Known for its extensive sandy beaches, Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park offers a reprieve from the surrounding urban environments. Located just to the east of Highway 101, a veritable wall of trees and undergrowth tend to keep your ocean views pristine. The park was named after the Narcissa Washburne Estate, who generously donated the beachfront property to the city in 1962.
Camping is the primary attraction here at Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park. The campgrounds run along a 3-mile portion of the shore and offer several different options to suit your needs. If you're more of a traditional camper, simple beach sites are available on the cheap. There are also 41 full-hookup sites if you are thinking about bringing a camper or RV.
For those visitors looking for a bit more of a unique experience, Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park also has two reservable yurts. These get snapped up fast, so make sure to reserve as early as you can. The campgrounds are all entirely dog-friendly, asking that canines stay on a leash when occupying the campsites themselves
One of the two yurts is also pet-friendly. Hikers have the added advantage of a hiking/cycling specific set of campsites, which are immediately adjacent to the five miles of trails that wind throughout the grounds. These trails tend to be relatively flat, and are mostly unpaved. Mountain bikers generally tend to fill these trails up during the spring and summer months, so if you're looking to bring your canine try to visit during off-hours.
No cleanup stations exist for pets, so if you do decide to bring your dog, you need to remember to bring disposal bags for any messes they might make. If you follow the Heceta Head Trail to the south, you will come upon the historic Heceta Head Lighthouse.
The lighthouse has been operating continuously since 1931 and has been preserved in its original state. Tours are offered during the summer months, more info on which can be found on the Oregon State Parks website. Canines are prohibited from any indoor structures in or around the lighthouse grounds. Check out the Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park today.