South Beach State Park

South Beach State Park, Newport: Address, Phone Number, South Beach State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

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Portland, OR727 contributions
Feb 2022
This is a large campground and it was pretty busy for Feb. The spots were average, it was a bit noisy near the playground area.
I enjoyed all the trails you can take to get to the beach. It is the closest campground to Newport that is just a stones throw from the Aquaruim and south jetty and some great birding areas.
It was a fine campground.
Written 25 March 2022
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Gold Beach, OR476 contributions
Jan 2022
This is one of the better state parks on the coast! Well maintained and easily accessible. Nice trails to walk along in many areas. Beautiful scenery and many photo ops! The RV Park and campsite are in an area all their own tucked away which is really nice. It is easy to spend a whole afternoon here just enjoying the beach and the water!
Written 24 January 2022
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2 contributions
Oct 2021
Lots of trees, grass, clean and beautiful trails to the beach. Our next visit we want to try the Yurts.
Written 18 October 2021
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Waldport, OR27 contributions
Sep 2021
We spend up to 12 weeks a year at this state park in our RV. It is clean, tidy, pet-friendly with good sized sites and helpful rangers. Bathrooms have hot showers and are cleaned several times a day. We love to explore the trails and walk the half mile to the sandy beach. Each "loop" has a different feel and we've enjoyed playing bingo with which sites to book :) Highly recommended.
Written 3 October 2021
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Lorrie D
White Salmon53 contributions
Aug 2021
Very large campground, lots of families, kids, dogs, groups. Trail to beach was half a mile. Nice trail to walk with the dog along the dune ridge behind the campground. Bathrooms were very clean and well maintained. Ample dog poop bag stations. Quiet hours were respected. Sites were pretty open, little screening. We generally like smaller campgrounds closer to the beach with more privacy to sites (like Cape Lookout), but this trip we were visiting with friends in Waldport and there were sites with hook ups available when we needed to be there. There is a LOT to do in this mid coast area, so it was a great home base. We visited Cape Perpetua, Seal Rocks, and the Aquarium. Perfect spot for families. Close to town for shopping, restaurants, gas, etc. Can hear the fog horn and seals at night, no road noise.
Written 29 August 2021
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Cynthia K
Westville, IN2,926 contributions
Aug 2021
This campground wasn't my first or even 4rth choice. I didn't try to reserve a campsite until the day after it opened for my date, so out of luck. I wanted a site by the ocean, but this campground doesn't offer ANY sites with an ocean view. It's still turned out ok though.

South Beach campground is HUGE! Lots of sites laid out in circles with a bath house in the center. Your best bet is a site on the perimeter. We had C -15, which has to be the best site there! Large & private.
The showers are free. About as clean as any state park usually is, which is fair. Try to avoid a site by the bathroom. Tight sites with no privacy.
We had no issues with noise after quiet hours.
This was one of the few campgrounds on our trip we could have a fire. $5 a bundle, which is the least expensive during out trip.
Newport is one of the larger towns in the area. We did hear traffic noise & the foghorn. Some sirens every day also.

In the campground this is a VERY busy, loud place. If you dislike the sound of children playing, you may hate it here. Lots of skateboards, bikes, scooters & people walking on the roads. Be careful driving & take it slow.
There's beach access you can walk to or drive to. The beach looked nice. Some trails also.

All in all, we had a very good time here. Although we didn't feel unsafe, we didn't leave much of anything out either.
I would recommend making a reservation as early as possible. Every campground we passed in a 70 mile radius had NO vacancy signs.
Written 28 August 2021
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Shirley G
Springfield, OR1,865 contributions
Mar 2021

South Beach State Park near Newport, Oregon
$31 per night water/elect at site dump station at exist
Oregon no longer charges for out of state visitors
Verizon cell service-not sure about other carriers
My visit 3/29-4/2 Site D-29

This State Park is 100 miles from 1-5 and a beautiful drive to the ocean. Once at the park luscious trees and green grassy areas welcome you.

There is a large tent camping area ($19 per night) with the most beautiful fully paved parking sites. One of the most beautiful dry camping areas. I have a 22’ Winnebago Outlook and will probably choose this area to camp next visit. Every tent camping site looked large enough to accommodate a large Class A. This area was under construction this visit in preparation for opening soon.

RV sites are very large. Some have a lot of privacy while some in the middle are smaller and great for sun worshipers. I love cooking on a campfire. The fire pits are the higher type that makes cooking easier than some pits.

