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Barnhouse Campground

6 Reviews

About This Campground

This campground is surprisingly quiet and serene as it sits nestled among some large ponderosa pine trees just a few miles from the main highway.  It also hosts the trailhead for Barnhouse Trail (#813) located in the northwest corner of the campground. Coyotes and owls can be heard most summer…


For Campers

  • Picnic Table
  • Phone Service
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets

For Vehicles

  • Max Length: 22 ft.


  • Drive In
    Park next to your campsite


6 Reviews of Barnhouse Campground

Ratings Breakdown

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Kevin R.
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2019


Nice free camp ground.

Have to becafreful and not pass the road you need to take off 26.

The road to the campground goes through private ranch lands then up into the forest.

The road is paved but has a few cattle grids and often times cattle laying on the road, but they move .

This place is…

Reviewed Jul. 18, 2019

Secluded, shady camping near painted hills/fossil beds

Came through the area planning to camp before exploring the fossil beds and painted hills nearby. Campsite is secluded from the main road, and only had one other camper while we were there (we stayed Monday night through Tuesday morning). There was a single Vault toilet that was fairly clean minus…

  • Deer were walking right through our campsite and didn’t seem very afraid of humans.
  • Small bridge over the even smaller creek running along the edge of the campground (by the trail).
  • Water trough on the other side of the bridge was cool looking but had barely any water flowing through it to be of much use.
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2019


As other reviewers stated, this campground is free, and secluded, but maintained. We were looking for a spot around Painted Hills/John Day Fossil Beds/John Day, and this worked out as we pulled into the last spot available (6 total). There were a couple RVs and trailers and a few tents. Road to…


Barnhouse Campground is located in Oregon


From Prineville, Oregon: Take Highway 380 east 55 miles to Paulina, Oregon. From Paulina, head east on County Road 112 for 3.5 miles to Beaver Creek Road (County Road 113), turning north to Forest Service Road 42. Follow Forest Service Road 42 north for 8 miles to Forest Service Road 12. Follow Forest Service Road 12 north for 17 miles to the campground. From John Day, Oregon: Take Highway 26 west to Dayville, Oregon. Travel 25 miles west from Dayville to Forest Service Road 12, then head south for 5 miles to the campground. From Mitchell, Oregon: Take Highway 26 east for 13 miles to Forest Service Road 12. Take Forest Service Road 12 south for 5 miles to the campground.


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