• Carl Washburne State Park is a great coastal area for hiking, camping, and beachcombing
Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park is an amazing area for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, picnicking, beachcombing, and enjoying breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
Located on both sides of Highway 101, 12 miles south of Yachats and 14 miles north of Florence, the park features a broad extensive beach, lush coastal forest, spacious campground along China Creek, and a network of hiking trails.
The campground has a variety of camping spots to pick from. You can choose from 41 full-hookup sites (with water, electricity, and sewage), 14 electrical and water sites, 7 tent sites, 2 yurts, and a hiker/biker camp. Yurts must be reserved in advance, everything else is first-come, first-served.
The campground has drinking water, flush toilets, showers, picnic tables, fire rings, a dump station, and firewood for sale.
Carl Washburne State Park is a popular hiking destination. In addition to relaxing walks along the beach, you can also choose one of the several trails in the area. Trails vary in difficulty from the simple paved walking trail to more advanced ones.
China Creek Trail also known as Valley Trail is a 3.3-mile loop trail that starts from a day-use parking area on the west side of the highway.
Valley Trail can be found at the southern edge of the campground and leads to Hobbit and Heceta Head Trails. From the point of trail junctions, you can hike half a mile (one way) downhill to secluded Hobbit Beach or head uphill to Heceta Head Lighthouse on a 1.8-mile trail.
This section of the Pacific shoreline is an excellent spot to search rocks for your collection. You can find agates of various colors, jasper, and seashells. You can't use any digging equipment, a rock pick, or metal detectors in Oregon State Parks.
The best time for rock hunting is between November and April when winter storms and king tides remove top layers of sand.
Note: A permit is required to collect vertebrate fossils.
Carl Washburne State Park | General Description
Managed: Oregon State Park
Services: Picnicking sites and restrooms
Activities: Hiking, biking, rock collecting
Day-use fees: None
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Accommodations: Campground sites and yurts
Carl Washburne State Park is located:
- 11 miles south of Yachats
- 120 miles southwest of Salem
- 150 miles southwest of Portland.
Attention Fellow Beachgoers
Unfortunately, our beautiful Pacific North West beaches are stained with trash, especially plastic. We, at Oregon Discovery, as well as other unaffiliated groups of nature lovers made a commitment to do our part in keeping our beaches clean, but we need your help too!
Every time you go out to enjoy nature at your favorite spot, please bring a garbage bag or two and help us pick up garbage. Even picking up a little bit here and there will make a huge difference long term.
Please, help us save our beautiful nature for the generations to come!