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Old 08-13-2015, 06:31 PM   #1
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Recommend RV Parks on Hwy 1 and 101, CA & OR

We are planning a trip from San Francisco to Portland, OR in late September. I am looking for advice on RV Parks to stay in or even to avoid. Patrick's Point is the only place we know to stay. Pulling a 19' Wildwood TT with a F-150.
Appreciate any help. Thank you.

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Old 08-13-2015, 06:36 PM   #2
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Look at Gualala Redwood RV Park. About a 4 hour drive north on HWY 1 from SF. Was there a couple months ago.

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Old 08-13-2015, 06:48 PM   #3
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Are you just going to Portland or are you going to be NW of there in the Astoria/Seaside area?
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Old 08-13-2015, 07:19 PM   #4
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I just did the trip 2 times this year. I absolutely loved the Umpqua Lighthouse Park. Beautiful mountain and lake views.
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Old 08-13-2015, 08:47 PM   #5
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Get on Reserve America and see what is available for the State Parks coming up the coast. I have stayed at a lot of them, starting with Harris beach right on the /ca/OR border, all the way up to Ft Stevens in Astoria. You probably won't get a beachfront at this point, but the State Parks are all awesome.

My only limitation has been the length of my truck and trailer, although we have dropped the 5th in a site and parked in overnight parking in order to snag a view site.

Cape Blanco, Bullards Beach, South Beach, Umpqua Lighthouse, Beverly Beach,Cape Lookout and Ft Stevens are all on my repeat list, having been several times to many of them.

If you are looking to stay near Portland...LL Stub Stewart State Park is great. 40 minute drive into DT portland, great hiking, mountain biking, road biking. If you have kids the upper (Dairy Creek East) is better...playground and large field, if you like a more quiet environment, Dairy Creek West is the place to go.

In Portland...Columbia River rv park and Portland fairview rv park are the cleanest we've experienced, but some people also say Jantzen beach...not on my top list.

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Old 08-13-2015, 11:01 PM   #6
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Don't know where all we are going, hoping for some recommendations. Had heard the drive on 101 around the Olympic NP is beautiful with a lot of water falls. Not sure we want to go the additional distance though. Thanks for your input.
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The only drawback to the run along the Washington coast on 101 is that all the towns are really small. It's not easy to find supplies once you're past the Ocean Shores turn-off. Gorgeous scenery, though. If you do go round, don't miss a drive up to Hurricane Ridge (in the truck!). Port Townsend is a pretty town, lots of historical buildings.

If you want a quick route back to I-5 to head home, I'd suggest the ferry from Port Townsend to Coupeville, then SR-20 to Burlington.
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Old 08-14-2015, 11:50 AM   #8
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We like Pomo campgrounds just a mile or so south of Fort Bragg on hiway 1. If you want a great breakfast out I recommend Eggheads in Fort Bragg.
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Old 08-14-2015, 12:01 PM   #9
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Like Rigpdx said above, check the Oregon coast state parks. They are great. I have done the whole coast there 3X always in September and love it more and more each trip. September is a great time to go. After the holiday when the kids go back to school the crowds really clear out. We will be in WA on the 101 around Olympic Park next month and are looking forward to comparing it to the OR coast section.

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We usually stayed at Riverwalk RV Park in Fortuna on our trips to Oregon. It's about a days drive north of San Jose (280 to SF, then 101 north). There is Eel River Brewery within walking distance. And the Loleta Cheese Factory nearby.

Another place we liked in Oregon is Winchester Bay RV Resort at Winchester Bay, Oregon. The RV park sticks out into the bay. There is a lighthouse nearby to tour. We also like Brookings, Oregon; usually stayed at Riversedge RV Park.

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