Camp with Horses and Ride this Oregon Beach
by Kim Roe
Is it on your bucket list to gallop your horse across a beautiful sandy beach and play in the ocean waves? Do you love camping and want to bring your horse along on your vacation? On Oregon’s north coast, off of Highway 101, there is a state park that offers the perfect spot to fulfill this dream.
Nehalem Bay State Park is found between Cannon Beach and Tillamook, Oregon, just south of the town of Manzanita. The park offers access to a spectacular four-mile stretch of beach that runs along the Nehalem Spit, as well as the two-mile Spit Trail, a gravel trail that runs through the sand dunes.
The entire beach is open to horses at Nehalem Bay State Park. You can ride to the beach from both the horse camp or the day-parking area, riding over trails that wind through the dunes. The beach is open to other users as well, so horses may encounter joggers, walkers, and Frisbee players, among other things.
Nehalem Bay State Park offers camping amenities that will keep you and your horse comfortable. The wonderful accommodations feature corrals, toilets, fire pits, picnic tables, and potable water. The campsites are private and surrounded by coastal pines. Most sites are back-in with room for one trailer, but a few are pull-through. You’ll find hot showers and flush toilets at the nearby family campground.
The day-use area has parking for several trailers, plus a toilet and a warm-up corral. The horse facilities cost $21.00 per day.
Reservations can be made 24 hours a day, from 1 day to 9 months in advance. Reserve online at www.oregonstateparks.org.
Call-center reservations are available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 800-452-5687.