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Best Equestrian Sites Near Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, OR (20)

    Camper-submitted photo from Panther Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Panther Creek Campground
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    1.

    Panther Creek Campground

    18 Reviews
    58 Photos
    227 Saves
    Carson, Washington

    Overview

    The Campground sits along Panther Creek at the intersection of the Pacific Crest Trail. Driving on FR65, 4.7 miles upstream from the campground, visitors can enjoy an easy hike to Panther Falls. __Campers can enjoy the privacy provided by a variety of shade-loving plants and a thick forest of cedars, ash, firs and alder.

    Recreation

    Hikers have close access to the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans 2,663 miles from Mexico to Canada. Outstanding scenic views are available all along this trail.

    Facilities

    Hikers have close access to the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans 2,663 miles from Mexico to Canada. Outstanding scenic views are available all along this trail.

    Natural Features

    Located in southwest Washington State, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompasses 1.3 million acres and includes the 110,000-acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument established by Congress in 1982. Panther Creek Campground is located in the Mt. Adams Ranger District. Elevations here range between 1,200 feet at the Wind River Work Center, 12 miles north of Carson, WA and 12,276 feet at the summit of Mt. Adams. The Mount Adams Ranger District offers a diverse array of habitats and natural features, from old growth to second growth forest, wetland areas, low and high elevation meadows, glaciers, and low and high elevation lakes.

    contact_info

    This location has limited staffing. Please call (509) 427-3677 for general information.

    Nearby Attractions

    Panther Creek Campground makes a great base to explore Mount Adams and the Columbia River Gorge. The town of Carson is nearby, which is known for its hot springs. It also has a golf course, restaurants and shopping.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Cancellations Individual Campsites: Cancellations up to 2 days before a reservation start date incur a $10.00 cancellation fee.__ A visitor who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee including tax and applicable add-on for a campsite. Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee. No-Shows A no-show visitor is one who does not arrive at a campground and does not cancel the reservation by check-out time on the day after the scheduled arrival date. Staff will hold a campsite until check-out time on the day following the arrival date. No-shows are assessed $20.00 service fee and forfeit the first night's rate, taxes and applicable add-on for a campsite.____ Refunds Visitors may submit a refund request through their Recreation.gov profile within 7 days of the end date of their reservation. Refunds will not be issued after the 7 days has ended. Refunds for debit or credit card payments will be issued as a credit to the original bank or credit card used to pay. For check or cash purchases, Recreation.gov will mail a Treasury check for refunds of cash, check, or money order payments to the address associated with the reservation. Treasury check refunds may take up to 6-8 weeks to arrive.__ In the event of an emergency closure, the Recreation.gov team or facility manager will refund all fees and will attempt to notify you using the contact information within the Recreation.gov visitor profile.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Beacon Rock State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Beacon Rock State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Beacon Rock State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Beacon Rock State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Beacon Rock State Park Campground
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    2.

    Beacon Rock State Park Campground

    18 Reviews
    95 Photos
    190 Saves
    North Bonneville, Washington

    Campsite information The main campground has 28 standard campsites. It is an older camp in a forested setting suited more for tents than RVs. There are a limited number of sites that accommodate RVs over 20 feet. This campground closes seasonally.

    The Woodard Creek Campground has five full-hookup campsites that provide electricity, water, and sewer. The sites have a maximum length of 40 feet. These campsites are open year round.

    There are two standard equestrian campsites located at the equestrian trailhead that will accommodate a horse trailer each, a hi-line for horses, livestock water and a CXT vault toilet. There is no potable water and no electricity. Primitive camping fee applies.

    Check-in time is 2:30 p.m. Check-out time is 1 p.m.

    Winter facilities at the moorage area include two tent sites, one shower and one restroom. Overnight moorage and the boat launch are available year round.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Oxbow Regional Park
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    3.

    Oxbow Regional Park

    29 Reviews
    105 Photos
    318 Saves
    Corbett, Oregon

    Welcome to Oxbow Regional Park, a gem nestled near Gresham, Oregon. This campground is a fantastic escape from the hustle and bustle of Portland, offering a serene retreat in the heart of nature. The park is open year-round, making it a perfect destination no matter the season.

    Oxbow Regional Park is known for its lush, old-growth forests and proximity to the Sandy River. The campsites are spacious and well-spaced, providing a good mix of privacy and community. Each site comes equipped with a fire pit and picnic table, and the park offers amenities like hot showers, flushing toilets, and even ADA-accessible sites. The park's playgrounds and hiking trails are great for families and those looking to explore the beautiful surroundings.

    One of the standout features of this campground is its peaceful atmosphere. Visitors often mention the abundance of wildlife, including deer that frequently wander through the campsites. The river is a popular spot for swimming, boating, and fishing, although be cautious of the undertow. The park also provides life jackets near the water entries, which is a thoughtful touch.

    For those looking to disconnect, Oxbow Regional Park is perfect. There's little to no cell service, allowing you to truly unplug and enjoy the natural beauty around you. The park is just a short drive from town, so you can easily pick up any supplies you might need.

