With a strong reputation for adventures in nature, Oregon sits high on many hikers’ and campers’ outdoor bucket lists. And with over 50 percent of state land declared public, camping in Oregon is literally everywhere. To help you get started, here’s some of the best spots to pitch a tent and catch a view!
While the Cascades mountain range used to be a major obstacle for settlers riding the Oregon trail, it has now become an outdoor adventurer’s playground. Mt. Hood, the fourth highest peak in the Cascades and just two hours outside of Portland, is home the most popular park for campers looking for a taste of Oregon’s natural diversity. Aside from the snowy mountain top, the old-growth forests and flowing water features make this a prime location for camping in Oregon.
Lake lovers might appreciate the serene views of the Wy’east at campsites around Trillium Lake. Waking up to the fog that drifts on the lake and Mt. Hood standing tall behind it is a picture-perfect moment every camper dreams of. Rent yourself a boat, canoe or kayak and spend the day gliding around the 63-acre lake or angling for local trout.
If you’d like to ditch some of the crowds around Mt. Hood while also getting a hike in, make your way through a canopy of old-growth forest on the Old Salmon River Trail. The backwoods sites along the trail offer a natural escape to some of the best camping in Oregon.
If you’re looking for a more active natural beauty, venture about three hours south from Mt. Hood to Silver Falls State Park outside of Salem. People call it the “crown jewel” of the Oregon State Parks system, and once you visit, you know why. The scenic waterfall hike offers a 360-degree view of a 178-foot cascade (where else can you hike behind a waterfall?) With sites a hike away from the falls, anyone looking for camping in Oregon can’t miss this spot. Throughout your exploration around Oregon, you can find all the best campsites with The Dyrt.
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This is a super convenient campground not too far from Portland. Makes for a great group camp experience when you want everyone to post their own way and be in their own sites close enough to one another. Clean, relaxing and great river Access… Though the river is not within close walking distance. It's gotten the road two minutes by car…
We liked the concept from the get go, and after seeing pictures on line showing how well they decorated the rooms we were all in. And now that we are here, we love it. The young couple Nicole and Dave can't be any nicer, and the spaces are so well thought out and clean. Lots of personal touches you only see if you look, but more importantly, the space is level, clean, the utilities are well setup and maintained, and the space between trailers is good. The camp is quiet and we will hate to leave. With limited spots, I'm sure people hesitate to post how great this place is, because soon it will be hard to get reservations. But, I for one will always try this place first when I'm in the area. If you like clean, neat, quiet, friendly, casual, and homey, you should definitely check this place out. And, it is reasonably priced. We love it. Five stars doesn't do it justice!
At highway 66 near Ashland this park has both RV and tent sites. The RV sites are full/partial hook up (30 amp only) and dry camping. Note though that even if you pay for partial or dry you will still need to pay $10/dump your tanks. We opted for just full hook ups here. The tent sites are near the creek.
There was some work being done that appear to be some upgrades. There is a nice pool area, a pond and the creek. The sites are level with picnic tables and fire pits. There are bathrooms, free hot showers, laundry, dog run, playground and store. Also available is propane ($3.50/gallon) book exchange and ice. Wifi was fast and free.
The road noise is noticeable but not too bad. Some of the spots can be close but for a night it wasn't bad. Pets are allowed on leash only but there were a couple of loose dogs running around so be aware.
NOTE: Google tells you to turn on the street (Neil Creek Rd) just after the park so if you have a big rig then turning around could be difficult. Keep an eye out for the campground and turn into it directly from the main road instead.
All the office and maintenance staff were friendly and helpful and neighbors were friendly and quiet. We didn't get the tweaker vibe mentioned in some previous reviews. This place is cute - maybe there are new owners (who changed the name from Glenyan to Ashland Creekside, maybe?) who are trying to turn things around.
Good cell service ATT, Verizon and TMobile.
Right off of Interstate 5 near the Seven Feathers Casino is this nice little campground, but you have to put up with some road noise. It is a good place to stay for a night while traveling through.
There are full hook up sites ($29/night) and dry camping sites ($19/night). We were only 1 of 3 campers here. Reservations are accepted though not necessary. The website states no first come first served but we just came and got a spot and the host came by and there was no problem. The info board at the campground said that walk up sites are available for that night only if the spot isn't reserved.
There are free hot showers, bathroom, water spigots and fountains throughout, garbage (no recycling), and playground. It is well shaded and sites are paved and include picnic tables and fire pits. There is no wifi or firewood for sale. Sites are paved and pretty level.
Good cell service from ATT, Verizon and TMobile.
Our stay at Seven Feathers was for only one night on our way to northern Oregon, but we totally liked the site. It was a pull through with plenty of space with grass between sites, and everything was super clean. The utilities were great and the place was quiet. We are not gamblers, but if we were, this could be a great place to be comfortable while supporting the tribe quarter by quarter LOL. Seriously, it is a very well run and maintained camp, with great planning when it was developed.
Our stay at the Lincoln City Premier RV Resort was good. The space was clean and the utility hookups wee well maintained and functional. And, staff were very nice and accommodating. We upgraded to a pull through and in hindsight should not have. It was close to the road, and many of the trailers in the pull through section appeared to be long term occupants, at least a couple left early in the morning for work and returned in the afternoon. The location although easy to get both north and south from because it is adjacent to the highway, was in a part of town that seemed a little economically depressed. I would have rated it higher but for the price, I expected more.
This is a small campground (only 13 sites) but it is so beautiful. Lots of space at each site but the camp roads are thin. Don’t bring a trailer longer than 30 ft. It is dry camping but they do have a flush toilet. We reserved in advance. Mid week we had the place to ourselves but it was full on the weekend. There is a trailhead at the top of the campground and and the Rte 30 bike trail at the entrance.
These sites are gorgeous. Nestled in amongst the trees. So peaceful.