Standard (tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Water Unknown
About Limberlost Campground

This secluded and quiet campground is nestled along beautiful Lost Creek on the Willamette National Forest. The campgroundâ??s name was derived from "Girl of the Limberlost," a classic novel by American writer and naturalist, Gene Stratton-Porter.


Hikers, swimmers, and anglers alike will delight with nearby Three Sisters Wilderness Area, Mt. Washington Wilderness, and Lost Creek. Those interested in relaxing will enjoy a soak in nearby Belknap Hot Springs. If you have an interest in biking, several trails outside of the Wilderness Areas are available.


The campground offers vault toilets and garbage service. Each campsite includes a fire ring and picnic table. There is no drinking water available at the campground. Firewood is available at Olallie Campground.

Natural Features

Located near the Three Sisters Wilderness Area, Limberlost is surrounded by fir and cedar forest. The vine maples and thimbleberry in the area help provide privacy and shade for some sites. With the babbling Lost Creek in the background, Limberlost will not disappoint.

Nearby Attractions

Both general stores and restaurants are nearby in the towns of McKenzie Bridge and Blue River.

ADA Access: N

National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
No Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Showers
Trash Available
No Water Hookups
No WiFi
Limberlost Campground is located in Oregon
44.174 N
-122.0536 W
Get Directions
From McKenzie Bridge, travel east on Hwy 126 to Hwy 242. Follow Hwy 242 approximately 2 miles east to Limberlost Campground.
4 Reviews of Limberlost Campground
Small campground but really nice!

Limberlost is a great alternative if you can’t get into Paradise Campground. Limberlost is small but clean having all the basics you need. No cell service with Verizon and this campground is super close to Proxy Falls trailhead that has a beautiful waterfall.

Lovely, cozy campgroud

12 is great. #11 is pretty good. There are several that are great to group together for a few families or group. Gateway to many hikes -short drive on scenic hwy. and lakes. Cheap and reservable.

Stop off on the way up old McKenzie hwy

Limberlost campground is a smaller campground with about 12 sites set on a McKenzie river feeder stream. Some of the spots are right on the river so you can fish right from your firepit. Others are right on the hwy 242 side, but since this is not a super busy hwy, the noise doesn't get too bad. The hwy is a popular ride for long distance road bikers so be prepared when driving to the close by hikes, and if you are going up to the pass. If you do head all the way up you will passby a short 2 or so mile hike to Proxy falls. There is a parking fee, but well worth it for the two beautiful falls and the walk through the lava beds. Keep going up and you will find "Dee wright Observatory" and spectacular views of the central Oregon cascades. This is an Oregon must see for out of towners and LImberlost provides a nice jumping off point to see them. If you decide to wander east up hwy 126 instead, you will find Tamolich Blue Pool falls trail,Sahalie and Koosah falls trail, and you can take a dip at Belknap hot springs when your done hiking.

Limberlost campground is kind of primitive, offering only one pair of gender specific pit toilets, that were decently clean, and trash service. No power, wood sales, water, showers or water disposal of any kind. They do have standard fire pits and tables at the sites. Each spot is quite unique and offer a decent amount of privacy and aren't right on top of each other.

You can reserve spots online or by phone, but they do also accept walk ups. I imagine this place fills quickly in the summer with bicyclists on their way down from over the pass from Sisters, Or. Lots to do around the campground, but also a great place to just sit and relax and listen to the small river flow by.

First to Review

Limberlost is a well-maintained, easy to access developed campground. Each site has its own parking space and firepit. Vault toilets on site. Camp sites are fairly close together, so busy weekends can get loud. Most sites nicely line the stream.

Overall, Limberlost is a great place to stay for a family weekend. Its close to many of the Mackenzie River trails and waterfalls.