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.
We arrived just after dark when we had no idea where we would land for the night and were pleasantly surprised. Level, paved sites that are very spacious. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring, and bbq. Privacy is due to many mature trees throughout. Exceptionally clean bathrooms with soap and hand sanitizer. Didn’t check out the showers but I would assume they are in the same condition. Firewood available for a reasonable $6 per bundle. Our site (13) didn’t have hookups and maybe I did not see that others did (another reviewer mentioned them) but at $20 ($10 with senior lifetime pass), this place is a good deal. Pretty much non-existent cell service. We fell asleep to the sounds of the rushing North Umpqua River. Small amphitheater and horseshoe pits, along with several trails. Very quiet on a Tuesday the week before Memorial Day but I imagine it would be very different at the height of the summer with rafting and fishing.
Clean, accessible campground near the coast. The half mile trail from the camp to the beach is very nice and easy to walk. My partner and I van camp so we don’t need electric or water hook ups, but we took the spot near the path. Costs $31 a night in a RV spot, and $21 for a tent sight. The bathrooms and showers were clean, and they have firewood for sale in the camp. My only “complaint” would be my 2002 Astro got some looks from the other campers, who seemed to be older, well-off white folks. There were many expensive trucks, trailers, and RVs parked here lmao. I bet they got a kick out of us young-ins in a little van.
Nice campground with yurts, trails, an amphitheater, playground, and a nice, clean bathroom. It has outdoor sinks by the bathroom for doing dishes and plenty of tent sites. The day use area across the street has a nice little creek also! Sites aren’t very private but they’re nice and flag. Ada camping was all paved
This is one of the largest state park campgrounds in Oregon! Nice location near Astoria and Seaside, with lots of things to do and explore.
There are different “loops” available, with many RV sites. We were the only tent campers we could see in our RV loop, the sizes vary, but their website gives you a general size idea. All the loops have restroom/shower facilities that were regularly stocked and cleaned.
There is a lake within the park that you can boat or go fishing. Also, there is access to the beach right in the park. This beach is one of the few that allow motor vehicle use.
Check out the old military sites and the shipwreck while at the park, and head in to Astoria for a day of exploration!
A typical KOA, with a store, cabins, deluxe cabins, tent sites and RV sites. What they don’t tell you is the freight train runs about every 30 minutes including overnight. The first time was a big surprise, but we got used to it.
The facilities were stocked and mostly clean. Unfortunately, campfires were not allowed when we stayed, but it wasn’t their fault. There were also a ton of yellow-jacket bees, but they worked hard to control them with effective traps.
Don’t miss this little gem on the Oregon coast! They have a few full hookup RV sites that have an unbeatable view of Alsea Bay and the Pacific Ocean, but they reserve fast. Clean and private bathrooms and showers, a small laundromat and a great little store that has almost everything that you forgot to bring complete the site. For those with families, there is a playground. Doesn’t get 5 stars because you aren’t allowed to have fires after 10PM.
Wildlife and landscape collide and paint a beautiful picture. There is a small creek with fish nearby and deer and coyote frequent the campgrounds. Nearby are the hot springs and petroglyphs at the nearby lake. This area however is pretty mosquito heavy and as it is a fairly long distance from any town come prepared as there is no nearby gas station/store/restaurants. Make sure to also watch out for rattlesnakes as we encountered one on our trip.
Located between sisters and bend this campground is surrounded by beautiful mountains and trails. We hiked black butte during this trip and were amazed at how social the chipmunks were once we reached the top where the lookout is. Campground was clean and minimal.
Unfortunately when we came here the campgrounds around applegate lake were closed to season. However this campsite was still nice and sat alongside the river with fishing access. There were quite a few stray cats roaming the campsites but kept away from us while we were camping. Bathrooms are located centrally in the campgrounds and nearby is a fun little hiking trail that takes you to a Bigfoot trap and some abandoned buildings.
Fun place to camp, although there is no beach access this campground is well situated back in the trees with restrooms, picnic benches, small ponds and even a playground. The main office doubles as a store and restaurant that serves germanic type food and plays live music and dancing. Was a great trip and would love to go back.
Nice facilities but crater lake is the star of this trip, beautiful year round there is always something to do here even if buried under ten feet of snow!
Pretty location close to town, beach goes on for miles in either direction and campsites are located practically on the sand. The downside is the beach is usually busy and not much can be found unless you’re an early riser. Beach is pet friendly and rv is usually the best accommodations here.
Fun lake camping with shaded campsites that are cool in the summer. You can rent lake boats, paddle boards and other swim type toys and their facilities include summer type treats as well. Campsites are near the lake and great for larger parties or private events.
Pretty location but also lots of bugs, be prepared for mosquitos! There is a small creek that runs through some of the campsites and lots of other wildlife including snakes, rabbits and deer. No bathrooms or showers located near sites.
A hotspot for locals for birthdays and celebrations, our campsite was large and included a fire pit and picnic bench with nearby bathrooms. The river was nice and cool in the warm weather and there are nearby volleyball nets and playground for kids.
A fun little campground that is located right off Dead Indian memorial road. There are a few wooden stalls for horses and campgrounds are first come first served. Picture is from a nearby lookout we hiked to. Beautiful trails in the area.
River is a wonderful place to picnic and swim at during warmer months but is also known locally for high school students and young adults to come down and drink at. Other than the usually crowded beaches the area is beautiful. The road down to the campground can be fairly windy and bumpy as most of it is not paved.
A very fun campground that only seems to be busy around the summer months. Bathrooms are nice and campsites include a fire pit and picnic bench. People seemed to be very friendly and social. Nearby is the logging museum which is free to the public and open regular hours.
Campground is fairly nice with campsites a little spread out. However there is an issue with homeless wondering the campground and nearby park and the police are known to frequent the park as junkies like to get high nearby. During the summer the park can be very active with the rogue river located a short walk from campsites. Fishing and swimming are common activities seen here with the waters usually being fairly calm.
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