If you want to take in some of the best coastal scenery the state of Oregon has to offer and if you want to experience it all with your dog by your side, Cape Blanco State Park is well worth a visit.
The distinctive Cape Blanco headland sits roughly 200 feet above the pounding ocean below and is found a 270-mile drive south of Portland. Not only is it the westernmost point in Oregon, it's also home to the furthest south of Oregon's lighthouses.
As you'd imagine, there are some beautiful coastal views to be enjoyed in Cape Blanco State Park, so keen photographers will be reaching for their cameras with some regularity. More than eight miles of trails wind their way through pretty woodland settings and take in some of the park's best ocean views, so take your time to soak it all in when exploring on foot. Seven miles of horse trails are also available, along with a horse camp.
For regular campers, the Cape Blanco State Park campground offers 52 electrical sites with water. Pets are welcome on these sites, which are offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Four reservable cabins (two of which are pet-friendly) are also available, along with a group camping site.
As always when visiting a state park, you'll need to take special care to ensure that you follow all relevant rules and regulations regarding pets. This means that your pooch will need to be leashed and under control at all times and that you must always show courtesy to other park users. Cleaning up after your pet whenever necessary is also required.
Cape Blanco State Park is a popular park in a beautiful location, and it's a grrr-eat spot to spend a night or three camping with your canine pal. Make sure to check it out if you ever get the chance.