone Number: 503) 986-0707 Ranger Station
Reservations: Reserve America (800) 452-5687, Reservations are highly recommended and probably mandatory for weekends.
Season: Portions of the campground are open year-round.
Dates stayed: October 20 – 24, 2019
Comfort: When we stayed at South Beach State Park the weather was nice. The temperatures between were very nice even in the last part of October. You just need to leave before the real rainy season starts. We did not stay at South Beach State Park in June of 2018 but we did stay on the Oregon coast and want to mention that it was cold.
Elevation: Sea level
Our site: B-31
Price paid: Free — Here is a link to the article I wrote on how I get such a great deal. Oregon Special Access Pass
Hook-ups: Partial, 30 amp electric, and water
Dump station: Yes
Potable Water: Yes
Water to fill your RV storage tank: Yes
Cell service: Verizon – good signal, AT&T – good signal
Campsite Review: South Beach Campground insider info:
The day-use area is the closest to the beach but the beach is not close to the campground. There are several east-west trails that led to the beach but all are too far to haul the family to the beach with a family.
Not every RV site has ample room for any size RV. Nearly all have almost zero slope in the parking area. This feature sadly does not describe all Oregon State parks. Be careful when picking your campsite if you are in a large RV.
The south loops are for RVs and the northernmost loop is dedicated to drive-up tent camping.
The campsites are somewhat closer together and lack some privacy, again be careful when picking your campsite to avoid this problem.
Some of the campsites are for bike-in tent camping the state park is along the Oregon Coast Trail.
There is also a dedicated and separate area for yurts.
The area to the west of the campground is laced with long hiking/bicycle trails.
At the south side of the campground, there is a nine-hole disc golf course which is mostly in an open meadow.
There is a road along the north side of the state park along the Yaquina River inlet to the ocean. This is a nice place for a bike ride.
The marsh at Brian Booth State Park a few miles south of South Beach State Park is a good place to explore in a kayak.