    Whether you're biking in from Portland or driving in for a weekend getaway, Oxbow Regional Park offers a tranquil and scenic camping experience. Enjoy the ancient trees, the quiet nights, and the chance to reconnect with nature.

    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Battle Ground Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Battle Ground Lake State Park Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Battle Ground Lake State Park Campground
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    4.

    Battle Ground Lake State Park Campground

    39 Reviews
    175 Photos
    372 Saves
    Heisson, Washington

    Battle Ground Lake State Park is a forested camping park in the Cascade Mountain foothills; its proximity to Vancouver and Portland and its cool green lake make it a great escape from the bustle of city and suburbs.

    Children play in the shallow swim area under the watchful eyes of their picnicking parents, anglers float on the lake, hikers and campers take quiet strolls in the woods. On sunny weekends, laughter fills the playground, lakefront and kitchen areas. Whether you've come for a rest or a family play day, time spent at Battle Ground Lake will leave you refreshed and ready to tackle your life once again.

    PARK FEATURES The 280-acre park offers hiking, biking, horse trails and a primitive equestrian camping area. The spring-fed lake is attractive to swimmers and paddlers and is stocked with trout, making it a favorite of anglers.

    The park has 35 standard campsites, six partial-hookups sites, 15 primitive sites that require campers to hike up to half a mile from the parking lot, two primitive equestrian sites, four cabins, one RV dump station, two restrooms and four showers. Maximum site length is 35 feet (may have limited availability).

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Milo McIver State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Milo McIver State Park Campground
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    5.

    Milo McIver State Park Campground

    36 Reviews
    109 Photos
    424 Saves
    Estacada, Oregon

    Situated along the scenic Clackamas River, Milo McIver State Park is only 45 minutes from Portland. This beautiful park provides a variety of outstanding recreational opportunities. You can spend a day or a week exploring the river, forest and fields.

    Seasonal Camping (Mid-March – Oct. 31)

    44 electrical sites with water (one accessible). Nine tent sites with water nearby Hot showers and flush toilets Three reservable group tent camping areas with water, flush toilets and fire rings Three hiker/biker campsites with water, lockers, solar charging station and fire pit RV dump station Click here to see a campground map. Water Play

    River lovers can challenge the sometimes wild (but always picturesque) Clackamas River with rafts, canoes or kayaks. For fishing enthusiasts, Estacada Lake offers a boat ramp and an ADA fishing dock, and the Clackamas River has steelhead and Chinook runs.

    The Clackamas Fish Hatchery is located at McIver Park, and self-guided tours of the hatchery guide visitors through the life-cycle of Chinook salmon and steelhead.

    SUP and Kayak Rentals Rentals and guided tours are offered by Clackamas River Outfitters at Estacada Lake through contract with Oregon State Parks. Information: 503-586-3241 or clackamasriveroutfitters.com

    Land Play Prefer to stay dry? You can hike or ride your horse over miles of trails. (Bicycles are allowed only on paved trails and roads, for the safety of all.)

    Milo also sports a world-class, 27-hole disc golf course at the Riverbend Day-use Area. Discs are available at the park office to rent or buy.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $18 - $75 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Forlorn Lakes
    Camper-submitted photo from Forlorn Lakes
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    Forlorn Lakes

    7 Reviews
    18 Photos
    236 Saves
    Trout Lake, Washington

    Forlorn Lakes, one of the most popular campgrounds in the southern part of the forest, offers 25 campsites scattered around the wooded shores of small, picturesque lakes. Swimming and fishing are possible in the larger lakes. Huckleberry bushes grow in the campground and surrounding area making this site very popular during huckleberry season. The campsites at a maximum 18 feet long are suitable for tent camping and small campers or RV's. The day use area has lake views, picnic tables, and fire rings. The campground is very popular, the camping spots fill early in the week. Forlorn Lakes offers nearby access to Indian Heaven via the East Crater Trailhead.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • ADA Access
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian

    $10 - $20 / night

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    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Creek Campground
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    7.

    Rock Creek Campground

    5 Reviews
    10 Photos
    54 Saves
    Yacolt, Washington

    Washington State Discover Pass required https://discoverpass.wa.gov/

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Tents
    • Equestrian
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash
    Camper-submitted photo from Riley Horse Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Riley Horse Campground
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    Riley Horse Campground

    3 Reviews
    22 Photos
    28 Saves
    Rhododendron, Oregon

    Overview

    Riley Campground is an equestrian facility located northwest of Oregon's majestic Mt. Hood. Horse corrals are tucked into the forest near the campsites, and several horseback riding trails can be accessed from the campground. A variety of recreational and sightseeing opportunities are available for visitors to enjoy.

