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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.
The park has a day-use areas, and a campground for tents, recreational vehicles, horse riders, hikers and bicyclists.
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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  • Honestly we ended up here looking for a bathroom and was pleasantly surprised. We got to see a black tail deer. He stayed around for awhile. 
    Honestly we ended up here looking for a bathroom and was pleasantly surprised. We got to see a black tail deer. He stayed around for awhile.  more »
  • This has become one of our favorite state parks on the Oregon Coast. Easy Nice walk to the beach. Lots of bike trails. Close to Manzanita for services. Treed sites, a bit close to each other. Only....  more
    This has become one of our favorite state parks on the Oregon Coast. Easy Nice walk to the beach. Lots of bike trails. Close to Manzanita for services. Treed sites, a bit close to each other. Only....  more »
  • This park is very very crowded. Camp sites feel like they are on top of each other. It is a good park for families and large groups. We just didn't like the vibe which had more to do with an... 
    This park is very very crowded. Camp sites feel like they are on top of each other. It is a good park for families and large groups. We just didn't like the vibe which had more to do with an...  more »
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  • The BEST place that we stayed during our RV road trip! I wish we stayed the entire week, but only did 2 nights. Such a fantastic area to be in! The RV site was beautiful and spacious, a short walk to the beach access, there's a playground for the kiddos, we saw so many deer... Just a wonderful experience. We will DEFINITELY be back for a longer vacation!
  • Great state park! The winds are strong and cold on the beach but the sand dunes block it from the campground. Be sure to use the sewer dump at the registration area before going to your site because the sites only have water and electric. There’s showers, bathrooms, and a playground. Our kids loved running down the dunes and riding their bikes on the trails- they didn’t want to leave! We even had a nice tote on the beach one night. It was cheap too at $36 a night!
  • Good camping experience. Came to escape the hustle and bustle but it's our first real camping trip this year, and kind of forgot how much work it is. The park is nice, crowded but nice. The bathrooms all smell terrible like old urine. There's a lot of cars driving the loops all the time. Lots of kids riding bikes and having fun. The beach was cold, windy and deserted.
  • Tent camped after a kayaking trip around the Bay. While the tide was coming in which proved to be quite a workout. The camp sites are close together but enough space for everything. Bathrooms are a little bit of a walk for each section and they have free showers. On the way to the bathrooms,We saw a mother and 2 baby deer in a little wooded area in the middle of all the camp sites and lots of dogs and the deer didn't seem bothered at all. It's a big park and lots of trails and hiking and biking areas.
  • We were on a roadtrip and booked 2 nights here. We LOOOVED it!! Kiddos are still raving about it!! The beach is literally a 5-10 min walk, sites were spacious, have water and electricity, and I would totally come again. Bathrooms were nice, separate doors for toilets and showers area. We used showers and they were great! You can use them as long as you want and have great pressure and hot water! You can also purchase firewood for $5 at gate. Playground right near our site as well and we saw deer. Like I said, we LOOOOVED it!!

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