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Old 02-07-2010, 02:05 PM   #1
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We will be picking up our new 16 ft. Scamp in May. We are planning our first "big" trip to the Oregon Coast in mid-July. Our current plan is take the Coastal Highway from the Tillamook area, to the Redwood Nat. Park. Any suggestions for places to camp along the way and near the Park would be appreciated. Our trip from our home in So. Dakota to Oregon includes stays near Rapid City, Billings Mt, and Pendleton, Oregon is pretty well planned.
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Old 02-07-2010, 03:13 PM   #2
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We will be picking up our new 16 ft. Scamp in May. We are planning our first "big" trip to the Oregon Coast in mid-July. Our current plan is take the Coastal Highway from the Tillamook area, to the Redwood Nat. Park. Any suggestions for places to camp along the way and near the Park would be appreciated. Our trip from our home in So. Dakota to Oregon includes stays near Rapid City, Billings Mt, and Pendleton, Oregon is pretty well planned.
We live between Highway 101 and Highway 1 much further south than your route, but have the Coast Route's length as far as Astoria, Oregon. (well, technically we've continued north, but once you cross the Astoria-Megler bridge the "coast route" heads inland while we continued up the Long Beach Peninsula - an off-the-beaten track place worth visiting, particularly in the off-season.) I think the MAIN THING TO REMEMBER is that the drive time you plan will be too fast. If you think it'll take you an hour on the coast highway, plan two. Pull over if anyone's caught up to you and let them pass. (The locals know the road and would really like to pass while we tourists should just relax and enjoy the ride.)

We camped at Bullards Beach in Bandon, OR and found it clean, running water in the bathrooms, bush hedges separating each site. But the sites are close together and the popup next to us ran movies loudly into the night- bummer. Just south of there near Fourmile is an interesting petting zoo-like stop where we held baby mountain lions, fed baby bears and generally enjoyed an atypical (for us) stop.

Near Redwoods National Park is Patricks Point State Park. We've camped here. The vegetation is, indeed, lush. But I confess that, while my friends and family all love it there, I was disappointed ONLY in that the beach was (unexpectedly for ME) at the bottom of a bluff and camp was at the top. My girls, then 2.5 and 5, were too little to make the hike, so we had to forgo beach play. We'd probably go back, though, now that they're older, and the bluff hike may not bother you. It's location is wonderful, and it's marvelously quiet there.

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Old 02-07-2010, 03:54 PM   #3
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Roger, I think a trip to the Oregon coast in July calls for a stop at the Rally Oregon Rally




Congrats on your new purchase! Enjoy!
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Old 02-07-2010, 05:54 PM   #4
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Congrats!

Not sure of the route you will be using, but here are some posts with some info you might find useful:
North Dakota to Glacier
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseacti.../1.cfm#23614873
Ooops, I read North Dakota for some reason at first glance.

Idaho and Oregon Trail
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseacti...84.cfm#23577384

Oregon State Parks
http://www.oregonstateparks.org/searchpark.php

Pacific Northwest
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseacti.../1.cfm#23344646

Redwoods
https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseacti...id/23654595.cfm

Next two for future trips:
Misc. Southwest
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseacti...04.cfm#23652204

Misc. Sites NM, AZ, Tx, CA, ND, Iowa
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseacti...85.cfm#23141185

Hope you enjoy your Scamp, we have been really enjoying ours.
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Old 02-07-2010, 06:15 PM   #5
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We would love to go to the rally in Oregon, but we will be there about 2 weeks too late. Thanks for your suggestions. We are really looking forward to camping with our Scamp, and hope to visit as many of the National Parks as possible. We are recent retirees, but still love to hike and to travel our beautiful USA. Hopefully, we will get to meet some of you along the way.
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Old 02-07-2010, 09:32 PM   #6
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Four stops you might consider: A Multnomah Falls day stop, Fort Stevens at the Oregon Coast (visit the Mariner's Museum in Astoria, too), Stop past Canon Beach to see Haystack Rock (where the Pufins will be flying back and forth like crazy to feed their chicks), then jog inland to see Crater Lake National Park.
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I agree with Peterh. When we were down there last fall, we stayed at the campground across the highway from the cheese factory in Tillamook. You have to visit the factory.

