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Cape Lookout State Park provides beach access and offers RV and tent camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, interpretive trails, interpretive tours, marine wildlife viewing, bird watching and viewing of coastal scenery.

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 easy access to the beach. Beachcombing is popular here, and the park is reputedly a good place to find glass floats. 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 2 miles. A bench is located at the end of the trail. Enjoy the view! You might see a whale or two and along with other wildlife.

Two walking trails — a nature trail and the Jackson Creek trail — are perfect for a shorter jaunt. The nature trail gives you a close-up view of native trees and other plants. Numbered markers are keyed to a trail guide. The Jackson Creek trail starts with an interpretive panel describing the local salmon restoration project.

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.

Vital stats: A small day-use fee or an annual parks pass are required for day-use of the park. The park offers 38 full hookup campsites, 2 electric sites, 176 tent sites (maximum site 60 feet); 4 yurts; 4 group tent areas; and a hiker/biker camp. For information only, call 503-842-4981 or 800-551-6949. To make reservations, call 1-800-452-5687.

: The Oregon coast receives abundant rainfall, mostly between October and April. July and August bring the best chance for clear days. Summer temperatures are normally moderate and almost never hot. Winter temperatures are normally cool at the lower elevations and cold at the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent and does not stay on the ground for long.

Location: The park is located off U.S. Highway 101, 12 miles southwest of Tillamook. Cape Lookout State Park can be reached by traveling an hour and a half west of Portland through the scenic Wilson River pass.

Contact Info: Oregon Parks & Recreation Department1115 Commercial Street NESalemOR97301-1002503-842-4981

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