Tent Camping in Brookings, Oregon

Tent Camping in Brookings, OregonBrookings is in the warmest section of coastal Oregon. Summertime temperatures are 60 or so during the day and 50 at night. Average cold-weather temperatures in this temperate area are only 10 degrees colder. There are too many nearby hiking trails for a single vacation, including part of the Oregon Trail. Kayak the Smith River or see Azalea Park if you want a day off from hiking. Fish in the ocean, a nearby lake or a river, or take a bike ride on the Coast Highway or a scenic inland road on your tent-camping trip to the area.

Harris Beach State Recreation Area (pictured above)

Camp year-round at Harris Beach State Park at one of 66 tent sites, four yurts, 50 sites with electricity or 36 full-hookup sites.

There are showers, public phones, some cable TV hookups and Internet access at the recreation area. Reservations are available except for the inexpensive hiker/biker area. The campground has a beachside view of the Pacific Ocean and is adjacent to a sandy beach, hiking trails and a playground.

Harris Beach State Park
1655 U.S. Hwy. 101
Brookings, OR 97415


Alfred A. Loeb State Park

Alfred A. Loeb State Park is located on the banks of the Chetco River, 10 miles inland. In a mature conifer forest, it has 48 first-come, first-served sites on 320 acres with water, restrooms, showers, a designated swimming area and access to the river and hiking trailheads.

There is 30- and 50-amp electric service available. The park accepts reservations for its three cabins. The northernmost redwood grove in the United States is less than a mile away. Steelhead and cutthroat trout inhabit the Chetco River.

Alfred A. Loeb State Park
off U.S. 101, 10 miles NE of Brookings
on County Hwy. 784 (N. Bank Chetco River Road)
Brookings, OR 97415

Ludlum Campground

The U.S. Forest Service manages Ludlum Campground, adjacent to Ludlum House, which also can be rented.

Only 14 miles from Brookings on the Oregon-California border, there are seven tent sites, water and vault toilets. Several nearby trailheads offer beginner-to-intermediate hiking.

Ludlum Campground
U.S. Highway 101 S. to County Road 896
on Forest Service Road 1108
Brookings, OR 97415

Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area

Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area is one of five areas that make up the Siskiyou National Forest and is only 10 miles from Brookings.

Five miles into Kalmiopsis, Little Redwood Campground has been closed, but dispersed camping is allowed along the forest roads and in the trees. A camp must be self-contained: pack in and out. Remember to bring water or filter from the Chetco and other rivers.

Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area
off U.S. Highway 101, 13 miles NE of Brookings
County Hwy. 784 (N. Bank Chetco River Road)
Brookings, OR 97415


Article Written By Lani Johnson

Lani Johnson is a hiking, writing musician. Recent published work includes journalism, poetry and research. See her online writing at Trails.com or at Azacda.presspublisher.us.

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