We camped with another couple in late fall (3rd weekend in October). The leaves and color were amazing! Cool air with the small creek made the experience exceptional! Was very quiet with a few diehard campers that late in the fall. We would definitely return and do it again and we will! Enjoy!
Between the John Day River and the highway outside of John Day, this campground is beautifully maintained. The lawns are green, the bathrooms spotless. There are full hookup rv/trailer sites, tent sites, and hiker/biker sites. The restrooms include free individual shower rooms. There is some traffic noise but it isn't too bad. This is a first-come campground so no reservations are available. Get there early during the summer months.
On our way to Walloa lake we stopped at Clyde Holliday for the night as we have plans to visit the Kam Wa Chung museum in John Day, nice spot and very well watered allowing for mosquitos the size of small birds…come prepared with a screen room and repellent if visiting in early summer!
This is the Only State Park Near John Day!
You CANNOT make reservations for the campsites in this park. Only the Teepees are reservable. However the park hosts here are amazing and allow boondocking in the large park overflow area when no sites are available.
The sites are spacious with hook ups available. There is a restroom and shower located in the center of this small campground. There is no playground, but there is a large day use area adjacent that my kiddos loved to run around in. The John Day River runs along the south side of the campground and there is a nice walking trail.
Be advised the closest store is 8-10miles in the city of John Day. Prices are high and selection is limited, so do come prepared if staying a few days!
If the 3 John Day National Monuments are on your list, I highly recommend this campground for its location, friendly park hosts, and small campground feel!
In general, Oregon State Parks are great. This is another nice one with plenty of tent and RV sites available. Bathrooms and showers on-site. The park sits nestled in a picturesque treed area, near the Painted Hills. Great location if you are wanting to get to the Painted Hills area of central Oregon.
This is my second time staying at Clyde Holliday and wound up in the same site I stayed in last year. The sites are huge and well spaced. Lots of trees and a nice trail system along the river. Close to John Day and the Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds.
Grabbed one of the last spots at 6pm. Decent camp sites. Not a ton of privacy, but nice trees and grassy areas. Flush toilets and warm showers. There's a small creek that runs by the camp where you can wade and kids try to catch crayfish. Overall totally pleasant.
We stayed 3 nights in one of the teepees at Clyde Holliday State Park. The site backs up to the John Day river (very mellow in August). My kids loved playing in the water and catching crayfish. There is a nice trail to walk on in the park and the bathrooms and showers are great. The only drawback was the constant sprinklers running. The grass is green, but the sprinklers on all night long is a bit relentless.