What I love about this park-
Location to the ocean waves and well maintained trails with signage.
Sites are huge and some with lots of privacy
Miles of trails to hike with short trails to the beach
Miles of paved trails for bike riding
Great clean bath/showers (no coins needed)
Close to walk to South Beach Fish Market, Rogue Brewery and Off the Hook Cafe.
Huge playground for children making it super family friendly.
Run out of wood no problem. Bundles are $5.
Park hosts and Park employees are friendly, helpful and always seem to be around. 541-265-9552 Anywhere in Newport of $10….please tip generously

My favorite camping is boondocking in our National Forests. Colder weather has me searching out electricity. I highly recommend this State Park. Location is key and this park has it. Highly suggest one reserve on line. $8 fee. If you have no reservation you can drive through, find a site with a one night only sticker and visit for one night. Leave a note in your pay envelope asking the park staff if the site or another site is available for further nights to lengthen your visit.
Written 3 April 2021
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Janice B
Forney, TX21 contributions
Jul 2020
It is a large camp ground but well laid out so you do not feel like you are on top of your neighbors. There are well marked trips to the beach and in the nearby woods. Prior to COVID, we took part in several ranger talks, which were very engaging. The grounds and the bathrooms are clean and well lit.
Written 11 October 2020
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Shirley G
Springfield, OR1,865 contributions
Oct 2020
South Beach State Park


Great Family Camping or Solo


Newport, Oregon-South Beach State Park

*Oregon State Parks now charge out of state visitors 30% (?) more than in state visitors. See attached picture.

*The good news is that most if not all Oregon State Parks have their dump stations located before the registration booth so anyone just traveling by can dump for free.

When someone says “I love this park” I am always left wondering why. Keep in mind that I am a die hard boondocker so usually very critical of parks and campgrounds. If I have to be in a park this is a great one.

What I would like to see changed about this park.

225 sites and only one dump station. Arrived at the park on a Sunday morning and there were guessing at least 15 cars in line to dump. Another dump station would be great. Want to dump? My suggestion is to do so the evening before you leave or 6:30 am as I did on a Thursday and no line.

What I loved about this park.
Sites were huge and outside sites had lots of shade.
Restrooms were nicely located and spotless.
Paved and level sites.
Fire pits were the tall type with nice grill.
Ice and firewood available for sale.
GREAT trails to hike on. 1/2 trail hike to beach.
1 mile walk/hike to great Seafood cafe.
Super playground for children.
225 spotless sites.
Park hosts were helpful and friendly.
Lots of yurts that include a full service RV site!
Quiet park
Verizon cell service and I had 3 bars LTE
Little library to trade books
Showers were closed to COVID but are free

For those of you who are still with me…:) I left my home in Springfield, Oregon headed to this park at 8:30 am without a reservation. Taking my time and lots of stops arrived at 10:30 am. Was told at Kiosk to come back at 2 pm and that there were lots of openings.

I was assigned a spot right next to a park host. All was great until quiet time at 10pm. The park host had enough lights on their RV it felt like a carnival had set up. Even with my night time shades pulled my RV was lit up like daylight. One of my favorite things to do is use the free phone app “Night Sky”. You point your phone at the stars and it tells you what stars you looking at. Impossible with carnival lights next door. I would love to see lights turned off at 10pm the same as quiet time.

The next morning I went to the registration desk and the park staffer said to check out a site and she would reassign me with no problems. Super nice. At that point I paid for two more nights I loved this park so much.

The weather was spectacular. Long sleeve t-shirt weather. Blue sky, sunshine and no wind. The trails to the beach are unbelievable. A water faucet is available near trail restrooms for rinsing sand off your shoes.

There is a trail at the North end of the park that takes you to an access to the town of South Beach and South Beach Fish Market. I am guessing the walk is about 1 mile. I ordered the fish and chips $14 and shared with hubs. While I do recommend the fish I would skip the clam chowder. All COVID precautions were addressed at this fish market. Outside seating for those who chose to eat at the market.

This park is great for families with children and pets. Large enough for RVers who choose to be away from the playground noise that I love.
Written 9 October 2020
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Dale R
Stateline, NV320 contributions
Jul 2020
Oregon State Parks is using COVID to make a killing. First off you must make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance to stay. No drive ups allowed. Next you have to pay Reserve America $8 per reservation. Reserve America is raking in the bucks on this. Next is the camp has 260 sites, all full. Lets see, average of $30 per site per night (conservative) and they are pulling down over $7,500 per night. Yet (according to them) they cannot afford to pay enough staff to man the park. All work is done by well identified volunteers. No showers, no amenities, no regular cleaning of the toilets. Very few trees, open common areas that could be park like have the sprinklers come on to dampen the desire to use them. The actual setting itself is nice. The park itself is not. I would probably try a private RV park the next time around.
Written 28 July 2020
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