Solo Traveling Part 2, Dog-Friendly Beaches on the Pacific North Coast.

California and Oregon Beaches and where you can bring your fur babies.

First feature, McVay Rock State Park. Dog- friendly beaches for the solo female traveler.

photo of solo female travel ideas with a dutch shepherd pacific coast highway wellness ideas
McVay State Beach, Oregon.

As you know, Caoihme goes literally everywhere with me.

She is my protector. She is my travel partner. She is everything to me, and I never leave her behind.

Having said that, when we hit the road in our Forest River R-Pod, discovering new campsites and beaches was a priority.

Since Caoihme is a certified service dog, we have full access both locally and nationally. But we are not the norm.

I have met so many full-time travelers along the way, and 9 times out of 10 they have their dogs!

One of the goals of this road trip was to discover dog-friendly beaches.

I was taught an incredible tip from a Forest Ranger we befriended at Castle Crag.

You see, California and Oregon Coast beaches rarely allow dogs ON the beach. However, a mile south or north of a state park does. When she told me I was so shocked!

So if a State Park includes a beach, you are allowed on the outskirts of that park with your pup!

This is not something widely shared.

We tested the theory when we cut across to the Oregon Coast.

I looked up state parks that included beaches and McVay Rock was on the map.

Even better there was a parking lot, few people, and a gorgeous black sand/rock-ish beach.

It was perfect for stretching out Caoihme’s legs. Even more perfect was how quiet it was, clearly not a place people knew much about.

Make sure you have shoes that grip!

A simple trail down the hill dropped you to the beach. However, it was steep and unsteady so be sure to wear good shoes. For some reason, I was wearing my chucks.

And yes, I paid for it, OUCH!
The crashing of the waves is forever my favorite sound.

Also decided to start a youtube channel to bring you more to-life sounds and inspiration. I will do my best to upload as much as possible!

I highly recommend you visit on your travels.

Helpful Information:

📍McVay Rock State Park

98600 Seahorse Ln
Brookings, OR 97415
United States

Day Fee: FREE

Frisbee and Golf Area; 9 Holes.

Enclosed Dog Park

Parking Area (Free)

Lodging: 2021 Rpod 190 Camper

Equipment Used: RYOBI 2300 Blutooth Gas Generator

Nearby State Park for Camping: Alfred Loeb State Park

The journey continues…


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