Bear Springs Campground is an ideal destination for families and groups that enjoy the outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. It offers spacious group sites, single-family sites, and a day use area with a picnic shelter amid a forest of towering trees.
Bear Springs is not far from some great wilderness spots, including mountain lakes and streams, as well as trails and historic sites. A variety of short hiking and off-highway vehicle trails are available nearby for exploration. The Mt. Hood area and Government Camp are within a short drive from the campground. For water enthusiasts, rafting and kayaking opportunities abound on the nearby Deschutes River. Picnicking is also a popular activity.
The campground offers single-family and group sites for tent and RV camping. Each site is equipped with a table and campfire ring with grill. Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided, but utility hookups are not available. Parking surfaces are gravel and dirt. Firewood can be purchased from the host.
The campground is located on the southeastern edge of Mt. Hood National Forest at an elevation of 3,000 feet. It is situated among towering pine and fir trees, but the beauty of the campground is its secluded feel. Deer and other wildlife are common in the area.
Bear Springs is near the Warm Springs Tribal Lands and is approximately 19 miles from Government Camp, where visitors may enjoy summertime snow skiing. It is also approximately 24 miles from the Deschutes River and less than one mile to Spring Drive RV Campground.
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This is a small campground in Mt. Hood National Forest. We stayed at a large group site right in the middle of the campground which was great because we were the only people there. It might feel much less private if there had been campers in the sites around us. There is nothing super special about this campground (no river or lake) and you are close to a road and can hear the traffic, but it was still nice, especially because we had the whole place to ourselves.
About 20 miles from Government Camp, this is a pretty cool campground as you are hopping over Mt Hood. With its location south east of the mountain and about 3000 foot elevation, good place to camp in the early spring if you want to then drive up Hood to get to snow.
The government website shows it as "4 groups sites" but it has about 15 individual campsites from what I saw.
You can hear cars drive by on Highway 216 but loved the open sites, big pine and fir trees and huge group-sized firepits. It also sits on the edge of Mt Hood National Forest so the background to most sites give you a good feel of the national forest.
As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I get to test products. At this campground, I tested the Three Person Limelight Tent from Marmot. I actually upgraded from my 10 year old tent and - wow - could not be happier.
Top reasons I loved the Limelight Marmot tent:
- Easy of use: What used to be 4 separate poles with my old tent is now one pre-connected pole for the Limelight that hooks into the four corners making it super easy to use. Got to the campground late Friday night and with no directions I easily set this up in a couple minutes.
- Footprint included! Don't you hate it when you invest in a tent AND THEN have to buy the ground water blocking footprint? Not with the Limelight cause it comes included.
- Size and view: The poles at the corners are rounded to give you bonus space and the entire inner top ceiling is a net so on clear (warm) night this tent is going to be great for viewing the stars.