Campground Review – Humbug Mountain State Park

Humbug Mountain State Park

Description

Humbug Mountain State Park is a gem of a park and campground set in a deep forested valley between mountains, right off the Pacific Ocean. Sheltered from strong, cool ocean winds by the surrounding forest and mountains, the campground is warmer than nearby areas of the coast. The park features a hiking trail to the summit of Humbug Mountain (1,765 feet elevation) and access to a lovely pet-friendly beach, popular with wind surfers and scuba divers.

Location

Humbug Mountain State Park
Off US 101, 6 miles S of Port Orford
39745 Hwy 101 S,
Port Orford, OR 97465
541-332-6774
Park Information: 1-800-551-6949
www.oregonstateparks.org
Latitude: 42.689036 N Longitude: -124.43124 W

Details

We stayed at the Humbug Mountain State Park Campground for seven nights in early June, 2016. Booking early, we secured one of the few pull-thru water and 50 Amp electric sites. This was our first visit to the park and we were impressed by how clean and well maintained the grounds and facilities were.

Note that this is a small campground with 39 electrical and water RV sites, only five of which are pull-through. The campground also has 56 tent sites and a separate hiker/biker area. The campground appears to be quite popular, so book your reservations early!

Cost

Our stay here averaged about $30/night, including tax, reservation fee and a $7/night extra vehicle fee.

Amenities On Site or Nearby

The campground has only very basic amenities, including water and electric partial-hookups, restrooms and showers. A market, gas station, hardware store, restaurants and other services are available nearby in Port Orford. A wider range of shopping and services are available further along the coast in Gold Beach, Brookings or Bandon.

Ratings (1-5)

Accessibility – 5/5

The campground is easily accessible from Highway US-101. The main road through the park will accommodate large rigs, but is narrow, winding and feels crowded should oncoming vehicles meet. Other lanes are one way and are more comfortable for large rigs. The campground has several campsites reserved for the handicapped, as well as facilities with handicapped access.

Facilities/Amenities – 4/5

The campground offers only basic amenities, including tent sites, hiker/biker camp area, RV sites with either no hookup or water and electric partial hookups, picnic area, restrooms and showers, and RV dump station. The grounds and facilities are very clean and well maintained. Sink water disposal drains are conveniently placed throughout the campground. Bundles of firewood are available to buy. Camp hosts are on site and were very friendly and helpful.

Site quality – 4/5

Sites are spacious, well shaded, level, paved, and have good separation between sites. Sites have either no hookups or partial hookups with water and 50 Amp electric service. Sites have a picnic table and fire ring. Pull-thru sites are quite long, up to 95 foot length.

Scenic Value – 5/5

Nestled in a deep forested valley between mountains, right next to a small creek and just a short distance from the Pacific Ocean, the campground is quite scenic.

Location/Isolation – 4/5

As noted, the campground is in a forested valley between mountains and feels very isolated. The campground is generally quiet, although Highway US-101 runs past the campground and road noise is noticeable at times.

Paws Friendliness – 4/5

The campground is pet friendly and provides cleanup-bag stations throughout the park, but does not have any enclosed pet run. The campground is large enough to take a good walk with your pet. Pets are allowed with leash on trails, including the beach access trail. The beach is pet-friendly.

Overall Rating – 5/5

This is a really lovely campground which we can highly recommend. We would enjoy another, longer stay here in the future.

Additional info

Tsunami Hazard Zone

Since the campground is in a low-lying area near the coast, it is a designated Tsunami Hazard Zone. Be aware of this and prepared to use the designated evacuation routes to move to higher ground and stay there in case of an earthquake or Tsunami warning.

Internet access

We could receive a weak 3G Verizon signal at this campground. Deploying our cellular antenna and booster resulted in a moderate 4G signal, sufficient for MiFi hot spot internet access.

Water Quality

The water at this campground tested soft – we did not add our water softener to the water filtration stack.

TV Reception

The campground is situated in a deep valley between mountains so satellite TV reception is problematic or non-existent. Likewise, there was no reception for local TV channels via antenna.

Nearby attractions

There are many things to see and do in the park and surrounding area.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Hike to top of Humbug Mountain (1,765 feet elevation)
  • Scenic drives along the coast
  • Cape Blanco State Park – Lighthouse, pioneer cemetery and historic Hughes House
  • Port Orford Heads State Park – Coast Guard Lifeboat Station Museum
  • Arizona Beach State Recreation Site
  • Visit working ports of Gold Beach and Port Orford
  • Jet boat rides on the Rogue River at Gold Beach
  • Fresh and salt water fishing in the area
  • Surfing, wind surfing and scuba diving

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