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Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park
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Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park Carl G Washburne beach © Becky Lowe
Walking south toward Heceta Head
Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park © Only in Oregon / CC BY 2.0
Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park © Only in Oregon / CC BY 2.0
Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park © Finetooth / CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park near Florence in the U.S. state of Oregon.
Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park © Rick Obst from Eugene, United States / CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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Florence, Oregon   97439
(lat:44.1606 lon:-124.1145) map location

Phone: 541-547-3416
Toll Free: 800-551-6949
Reservations: 800-452-5687
Washburne is located on the east side of Highway 101 with a buffer of native plants between you and the highway. The campsites are spacious. There are several trails of varying difficulty leading from the campsites to the beach, wildlife viewing areas, and second-growth forests.

A walking trail leads you under the highway to a five-mile sandy beach and a day-use area, where you'll find space to watch whales, hunt agates, beachcomb, and picnic. Another trail connects you to the Heceta Head trail, which you can use to reach the historic Heceta Head lighthouse (check the Heceta Head Lighthouse web page for information on tours).

In the campground at night, you can hear the pounding surf. There is a creek running through the campground, and elk have been known to wander through. Wild rhododendrons bloom in spring.
History of the Area
During European exploration in the late 18th century, Spanish explorers sailed along this coastline but did not establish any permanent settlements. It wasn't until much later, during America's westward expansion in the mid-19th century, that settlers began arriving here seeking new opportunities.

In the early days of settlement, logging became an important industry due to abundant timber resources found throughout coastal Oregon. Lumber mills were built nearby as pioneers cleared vast areas of forested land for agriculture and development purposes.

The specific location where Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park is situated today played its part within this historical context too; it served as a campsite for loggers who worked tirelessly harvesting trees from surrounding forests during those booming lumbering years.

As time went by and conservation efforts gained momentum across America at large - including preserving natural landscapes like old-growth forests - public sentiment shifted towards protecting such valuable ecosystems rather than exploiting them solely for economic gain.
1. RV Camping: The park has 41 electrical sites with water that can accommodate recreational vehicles.

2. Tent Camping: There are also several tent campsites available, providing an authentic outdoor experience.

3. Yurt Rentals: For those who prefer glamping (glamorous camping), the park rents out two yurts which come equipped with beds and basic furniture.

4. Hiker/Biker Camps: These special campgrounds cater to hikers or bikers traveling along the coast without motorized transportation; they offer shared amenities like picnic tables and fire pits at lower rates than regular campsites.

5. Horse Campsites: Although Carl G.Washburne doesn't have horse specific facilities but it's sister site Jessie M Honeyman state parks does provide equestrian friendly accommodations

6. Group Tents: Group tents areas are provided where you can enjoy your stay together as a group

All these options include access to restrooms, showers, drinking water stations, dump station etc., making sure all essential needs of campers are met during their stay at this beautiful coastal campground!

Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park offers picnic tables, BBQ grills and a beautiful beach view for an ideal picnic spot.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
January 28 Love this park! by The Rasmussens
park review stars; one to five This is on of my favorite camping spots in Oregon and the best State Park. So close to the ocean and the hiking trails are amazing! I love that I cant be bothered by my phone due to the poor cell reception. Anyone who complains about the lack of satellite reception due to the huge trees needs to move to eastern oregon. This place is the best!!
April 30 No cell reception
park review stars; one to five This is a very nice park. Heavily forested, well laid out. 2 sets of showers/toilets, one at each end of the park. Zero cell reception (the pay phone has been broken for over a year) and very difficult to get satellite TV reception due to the many trees. Park is well maintained as most Oregon parks are. The hiking trails are great, especially the one to the lighthouse.
June 3 My Favorite beach for agates by wishiwasretired
park review stars; one to five This beach is usually pretty free of people and we seem to always find nice agates, jasper and jade whenever we go at low tide. I love to walk this beach and picnic at the nice tables at the day use area. Restrooms are clean and well kept also.
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1. Starting from Florence: Head north on Highway 101 for around 14 miles until you see signs indicating Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park.

2. Coming from Yachats: Drive south on Highway 101 for roughly four miles until you spot the entrance sign for Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park.

3a) If traveling by car or motorcycle, turn into the marked entrance off Highway 101 onto a paved road that leads directly into the park.

3b) For those using public transportation or walking/biking along coastal trails:.
- The nearest bus stop is in either Florence (northbound travelers) or Yachats (southbound travelers). From there, follow pedestrian-friendly paths towards Hwy
- Once at Hwy , carefully cross it and enter through one of two designated entrances leading to different areas within Carl G.WashburneMemorialStatePark

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