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.
Entrance is free. The sites are strung through the trees and overlook the Badlands of Central Oregon's high desert. Cool temps in summer
The camp spots are good nice and clean but u better show up Thursday to get a good spot
LArgentina open spaces for people who have toy haulers. Tons of noise all day and night. Come here if you have sand toys or horses!
Rest rooms but no showers. Basic fire rings and that's it.
Right next to the dunes!
We visited this campground for the second time this past weekend and even in late October it is a fantastic location to go on the coast!
It has tent sites, RV pads cabins and is one of the few locations where delux yurts can be rented.
W stayed in a cabin last time, but that loop is closed for construction until 2019.
This time it was the delux yurt, which sleeps up to 9 people, has it's own bathroom with toilet, sink and shower, microwave, fridge, kitchen sink,TV, DVD player and heater that will cook you out if you want it to. Outside comes with a porch, picnic bench and 4 burner gas grill. Fantastic for group rental! We had 5 adults and it was a ton of space!
The yurts are just up the hill from the lake where you can go fishing and hike the approximately 1 mile long trail.
There is also a day use area with benches and a small sandy beach.
Lover this place!
This is high desert so sites are pretty much just dirt. Some have cool vegetation, grasses and even some sage. Scenery is still awesome and the lake it a lot of fun. If getting out on the water is your thing, can rent boats/kayaks. Sunsets are epic. Has showers and legit bathrooms for those who like civilization. Plenty of hiking nearby.
Walk-in site (the Bivy) is chill. walk-in, pitch tent, done. Yeah you have a lot of neighbors, but people are nice and the price is right ($8 per night for up to two weeks). Has showers and easy access to the climbing. Epic. The ground is pretty nice, not super rocky, but heavy duty tarp would still be a nice way to even things out. Not allowed to sleep in vans etc. tent/bivy only.
This is mostly an RV Park and cabin rentals but there are 4 tent spots right on the beach that are phenomenal. You feel like you have your own place on the beach. You do have to walk your stuff there but it’s totally worth it. The first night was great but the second night was a torrential downpour that woke us up. Definitely hit or miss with rain but absolutely a great find. They have large family yurts and cabins to get away from the rain but these tent sites are my favorite!
Oregon really doesn’t have bad campgrounds. It was raining while we were here but it’s a beautiful spot and if you’ve got an RV who cares about the rain! I really like the spots towards the back that back up to the trees and the Necanium River. They even have onsite laundry facilities and clean bathrooms/showers.
This is a really nice RV Resort right in the middle of Cannon Beach. You almost don’t feel like you’re camping. With an indoor pool, jungle gym for kids, basketball court and of course the beach down the street what more could you want. Safe, clean and a beautiful area to be in.
For a place right in Cannon Beach this place is great. Clean and green. Beautiful landscape and you could easily walk or ride a bike to the beach a few blocks away. The spaces are a bit small so I’m not sure you’d want to bring an RV here but for tent ⛺️ it’s definitely a nice spot.
This was so peaceful. We tent camped for a week in the summer. Took nice long hike around the lake twice with the kids. The spots are huge, the toilets smell so bad though. Make sure to bring sanitizer definitely. The views in the morning make it worth it though.
We came here in summer and stayed in a cabin. It was clean and very spread out. We were among farms it seemed like and off the road so not much noise. This KOA compared to others didn’t seem to have a ton to do and was pretty dusty. It was fun though to be close enough to Bend to take some great hikes with the family.
We really love KOAs. This KOA is the best. It’s perfect for families because they have tons of lot of activities. The indoor pool was very clean and we enjoyed it several days. The kids played on the playgrounds and even our pup was happy with the trail walks. We visited Fort Stevens and the shipwreck on the beach and had so much fun doing it.
Loop A & B: Sitting right in Winchester Bay, this campground likely got this name because of the wind chills that whip by during the night or stormy days. I would not go tent camping at this site, but RV, trailer, car-camping and ATV use would be great! This site has access to their piers for fishing, access to small local shops, and the dunes are less than 5 minutes away. We enjoyed visiting the Umpqua Lighthouse State Park while in town and recommend trying DD’s pub for fresh oysters caught in the oyster triangle.
This site DOES have bathrooms, showers, and a large playground. There is no privacy between the sites, be forewarned.
These site are fairly shady and private, covered by trees and foliage. The sites at this campground are large enough for an RV or tent. The sites are set up in a grid and if you are further up on the hill you will need to walk a bit through the pathways/camps to get to the restrooms.
There is acess right across the street to a fishing dock and a few picnic tables for a small family event or outing. If you looking for something extra to do, try driving up the road to the Loon Lake resort and restaurant for a bite to eat. We did not go swimming near this site, but if you were to look around there is a flowing river along the road and walk-in area near the Loon Lake resort that you may be able to sneak into.
There is a site with ADA access. All sites are $15/camping and $5/day use vehicle.
For more info:https://www.recreation.gov/camping/gateways/1728
Loon Lake Campground sits on Loon Lake about 40 minutes outside Reedsport Oregon. This campsite is somewhat private with enclosures from plants/foliage and well kept, but also sits right on the roadside across from Loon Lake and you will need to cross the road to get to the day-use and lake acess area. There is enough room for RVs trailers and/or tents and per usual vault toilets and campfire rings. Make sure to bring your own water.
