Oregon’s Loeb State Park has a very nice campground on the banks of the Chetco River. It’s mainly an RV campground; there are only four walk-in sites which on busy days are an island of tents in a sea of RVs. There are also three wooden cabins. Except for the cabins there are no reservations; all the sites are first-come, first-served. The campground does fill up in summer but it’s usually possible to get a site if you show up in the morning.
The campground is in a peaceful, quiet location, just off the little-used North Bank Road. It’s very pleasantly wooded (no redwoods though), but with lots of open areas that make it feel bright and sunny. Since the park is a few miles inland the weather is much warmer and more pleasant than it is on the coast.
The campground was nicely renovated around 2014; it’s immaculately clean and very well-maintained and is one of the nicest-looking park campgrounds in the redwood region. The bathroom and shower buildings are starting to show their age but are clean.
What you think of the sites will depend on whether you’re more used to tent campgrounds or RV campgrounds. By RV campground standards, Loeb’s campsites are big, shady, and offer pretty good privacy. But compared to tent campgrounds like Mill Creek or Jedediah Smith the sites are close together and offer little privacy.
The campground can feel crowded during the busy summer months. The park is a popular day use site, so in addition to the campers a lot of locals come just to swim and raft in the river. In the off season the campground is much less busy and more peaceful.
The best and most popular sites are the ones along the river; the wide river is mostly hidden by shrubs, but you can still hear it and walk a few steps down to the water. These sites can accommodate trailers up to about 25 feet. The sites near the entrance aren’t as scenic but can accommodate trailers up to about 40 feet. Each site has electrical and water hookups but there’s no sewer or dump station. The sites also have fire pits and picnic tables.
The campground is a bit of a drive (8 miles) from the highway and the town of Brookings, which has the area’s best selection of stores and restaurants. If you’re visiting the redwoods, it’s about a 30-minute drive from the closest parts of Redwood National and State Parks.
The campground is open year round.
Loeb State Park has three very basic cabins. They’re new and clean, in very nice condition, and in a great wooded location a few steps from the river (although the view of the river is mostly blocked by the trees). Each cabin has a bunk bed and a full size sleeping platform with foam cushions, plus a little table. The cabins are heated and have electric lights. There aren’t any bathrooms or kitchens, and you have to bring your own bedding. The cabins are very similar to the ones at Jedediah Smith and Prairie Creek State Parks (maybe a little better since they have tables inside) but are only about half the price, $42/night plus an $8 booking fee.
The cabins can be reserved through Reserve America up to 9 months ahead of time.
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