Eagle Creek campground is the first developed campground in the National Forest System, having opened in 1916! This campground makes a terrific base camp for a weekend of adventures such as hiking, boating and river activities, interpretive centers, fish hatcheries, bird watching and picnicking. The campground includes 17 campsites, 14 of which must be reserved at www.recreation.gov and 3 available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each site has a paved parking apron and most are fully accessible. A full-time host is on site. Campsites are situated between large trees atop a bluff above Eagle Creek and the Columbia River. There are no RV hookups and there is a 20 foot trailer limit due to small spaces and tight curves on the road leading up to the campground.
The campground is part of the Eagle Creek Recreation Area featuring the Historic Eagle Creek Trail, constructed in 1916 and still considered one of the most popular and scenic hikes in the Gorge. Explore other area trails for outstanding day hikes and views, including Buck Point, Gorge #400, Ruckel Creek #405, Wauna Point #402, and Shady Glen #402A. Be aware many of these trails are steep or pass along cliffs with steep dropoffs. Enjoy a spectacular view of the Columbia River Gorge from Wauna Point or Buck Point or access Mt. Hood National Forest and Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness with extended overnight trips.
Eagle Creek campground is situated adjacent to Interstate 84 and railroad tracks, so the campground may be too noisy for some, especially sites #7-14.
Expensive for a non electric slot right on the highway. All the trails surrounding the campsite were closed when we stayed so we were kinda stuck. Hosts were not very kind. Ok if you need to get off the road I guess.
Eagle Creek is a small campground (something like 20 sites) located high above the Columbia River. The sites offer good privacy and are quite large. Drinking water available, the restrooms were out of order so there were porta pottys located throughout the loop, but they were very clean. Great jumping off point for the various hikes and falls located in the gorge. Multnomah Falls, Larch Mountain, Eagle Creek Trail among others are all located nearby. Easy highway access. Only downside is the train noise a few times during the night. Was here right before the massive fire in September. Not sure how the campground fared and a number of hikes/site seeing options are closed until spring.
This was a lovely forested location on a hill by the gorge. The sites were very nicely spaced out. There was some noise from the interstate, but the location was very convenient. There are tons of trails around, although if you are driving there is no ramp to get back on the road headed west. You will have to drive to Cascade Locks to turn around. The bathrooms were out of order when we were there. Portapotties were available. We only came across one water spigot, which was by the host. They do have buckets to borrow however, for dowsing your fire. There were definitely some bugs at this time of year, but once we had the campfire going they stayed away. Closest firewood is in Cascade Locks. We had a great time, and really appreciated the sites being fairly distant from one another. There was only one tent pad, but another could have been fit on the pull in, I think. We had a blast, and I didn't really notice the road noise--I slept very well. In the morning we were close to a hundred different adventures!
How was my visit? HOT, HOT, HOT! Temperatures exceeded 90 degrees - so staying cool was a bit of a challenge. Eagle Creek Campground is full of lovely trees and shade; but, my campsite was sunny from morning till late afternoon. I must admit that the secluded feeling of my campsite more than made up for too much sun! Eagle Creek Campground is situated above I-84, so there is a lot of road noise and noise from the occasional train. There is a campground host and plenty of other campers…so this solo tent camper felt safe and secure!
The campground has ready access to the Eagle Creek Trail #440 that accesses the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. The trail was VERY popular during my stay; so, instead of hiking the Eagle Creek Trail, I took in other sights: the Bonneville Dam; Multnomah and Horsetail Falls; the History Museum of Hood River; the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Musuem; a hike to Wahtum Lake; and, a "cool" visit to Starvation Creek (the perfect place to soak your feet on a hot day).