Campground Review – Waldport / Newport KOA

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The Waldport / Newport KOA is a small, nicely maintained campground perched on a low bluff overlooking the stunning Alsea Bay and historic Waldport Bridge. The park has a great view and is family and big-rig RV friendly. 

Location

Waldport/ Newport KOA
1330 NW Pacific Coast Highway
Waldport, OR 97394
Phone: 800-562-3443

Details

We stayed at the Waldport / Newport KOA for one week in late-June/early July of 2016 – over the Independence Day holiday. We booked our reservations early enough to have no problem securing a full hookup 50 amp electrical site over the holiday weekend.

This was a great campground to ride out the Fourth of July craziness at. We didn’t even have to drive anywhere to see the fireworks – just walked down the beach trail from the campground and enjoyed the fireworks display over Alsea Bay. Awesome!

Cost

Our stay here averaged $63/night, including tax and KOA Value Kard discount.

Amenities On Site or Nearby

The campground provides a small general store with basic groceries, household goods, camping supplies, souvenirs and tourist info for the local area. Gas stations and restaurants are available just across the bay in Waldport. A wider range of shopping and services are available further along the coast in Newport.

Ratings (1-5)

Accessibility – 4/5

The campground is easily accessible from Highway US-101. Most of the lanes within the park are wide enough to accommodate the largest RV rigs, although a few interior lanes have tight turns which are a problem, depending on how other campers have parked.

The campground and facilities have some accommodation for universal access, but could be improved.

Facilities/Amenities – 3/5

The campground offers the basic amenities expected from a KOA and more – tent sites, full and partial hookups sites, rental cabins, laundry room, playground, picnic area, restrooms and showers. The camp store has food staples, RV and camping supplies, souvenirs, and information about local attractions. The staff was friendly and helpful.

Site quality – 3/5

Sites are clean and spacious, although there is not much separation between sites. A few sites are shaded. RV and tent sites have a picnic table and fire ring. RV sites are level and surfaced with gravel or grass/dirt.

Scenic Value – 5/5

The campground overlooks the Alsea Bay and historic Waldport Bridge. The view is stunning. The campground itself is nicely landscaped.

Location/Isolation – 3/5

This campground is just off highway US-101 and does receive some road noise. This is also a very popular and busy park, especially for weekends and holidays in peak travel season.

Paws Friendliness – 3/5

This campground is paws friendly, but does not have any pet run. The park is spacious enough for a short walk with your pet and there are trails leading down to a long sandy beach on Alsea Bay. There are pet cleanup stations located throughout the park.

Overall Rating – 4/5

Overall, we enjoyed our stay at the Waldport / Newport KOA and can highly recommend this campground.

Additional info

Internet access

We  could receive a weak to moderate 4G Verizon signal at this campground. Deploying our cellular antenna and booster resulted in a solid 4G signal, enough 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

Depending on place within the campground, satellite TV reception is problematic. We were unable to get satellite reception due to a rocky hillside in the direct line of sight from our campsite. The campground offered a few basic cable channels.

Nearby attractions

There are many attractions within easy driving distance from the campground, including:

  • Haceta Head Lighthouse
  • Yaquina Head Lighthouse
  • Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
  • Historic Newport Waterfront
  • Sea Lion Caves
  • Oregon Coast Aquarium

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