Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park – Florence, OR
Carl Washburne State Park campground is one of our favorites. It has the wonderful hookups that Oregon is noted for and the location is terrific. It is only a few miles to the famous Haceta Head Lighthouse where you can take a tour or just enjoy the wonderful views. You can either drive to the Lighthouse or hike along the beach to it.
The park is located on the east side of Highway 101. 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.
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.