While staying at this site, if you like to day-trip and see the area I advise that you go up the road and eat a meal at the Loon Lake Resort restaurant and possibly rent a boat or go fishing off of their pier. Reedsport is a fun, little town and is the nearest grocery store for forgotten items.
See more info here:https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234076
With just seven campsites, I liked the feeling of seclusion you might get similar to the dispersed sites further down the road, while still having a relatively clean pit toilet and garbage available. Kind of the best of both worlds. I also liked that it was $15 (vs the $20 of Henry Rierson nearby). It's first-come, first-served, and sites really do matter, so it's worth looking around or coming early or before the weekend to make sure you get a good one. Site #1 is literally a small turn-out on the road and worth avoiding, while other sites (like 4/5/6) are much larger, more secluded, and on the water. Sites 5 and 6 are also perfect if you have a group and want to share/go back and forth between the two sites. Site #7 is another one that's right on the parking lot and fairly small and worth avoiding if possible. I'd probably give this one a 3.5 star rating since the larger sites are nice, but not a ton to do other than hang out in/by the river.
Clean, nice, semi-wooded campground with plenty of water to play in and places to run around for kids. Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and there were still a few sites available when we arrived early-ish (10 am or so) on a Saturday in June. There are both tent and RV sites on both sides of the road. The river-side has more camp sites and some are practically right on the river. There's also a smaller creek that runs through the campground that feeds into the larger, wade-able river. While I had read tons of great reviews, I think my experience overall was more "meh." Yes, the sites are pretty, clean, and the river is lovely, but it seemed a little crowed or at least that the sites were too on top of each other (though I may just being extra picky with so many other amazing campsites in Oregon). I also wasn't thrilled with the road running through the campground. With mostly pit toilets (one flush one) and no showers, I thought the $20 per night fee was slightly expensive when there were other primitive sites down the road a bit for free. Overall, worth trying one more time due to its proximity to Portland.
Free spots, totally barren with Mars-like landscape and no trees. You're completely exposed to the elements, though there are covered picnic tables and fire pits. Beware of the pit toilets since they are often home to black widows (not the Marvel superhero…sadly). Sunstones galore. Easy to pick up right at your camp site. Not far from some of the best sunstone mines in the world. No water. Be sure to bring all your supplies with you as the nearest stores is miles away. No hookups for trailers, though properly supplied and with decent clearance and spare tires for the gravel road, there is space to park them.
Affordable forested campsites with many that are steps from the Clackamas River. River is gorgeous and you can hear the sounds of the creek from many of the campsites. While some spots in the middle lack privacy, the river side spots are great with lots of space and separated by large trees. Toilets, picnic tables and fire rings on site. Great in the summer if you wan to wade in the river. We were there on a Sunday night in August and almost had the whole place to ourselves. Fun hiking nearby. One of our favorite campsites in the Mt. Hood natural area. The river access is really cool and it's also a short drive to other swimming holes and hiking.
This is where I first picked blackberries 😜. Being from the desert it was definitely awesome to pick them fresh. I loved this state park because of the view and the blackberries of course. We had a great spot with a good amount of space and privacy. The location can’t be beat for watching the kite surfing nearby and we took a tour of session beer that was awesome!
We stayed here and felt like it was so cool. The campground is clean, plenty of space and there was lots of historic spots to checkout. We didn’t have cell service the whole week. We had lots of bugs and fog but it’s Oregon and kinda typical lol the kids really enjoyed it and then walking the beach to check out the shipwreck too
Nottingham is so so beautiful especially for the hiking. You e got Mt. Hood nearby and a river. The tent camping is pretty secluded. We had a spot next to the river and it was so peaceful. The rangers directed us to our campsite and gave us hiking recommendations, which was so helpful.
The toilets were clean, and well stocked. It is easy to find but still far enough away not to hear traffic. This place is pretty perfect. Definitely go on this recommended hikes because the falls were spectacular.
We stayed in a yurt here and inside was a sign in book with a lot of fun adventures shared from other travelers. There’s walk path across the street to the river and park which was fun to tube down in the summer heat. This was our second time staying and we will definitely return. It was well kept.
Clean and very scenic view coming in. We tent camped for four days and really enjoyed the quiet here. Not a lot of people which was great in the summer. Nothing bad to say about it. We would definitely return again in the summer but probably RV insurers of tent camp.
We stayed here and really enjoyed the proximity to the beach and the views but checked out early due to tent camping and high winds. The spots are larger than other beach side campgrounds we’ve visited. I would come again but probably RV instead of tent camp.
This campground, Nottingham, is definitely high on my list of favorite campgrounds. It has everything you could want in a campground. Hiking nearby, beautiful Mt. Hood, and a river you can hear rushing at night while you sleep. I also really love how private and secluded each campsite is. Nothing bugs me more than being in our campsite and we can see what everyone else around us is doing and saying. We had a spot next to the river, and it was so peaceful at night listening to the river. The campground rangers are super friendly, and very helpful. They directed us to our campsite, and gave us hiking recommendations to do in the morning. The vaulted toilets were clean, and stocked with toilet paper when we stayed. The campground is easy to find, right off highway 35. It is far enough away from the highway, though, so you cant hear the cars and trucks rushing by. The hiking was really great. I would recommend Tamanawas Falls which was nearby. We did a few others hikes that were really great as well. The wildflowers were out in full bloom (see pictures attached-I took so many flower pictures!!) There are no water spigots in the campground so definitely make sure to bring enough water, or a water filtration system…especially if you plan to do a lot of hiking. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and would definitely come back.