Nehalem Bay State Park has a concessions provider that rents horses for use on the several horse trails through the southern end of the park, plus riding on the beach. Other than the fact that the horse rental concession is only available in the summer, there is very little information about this program on the state parks web site.There are...more
If you are coming to the Oregon Coast, and visiting a state park with access to the beach, it is natural that the beach would be one of the primary things to do at that state park.Nehalem Bay State Park is no different than several dozen other Oregon coastal state parks with beach access, with only certain details being different. Between the...more
There are several trails that wander through the low-growing coastal forest on the peninsula that separates Nehalem Bay from the Pacific Ocean. The one that is simply labeled as "Bike Trail" is a 1.75 mile (3 km) trail which loops from the entrance to the campground (near the Meeting Hall) over to the edge of Nehalem Bay, and back to the campground...more
My husband thoughtfully brought his Field Guide of North American birds with him to the coast. Unfortunately I heard way more birds than I saw. There were crows all over the campground. We also had a White-Crowned Sparrow that frequented our camp site. I spied a few swallows too, that might have been tree swallows or possibly bank swallows (they...more
There are disappointingly few trails in the campground itself. Most just lead the the beach. That's fine though. Climb over the sand dunes and get out to the beach and walk it. You'll find people doing this rain or shine. Look out at the ocean and let it mesmerize you. Keep in mind that people don't always have their dogs on leashes so dogs may run...more
The Oregon Coast provides excellent kite flying conditions. Bring a kite or two (or find a kite retailer on the coast--they're all over). My cousins bought smaller kites for $20. They come with two strings that allow a person to attempt tricks. The first day we flew kites it was so furiously windy the kites seemed like they were possessed! They...more
When staying overnight at the Nehalem Bay State Park, you should of course make s'mores every night. My friends in Australia had never heard of these so I'll explain what to do. Have ready: graham crackers, chocolate pieces and marshmallows.
Break a full graham cracker in half. Place a piece of chocolate on the graham cracker. Take a stick or skewer an place a marshmallow on the pointed end of it. Place the marshmallow near the camp fire to toast it. If marshmallow catches on fire (some people like it that way) just blow it out. When marshmallow reaches desired doneness, place it on the chocolated half of graham cracker. Place the other half graham cracker on top of marshmallow. Enjoy. Repeat as necessary.
Tillamook County public transportation district provides bus service centered around the community of Tillamook, but several of their services reach to surrounding areas. This includes a single bus route that connects Tillamook to Manzanita and Cannon Beach. It is considered a "Deviated Fixed Bus Route" as it has a regular route along highway 101,...more
Nehalem Bay State Park is the location of the Nehalem Bay landing strip / Manzanita airport. It is basically a paved air strip, with "primitive" (no services at all) camp sites near the runway for those that wish to arrive and camp by airplane.I'm no pilot and have never flown into this place, but there are several hazards that seem fairly obvious...more
Raccoons are exceptionally bold and daring, and trying to keep them out of your food may be an interesting challenge. You should not leave any of your food unattended, even for a short time, especially when cooking your evening meal in the dark.Turning your back for just a brief time may result in an unexpected surprise when you turn around.You...more
Though you may not see a whole lot of driftwood in this picture, there are places along the coast where wood collects due to the currents and tides. Do not stand on logs in the ocean. People have been killed by logs: when a wave comes along and overturns a log someone is standing on, that person becomes trapped underneath the log and drowns. It has...more
Even if it's the middle of summer--bring long pants and a jacket to the coast. Don't forget shoes and socks (something more than just flip flops). It gets chilly. You might also consider bringing an umbrella.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Nehalem Bay isn't so far from civilization that you can't get what you need in town. If they don't have what you need in Manzanita then you should find it in Cannon Beach.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Waterproof your tent. That goes for any camping you might do in the whole state. And put a tarp down. Avoid uneven campsites that might have a little dip in the ground where water could collect under your tent.