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Cape Lookout State Park

  COVID-19 Alert 03/23/20
COVID-19 Alert: All state parks will close March 23 until further notice. The closure includes all state parks, including all overnight campgrounds, trails, viewpoints, restrooms, and picnic areas and all other facilities. This is part of the statewide effort to reduce transmission of COVID-19.
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Major Features & Activities:
  • Camping (ADA)
  • Reservable
  • Yurt (ADA)
  • Deluxe Cabin
  • Hiking Trails
  • Dump Station
  • Picnicking
  • Viewpoint
  • Wildlife
  • Open Year Round
  • Restrooms Flush (ADA)
  • Hot Shower (ADA)
  • Exhibit Information
  • Fishing
  • Hiker Biker
  • Cabins/Yurts Pets OK (ADA)
  • Amphitheater
  • Beach Access
  • Day-Use Fee


Day Use

Day-use area, including trails and beach, remain closed until July 1, 2020, for a project to remove hazard trees and improve safety. Hang gliding and paragliding landing zone closed until July 1.


Campground to open June 9, 2020 to reservation holders only. Reservations open noon June 3, 2020. Campers must have a reservation. No first-come, first-served camping. See below for details on reduced services.

  • 38 full-hookup sites
  • 170 tent sites with water nearby
  • One electrical site with water
  • A & B Loops CLOSED
  • 13 yurts (six pet-friendly; see our Pets in Parks FAQ for more info) CLOSED
  • Six deluxe cabins (three pet-friendly; see our Pets in Parks FAQ for more info) CLOSED
  • Two group tent camping areas CLOSED
  • Hiker/biker camp CLOSED
  • Interpretive center CLOSED
  • Flush toilets NO SHOWERS
  • Firewood for sale seasonally (April - Oct)
  • RV dump station CLOSED
  • Universal Access: Two campsites and one cabin are accessible to campers with disabilities. Two Yurts have ADA compliant ramps and features.


Cape Lookout State Park can be reached by traveling an hour and a half west of Portland through the scenic Wilson River pass. Along the way stop and enjoy waterfalls, scenic views and some great fishing.

A popular campground and day-use area, Cape Lookout is located on a sand spit between Netarts Bay and the ocean, giving you a terrific view of the ocean with convenient access to the beach. Note: The beach at Cape Lookout is protected by a 50' wide cobble-sized stone revetment. The revetment helps prevent erosion and stabilizes the man-made dune that protects the campground. Visitors who wish to access the beach must walk through the revetment. Please be careful walking on unstable cobblestones. 

More than eight miles of hiking and walking trails wind through a lush old-growth forest. The Cape Lookout trail follows the headland for more than two miles. A bench is located at the end of the trail. Enjoy the view! You might see a whale or two along with other wildlife.

Beachcombing is popular here, and the park is reputedly a good place to find glass floats. The beach extend for more than three miles from the base of Cape Lookout to the end of the Netarts sand spit, providing another great option for walking at Cape Lookout. Be aware of incoming tides, as some areas of the beach will completely disappear during high tide.

Be sure to look up when you visit this park; hang gliders and paragliders fill the air with colorful wings as they catch thermals and rise to dizzying heights. Along with Cape Kiwanda and Cape Meares, Lookout is part of the Three Capes Scenic Route.