Beverly Beach State Park is situated on the central Oregon coast, six miles north of Newport, Oregon, close to highway 101. We are posting this review so you can decide for yourself whether the pros outweigh the cons. We are publishing similar reviews for all the parks we visit. We also invite readers to submit their own reviews. Share your knowledge, and help us to create a large collection of in-depth reviews to help others in the RV life! Please contact Maggie for more details.
First, here is our video overview of the park and the local attractions, so you can get a sense of whether this is the RV park for you!
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Sites at the Beverly Beach State Park
There are only 30-amp sites; no 50-amp sites. Not all sites have full hook-ups. We had water and 30 amp power, but no sewer. There are eight camping loops, including some yurts (permanent, round tents erected on a wooden base). The sites are level and paved for RVs, and contain grassy areas suitable for tents. There were a couple of tents when we visited and also a bike camper – really hard core at this time of year (November)! And especially admirable to be cycling on the US 101, which is relentlessly up and down as it cuts through mountainous terrain.
The loops at the Beverly Beach State Park are well treed and most of the sites are large. Also, the water pressure is adequate. There is a dump station near the exit. The park is very well organized and staffed by employees, volunteers, and camp hosts. You can also buy wood, kindling, and fire starter on site.
The park is large and has direct access to Beverly Beach, which is a lovely, huge, and very walkable beach. Depending on where you are camped in the park, you may be very close to the beach, or you may have a fifteen-minute walk to get there. Although it is convenient to be near the beach, we were glad to have a much more distant site. This is because proximity to the beach also means you are closer to the highway, and the sites are smaller and less private. Thanks to being in one of the more distant sites, we had a pleasant wilderness feeling, which reminded us of the lovely time we had camping at the Fort Stevens State Park, further north.
The whole of Oregon is dog friendly, with lots of dogs enjoying an off-leash run on the sand. As you are not far from town, there is not much wildlife in the park, aside from racoons, squirrels, and chipmunks. Also, there are lovely little birds, called Sanderlings, that frolic in the shallow water, probing the sand for small crustaceans.
We visited Yaquina Head, which is an absolutely stunning area that includes a lighthouse and an Interpretative Center. Definitely a must-see if you are staying at Beverly Beach State Park. It is officially called an Outstanding Natural Area.
At Yaquian Head we watched grey whales off the coast, and visited the excellent Visitor’s Center, which is full of entertaining ways to learn about the history of lighthouses.
South Beach State Park
We also went to check out the South Beach State Park, which was not as nice as Beverly Beach. However, the waves at the adjacent beach were suitable for surfing. South Beach State Park is more like a car park, while Beverly Beach State Park has more of a wilderness feeling, and a much more attractive layout.
The Town of Newport
The nearby town of Newport has an historical harbor area which has attractions, restaurants, shopping, and a dock full of barking sea lions!
Newport also has a lovely historical and artsy area called Nye Beach, which features a stunning beach and good restaurants.
Another beautiful local attraction is the Devil’s Punch Bowl, which is another Outstanding Area where you can see spectacular sea scenery.
The local shopping is abundant with shops such as Walmart, Fred Meyers and Safeway in Newport, six miles away.
Pet Policy at Beverly Beach State Park
The park allows any type of pets, with the usual leash rules. There is no dog off-leash area. Once again, not all the loops were open this time of year, so Joe found that he could let our dogs off leash in one of these areas without bothering anyone. Also, there is always the beach as a great off-leash walking area for your dogs. Plus, you can walk your dogs on the Spencer Nature Trail, which is in the park.
Bike Trails and Hiking at the Beverly Beach State Park
There is one nature trail in the park, and we also biked around the two miles of camping loops while we were there. Apart from that, you need to drive to find places to hike or bike. You will need a car to go anywhere, especially if you need to access the Internet.
If you want to stay at an Oregon state park with excellent cycling trails, consider the Fort Stevens State Park, further north.
Accessibility and Availability
It is easy to drive to this park, with many sign posts pointing the way. The roads inside the Park are wide, with few speed bumps. It is a popular park, so it is best to book early.
General Atmosphere at the Beverly Beach State Park
We stayed at this park during November, so it was cold at night. We had sunshine for the six days that we stayed. Everyone we met in the part was very friendly. There was a pleasant wilderness feeling, with clean air.
Noise Level at the Beverly Beach State Park
On the weekends the park does fill up, but this is not a party place. The noise level was always low, and everyone respected the quiet hours.
Staff at the Beverly Beach State Park
The Ranger Station was open when we arrived, and we were given a tag for our car. There is a Welcome Center staffed by volunteers. We had a problem with our propane tanks, and the volunteers were able to give us a card for a mobile repair service.
Value for Money at Beverly Beach State Park
The price is reasonable for sites with full hookup.
Wi-Fi at the Beverly Beach State Park
There is no Wi-Fi at all the Park.
Cable TV at the Beverly Beach State Park
There was no cable TV and our antenna was not working, so we are not sure if there is any local television.
Cellular Reception at the Beverly Beach State Park
Cellular coverage was non-existent for my Verizon service, but Joe had excellent cellular reception from AT&T. He was even able to stream videos, which was quite amazing in a state park.
Washrooms at the Beverly Beach State Park
The washrooms were always clean, and the free showers had a plentiful supply of hot water with good pressure. The bathrooms were heated, but the separate shower rooms were not. This meant that every surface in the shower rooms was cold and wet, making it hard to keep your towels and clothing dry while you washed and dressed. Showering was generally an unpleasant experience because it was so very wet and cold. By the time you were dressed, you were cold again.
Facilities at the Beverly Beach State Park
Facilities are good for a State Park, but you will need to go offsite for groceries and laundry. Newport is six miles away.
Guest Parking at the Beverly Beach State Park
Guest parking at the park and in the day use area was not free.
Bottom Line on the Beverly Beach State Park
The park was quiet with spacious sites. The only negatives were the lack of Internet and the cold, wet shower facilities.
Weigh up these pros and cons, and decide if this is the State Park for you!
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