CAPE BLANCO STATE PARK
Use our extra-large, private, sheltered campsites as your base of operations while you enjoy the lighthouse and historic Hughes House tours.
The lighthouse and historic home are open from April to October. The lighthouse tour, managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The Hughes House tour is conducted by knowledgeable volunteers and is free, but donations are gratefully accepted and help fund restoration and maintenance of the house.
The rest of the park, including the campground, is open year-round.
Cape Blanco is the most southern of Oregon's lights, and is the westernmost point in Oregon. Proposed in 1864, it was the first lighthouse in the state outfitted with a first-order Fresnel lens in 1870.
The first-order lens was replaced with a second-order lens in 1936.
Work off your picnic lunch by hiking over eight miles of trails with many spectacular ocean vistas, woodland and wetland settings. Bring your horse and enjoy 7 miles of horse trails and the facilities in our horse camp. The group camp holds a maximum of 50 people, and can accommodate up to 24 vehicles. This total may include five or more self-contained RVs. If you expect to have more than five RVs or 24 total vehicles, call the park. The group camp has four fire rings, four picnic tables, four water spigots and vault toilets. Showers are located in main campground 1/4 mi. away.
No matter how you camp with us, don't forget a sunset walk along the headland beaches to finish out your day.
Cape Blanco, located on the southern coast of Oregon, has a rich history that dates back centuries. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes who relied on its abundant resources for survival. In 1603, Spanish explorer Martin d'Aguilar named it "Blanco" due to the white cliffs visible from sea.
During the mid-1800s, European settlers began arriving in Cape Blanco and established ranches along with a lighthouse to guide ships navigating through treacherous waters. This iconic lighthouse still stands today as one of Oregon's oldest continuously operating beacons.
In 1898, Patrick Hughes purchased land around Cape Blanco and developed an expansive dairy farm known as "Hughes Ranch." Over time, this property became renowned for its high-quality cheese production and remained operational until 1962 when it was acquired by the state government.
Recognizing both historical significance and natural beauty of Cape Blanco region; in 1971 State Parks Department designated this coastal stretch into what is now considered one of Oregon's most picturesque parks - preserving not only stunning landscapes but also showcasing remnants from past eras such as historic buildings like old barns or cabins which have been restored over years since then making them accessible visitors looking explore more about local heritage while enjoying recreational activities offered within park boundaries
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Cape Blanco State Park in Oregon offers a variety of camping options for visitors:
1. RV Camping: The park has 52 electrical sites with water that can accommodate recreational vehicles.
2. Tent Camping: There are several tent campsites available, each equipped with picnic tables and fire pits/grills.
3. Yurts/Cabins: While Cape Blanco doesn't have yurt or cabin accommodations itself, nearby state parks such as Humbug Mountain do offer these facilities.
4. Horse Campsites: For those traveling with horses, the park also provides horse campgrounds complete with corrals and easy access to trails specifically designed for equestrian use.
5. Group Camps : These areas allow larger parties to stay together in one spot; however it's best to check availability beforehand due its high demand during peak season times
6.Reservable Picnic Areas - If you're not planning on staying overnight but still want a guaranteed space at this popular location then reserving your own private picnic area could be an ideal solution!
All campground reservations must be made through Reserve America either online or by phone call (800-452-5687). It is recommended making reservation well ahead especially if visiting during summer months when spots fill up quickly!