    Recreation

    Several hiking, biking and horseback riding trails can be accessed from the campground, including the 5.3-mile Cast Creek Trail, which was reconstructed in 1998 and leads from the campground to the Zigzag Mountain Trail. Combined with the nearby 4.9-mile Horseshoe Ridge Trail and part of the Zigzag Mountain Trail, visitors can make a nearly 14-mile excursion. The Sandy River Trail follows the river and stretches about 3 miles. Fishing is available in nearby Lost Creek, as well as the Sandy River, which is not far from the campground. Anglers can expect a variety of trout, salmon and whitefish. The rivers are popular for fly fishing. Scenic drives and picnicking are also popular activities.

    Facilities

    Several hiking, biking and horseback riding trails can be accessed from the campground, including the 5.3-mile Cast Creek Trail, which was reconstructed in 1998 and leads from the campground to the Zigzag Mountain Trail. Combined with the nearby 4.9-mile Horseshoe Ridge Trail and part of the Zigzag Mountain Trail, visitors can make a nearly 14-mile excursion. The Sandy River Trail follows the river and stretches about 3 miles. Fishing is available in nearby Lost Creek, as well as the Sandy River, which is not far from the campground. Anglers can expect a variety of trout, salmon and whitefish. The rivers are popular for fly fishing. Scenic drives and picnicking are also popular activities.

    Natural Features

    The campground is situated in the Old Maid Flat geologic area of Mt. Hood National Forest at an elevation of about 2,100 feet. It sits alongside Lost Creek and is near the Sandy Wild and Scenic River. A variety of wildlife makes its home in the area.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (503) 622-3191.

    Nearby Attractions

    A deviation from the road coming into the campground (Forest Road 1825), will lead to a trailhead for spectacular Ramona Falls, on the Sandy River. The 7.1-mile, moderately difficult trail leads to cascading waterfalls and is one of the most popular hikes in Mt. Hood National Forest.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Group
    • Equestrian
    • Cabins
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $23 - $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Clackamas Lake
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    9.

    Clackamas Lake

    10 Reviews
    36 Photos
    69 Saves
    Government Camp, Oregon

    Overview

    Clackamas Lake Campground is a great camping destination, especially when nearby Timothy Lake sites are full. The lake is small and shallow. The facility is located in the Clackamas Lake Historic District in Mt. Hood National Forest. It provides access to fishing, swimming and leisurely boating, as well as a number of trails and historic points along the way.

    Recreation

    Clackamas Lake is a great place for fishing, swimming and non-motorized boating. Anglers can expect a catch of cutthroat, brook, rainbow or German brown trout. A variety of wildlife make its home in the area as well. Nearby Timothy Lake provides opportunities for picnicking and water-related recreation, including use of power boats. The Clackamas Lake Ranger Station Historic District is less than a mile from the campground. It is a series of structures and cabins built to house Forest Service workers in the early 1900s. Rustic architecture and the historic nature of the buildings and the surrounding area, draws thousands of tourists each year. It is a must-see while staying at the campground. Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are also popular activities. The 2.2-mile Miller Trail begins in the campground and connects to the Pacific Crest Trail, which extends more than 2,650 miles, from Canada to Mexico. Additional trails, to scenic Little Crater Lake and to the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, are also available in the area.

    Facilities

    Clackamas Lake is a great place for fishing, swimming and non-motorized boating. Anglers can expect a catch of cutthroat, brook, rainbow or German brown trout. A variety of wildlife make its home in the area as well. Nearby Timothy Lake provides opportunities for picnicking and water-related recreation, including use of power boats. The Clackamas Lake Ranger Station Historic District is less than a mile from the campground. It is a series of structures and cabins built to house Forest Service workers in the early 1900s. Rustic architecture and the historic nature of the buildings and the surrounding area, draws thousands of tourists each year. It is a must-see while staying at the campground. Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are also popular activities. The 2.2-mile Miller Trail begins in the campground and connects to the Pacific Crest Trail, which extends more than 2,650 miles, from Canada to Mexico. Additional trails, to scenic Little Crater Lake and to the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, are also available in the area.

    Natural Features

    The campground is nestled in a heavily wooded forest of pine trees, with partial views of Oregon's highest peak. A lush, green understory provides some privacy between campsites. The campground is near the shores of 3-acre Clackamas Lake, and just three miles from larger Timothy Lake. It is situated at an elevation of about 3,400 feet.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (503) 622-3191.

    Nearby Attractions

    The campground is less than 40 miles from Mt. Hood, where a historic lookout provides scenic views of the snow-capped mountain. Hiking and year-round skiing is available.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian

    $25 - $27 / night

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    Bonney Crossing

    5 Reviews
    32 Photos
    53 Saves
    Tygh Valley, Oregon

    Located on beautiful Badger Creek, at the foot of the Badger Creek Wilderness, this popular campground appeals to those who enjoy fishing, hiking, or horseback riding. This quiet campground is located along Badger Creek at one of the portals to the Badger Creek Wildnerness. Visitors who camp at this campground can access the eastern end of the Badger Creek Trail.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Tents
    • Equestrian
    • Picnic Table
    • Toilets

    $16 / night

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