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About Sam Brown Campground

Sam Brown Campground is centered around a large meadow that has a colorful history of the earlier miner and homesteader to the area. Trails are located throughout the area, as well, with options for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and motorcylces, including Elkhorn Mine Jeep Road.

Nearby trail opportunities include:

Briggs Creek Trail #1132 (the trailhead located in campground) Taylor Creek Trail #1142 Onion Way Trail #1157 Secret Way Trail #1282 Dutchy Creek Trail #1154 The size of this campground, and nature of the landscape, lends itself to large group camping, with 2 picnic shelters, and and amphitheater. The meadow is great for group activities, and is also a great place to wildlife watch: deer, elk, and a plethora of bird species frequent the area. Briggs Creek flows through the area before passing on to the Illinois River.

Campsites are suitable for tents, small trailers, or campers. This campground is close to Sam Brown Horse Camp.


19 campsites with picnic tables, and fire pits No water available.  Please bring your own water. 3 vault toilets Please pack out what you pack in, as this site does not have trash removal service.

National Forest
Drive In
Hike In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
RVs and Trailers
Max Length: 24 ft.
Sam Brown Campground is located in Oregon
42.4431 N
-123.6889 W
Get Directions
From Interstate 5, take the Merlin Exit to Merlin / Galice Road approximately 12 miles to the Briggs Valley Road (Forest Road 2500). Follow Forest Road 2500 approximately 15 miles to Forest Road 2512, turn right and the campground will be on your left about 0.5 mile up the road. Access to the area restricts vehicle size, due to the narrow winding steep road to the Briggs Valley area.
1 Review of Sam Brown Campground
First to Review
Peaceful, beautiful, close to home.

Pack it-pack it out. There is no trash service. The trails are amazing. Briggs creek runs all year. The horse camp is getting a little run down, but still nice. We go every year with our horses. Its primitive camping. No drinking water, showers, or cell service. There is a spot about 3 miles up the road where most can get service.