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Nehalem Bay State Park, Nehalem

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Nehalem Bay State Park is a state park in the United States located on the Oregon Coast, near the communities of Nehalem and Manzanita on the Nehalem Spit, a sand spit west of Nehalem Bay.
Tillamook County transferred the land to the State of Oregon for a park in the 1930s. During the 1940s and 1950s, workers planted European beach grass, shore pine, and Scotch broom to stabilize the dunes—a process that took an additional twenty years. The park opened in 1972.
This park has a day-use areas, and a campground for tents, recreational vehicles, horse riders, hikers and bicyclists.

Its wildlife includes a variety of birds, deer, elk, mountain lions, black bears and coyotes.

There is an air strip for small planes, the Nehalem Bay State Airport, and an amphitheater that has interpretative programs throughout the summer months.

The park is south of nearby Neahkahnie Mountain the highest coastal land mass north of San Francisco and south of Canada. The trail to the summit of the mountain was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). in the 1930s. Nehalem Beach is within the park.
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  • We stayed here one night for a stop over on our way further north.... Us and 300 of our closest friends. It must have been the last week before school started, it was kid haven. Every spot was...  more »
  • Best location, campground, beach. Perfect location off Rte 101. Clean, accommodating, separate camp area for horses. Bike and hiking trails. Great location to day travel and adventure  more »
  • I love this place. Close to home. It’s my go to hike when I don’t want to drive. There’s a lot of different areas you can park, if you want to add some miles to your walk. Trails are well maintained.....  more »
  • I loved it there. Wish I had more time to spend, and the weather was a tad bit nicer, when I went... But, was still so awesome. Was a little hard to find my way around. But, once you get to a good spot.. heaven. So peaceful and beautiful. So calming. Make a stop here, for sure!!
  • There's nothing like this place. It's magic! The park hosts are great and their bathrooms are clean. The access to the beach is 5 minutes over the dunes. I wish 2 things: 1) that one day I'll actually be able to rent the Yurts, they are always reserved no matter how long in advance I try to book and 2) that it wasn't so windy but that's what you get when you camp at the beach! So many beautiful memories here! Wall to wall stars at night! 🌙✨✨ Love it!💛
  • Great campground! Each site has electricity and water. Most of the sites have a lot of shade. We stayed at site D2 and had more than enough room for 2 tents. There was also a nice playground and amphitheatre. They also had real bathrooms and showers! Bonus: the showers are regular showers, not coin operated. There's also a boat launch and beach access less than a 5 minute drive away. There are also a couple miles of paved bike trails!
  • This park was phenomenal! So much to do! The beach, bay, biking, hiking, and so much more. You could hear the waves from the ocean! We went from Sept 7-15 and the weather was rainy a couple of days, but after that we had perfect weather! We rode our bikes a short distance to Manzanita to explore the town. The park has several hosts that live there and park rangers who are staffed until 10 pm. The only down fall was a couple of the hosts were always cranky. We will definitely be back!
  • So easy to navigate the park, and the staff are very helpful and knowledgeable. It's very clean(campsite) and the beach is a 3 minute walk away. I'm at site F-03 for reference. Would definitely recommend it for people and pets

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