We also stayed at the KOA Lincoln City, 60 mile south. One of our favorite stops was harris beach State Park near Brookings, OR. Nice park, close to town, WIFI access for a small charge.

Down by the Red Woods, we stayed at Elk Prairie State Park (CA) and thought it was a rib off. The prices were high and there were no utilities. The only saving grace is that it is close to the Lady Bird Johnson Grove. We discovered that you cannot tow your trailer up there so stay at the campground, unhook, then return to pickup your trailer.

Have a great time and enjoy the Scamp.

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Old 02-08-2010, 08:36 AM   #8
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The past two springs, end of April beginning of May, we have travelled the Oregon coast and California coast, as far south as hearst castle. North of Lincoln city, I would recommend taking the scenic three capes route. It is winding and slow, but we have enjoyed it. We stayed at state parks, no problem finding a spot at that time, but I imagine middle of the summer would be a different story. Locals may respond as to whether you need reservations or not during the summer.
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Ditto what Peter said.

When you get to Oregon pick up the mile by mile coast booklet at tourism.

You mentioned Pendleton but I hope you plan on driving the Columbia Gorge on the way out and going to Astoria. Ft Stevens is a great place to park after that cross country drive. We too really liked the museum in Astoria. If you can get a reservation at Ft. Stevens you can then then take day drives without the trailer to Seaside (not our favorite), Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach. There is a KOA directly across from Ft. Stevens if you have trouble with State Park vacancy. We always prefer the state parks.

We haven't found an Oregon Park we haven't liked. Our problem last trip is that we tried to get into them (without reservation) before noon. Seems like one needs to be there just after folks have to check out to get in without a reservation.

If you don't mind dry camping and have senior pass we liked staying at Cape Perpetua. Park the trailer and car trek to see the coast nearby. Yachats was very close and we had a wonderful meal in the small town with live jazz.

Try to find a place to park for a couple, few nights and then explore from there. Spend as many nights on that coast as you can.

Also pick up a booklet about tide pools and tide table. Since we are from midwest we really loved walking the tidal areas (all new to us).

Just remembered the beaches around Ft. Stevens where we watched the sunsets. Very different sunsets from what we are use to in the midwest.

Take your time on the entire Oregon coast. It is the very best. Endure the interior. We had to motel at Walla Walla area more than once (we have no a/c). 100 degrees is just not good sleeping weather. When possible we look for campsites at higher elevations on the way out and back.

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Old 02-09-2010, 09:28 PM   #10
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Roger, I think a trip to the Oregon coast in July calls for a stop at the Rally Oregon Rally
Ditto to the Oregon Gathering suggestion. You don't want to be sooo close and then miss it. Hope to meet you there!!
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The mile by mile booklet that Nancy recommends is also found in racks along the way. Be sure to get one.

Don't drive too late in the day, the campgrounds fill up in the summer.

Oregon state parks are outstandingly good.

The scenery is also outstandingly good.
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Well, we have most of our trip planned for our first big trip to the West Coast in July. We pick up our new Scamp in May. We have reservations made on the way out to Oregon, but still need to find suitable campgrounds the last leg of the trip. We would like to stay near Reno, Nv, West Wendover, Nv, Rawlings, Wy, and Gothenberg, Ne. These cities are desireable, as we are trying to make good time coming home to So. Dakota. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Rawlings, Wy,. These cities are desireable,



Rawlings Wy and the word desirable, shouldn't be used in the same sentence! LOL (Sorry Wyomingians) but really!
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Well, we have most of our trip planned for our first big trip to the West Coast in July. We pick up our new Scamp in May. We have reservations made on the way out to Oregon, but still need to find suitable campgrounds the last leg of the trip. We would like to stay near Reno, Nv, West Wendover, Nv, Rawlings, Wy, and Gothenberg, Ne. These cities are desireable, as we are trying to make good time coming home to So. Dakota. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
We traveled the Oregon coast last year.
If you like, you may read about our tour on http://biod.info/2009na
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