Seaside Thousand Trails
1703 12th St. Seaside Oregon 97138
Ranger Station: (503) 738-5292
General Delivery, Seaside, OR 97138– Pickup address United States Postal Service, 300 Avenue A, Seaside, OR 97138
No inexpensive shopping here for groceries, Safeway is a mile up the street and Fred Meyer more selection 16 miles North on 101, Costco is up there as well.
Mobile Voice and Data
Verizon is 10Mbps plus and voice is clear
Oregon RV Laws
- If not fueling with diesel, and it is the daytime hours, and you are in a large township you have to allow the service station attendant to fill your vehicle. Oregon used to do this for fire concerns, but as of the 2015 legislature it was decided that this is a make jobs action. You can always fill your own vehicle if using diesel, you can fill a gas vehicle in rural areas at night if the filling station has the right equipment to take payment after hours. Unless you are in Portland, Oregon where the current fuel tax is now 75 cents per gallon, you will find gas in Oregon to be the same as in other states. The down side is it take longer to get fuel because you have to wait on the attendant. Don’t get it yourself, the fines are scary.
- Rv’s can be 14′ high, 8.6′ Wide, Trailers up to 45 feet long, Class “A” “C” ect… 45′, Only one trailer can be pulled at a time.
- RV’s do not have to stop at the weigh stations. If the weigh station is closed, one can pull in there and weigh for free as they leave the scales operational.
- Nearest truck stop I-5 76 Food Mart in Albany (If you are in a diesel pusher watch you fuel, we found that we did not fit well under the canopies on the Oregon Coast. We buy fuel before entering Oregon, then drive down the coast to Florence, then divert back to I-5 to patronize larger fueling stations. Fred Meyer fueling area in Warrenton is priced OK, but hard to get in and out of. Safeway fuel area in Astoria, is as good as it gets, we have used during non-busy times for diesel. Here is a list of Oregon truck stops.
Points of interest
- Broadway in Seaside – Lots of shops (taffy here), restaurants, huge arcade, amusement attractions, carousel, bike rentals, paddle boat rentals on the river, and the road has a single exit roundabout on the beach. Don’t drive this, it’s not worth the effort, but park at the convention center and walk it, then it is fun. Click on the driving instructions for the promenade below. – (2 Miles)
- Promenade – paved walk way and sea wall that extends from one end of seaside to the other, the Seaside aquarium is here, you can feed seals other than that it is kind of out dated. Makes walking, and biking along the beach easier. Park at the convention center. Walk to the beach, you will find it. Follow my route it has the least traffic. – (2 miles)
- Tillamook Head trail – Walk over Tillamook Head to cannon beach’s Ecola state Park, really for the rugged hiker, incredible views. Use caution many people have died on this hike -(6 Miles)
- Mo’s Chowder and fish house – located on the beach at Cannon Beaches’ Tolevana inn. One does not go to Oregon and not go to Mo’s; it is a mortal sin. Free parking in the beach parking lot next door. Walk up the beach from there as well to see Cannon Beach and the famous hay stack rock. – (11 Miles)
- Drive on the beach – Drive from the Gearhart Beach to the beach in Warrenton. About 15 miles of beach. Speed limit is 25 miles per hour. Tip: It’s tempting to drive a sane slow speed when entering or exiting the beach. If the sand is dry, it is deep, get a run at the ramp and stay on the gas, or else you will get stuck, and you will be digging all day to get out. If you do get stuck don’t rock back and forth, you will just bury your vehicle leaving a wrecker as the only option. Last note, watch the tide, salt water destroys cars. – (8 Miles)
- Battery Russel – World war two bunkers that you can play in and around. Very odd part of Oregon History when we had to defend ourselves from war planes and attack subs. – (20 Miles)
- Peter Iredale – Old cargo ship from the 18th century that ran aground. If you drove up the beach, do not exit here, the ramp is long and extra treacherous. – (20 Miles)
- Fort Stevens – More bunkers and more history, you have to pay a fee in cash here. Has one of Oregon’s best campgrounds, but book six months out. – (20 Miles)
- Walk on the Jetty – This area is called the grave yard of the Pacific. More ships are lost here than anywhere else. Everything is free at this time – (15 Miles)
- Hammond Charters – Rent a charter boat and catch Salmon and other in season fish. We rented the boat, the driver and deck hand from Tackle time as a private charter. They were nothing less than awesome, expect to pay at least $150 pp, ask about hourly private charters, it may save money for a group. – (12 Miles)
- Fort Clatsop – Lewis and Clark fort, reenactments, musket shooting, dugout canoes, all pretty cool stuff. Probably one of the best attractions in Oregon. Takes national park passes. – (15 Miles)
- Astoria column – built in honor of Jacob Astor an early fur trader. They charge a fee to park, must be paid in cash, is now $5. Our Phys Ed teacher liked to have us run from down town to the top of the column while he followed in the car, Sadism was alive and well in 19th century. – (17 miles)
- Astoria trolley – nice trip along Astoria’s wharf. Cost, about a dollar. Park free at the Columbia River Maritime Museum– (15 Miles)
- Astoria’s Columbia River Maritime Museum – Kind of expensive, but extremely done, explains the shipping industry, the coast guard, and what it means to be a bar pilot, a great job for thrill seekers. $14 pp– (15 Miles)
Those of us who enjoy a little more space around us would do well to look in the back ends of the loops. If you have kids who like to make noise, the other members will appreciate you taking the more spacious sites in the back, unfortunately in 2015 many of these sites have become leased sites and are now hard to get. The park has a major upside, all the sites are 50amp and have sewer, so were living like kings. The park is a little hard to find, but turn on 12th street at the light in front of the Factory outlet malls, then keep going until you are sure you are no longer on 12th street; just after that, the park should appear. There is no signage that we found anywhere except at the park entrance. We noticed a few neighbors posted signs in their drive way “RV’s Keep going your park is just ahead”.
The park has full hookups at every site, most have well cared for grass, and enough space to feel like you are not sharing your site. The North and South sides of the park are both desirable. The adult lodge and Laundry are on the South side so that area is great if you have no kids. The North Side has the pool, Tennis courts, and Family center and is great for kids and adults who do not mind kids. In September they do the Pickle ball championships. June all the way through September, this park is extremely full, so book early.
Driving in to the North Loops (when you check in at the ranger station immediately turn around and leave the park. Cross the street and go up the road, the good sites near all the activities are here.)
Front row parking near the pool and family center
Volley ball and RV storage
Fire ring at family center and RV storage
In the old days it was safe for kids over 8 to play alone on play grounds. With all the new technology these days making playgrounds safer for kids, the age has to be raised to 16. Something tells me the insurance industry has something to do with this.
Pool, tennis court, basketball and family center parking
Laundry and restrooms. The room is huge, but only has 5 washers. The contractor should add more; he is leaving money on the table. We plan to use the public laundry next time, so that the smaller families can get access to the machines.
About two miles from the park is the Seaside Beach