McNeil Campground lies along the Wild and Scenic Sandy River. While it does not have drinking water, it has all the other camping amenities in a mixed lodgepole forest in an old Mt. Hood mud flow where moss carpets the ground. It is close to many hiking trails including Ramona Falls. Located on the Wild and Scenic Sandy River.
This campground has become my go-to spot for quick weekends away. The sites are huge with a good mix of sun and shade, the facilities and clean, and there always seems to be an open spot no matter how busy the weekend. Close proximity to great trailheads and only an hour outside of Portland.
Pretty much your standard little campground. Not too many sites or crowded at all. The area is beautiful obviously being near mount hood. Sites were roomy enough and there were toilets. Bummed there was no drinking water though.
Romona falls trail not too far from there was neat. I love Oregon camping
This area is on a glacial tillage area, very sterile yet peaceful. Have left food out at night and was never touched by anything. Never have seen a chipmunk or much of anything but an occasional Raven. Yet a short walk away and Lost Creek is there in an almost rain forest setting. Great trails all over the area, careful bushwacking there are ticks but not in the camp area. Ramona Falls, Mcneil Point, Burnt Lake are a few of the many hikes. There are fish in Lost creek, the Sandy is too silty for fishing up that high. Pit toilets, water available at Riley horse camp or Lost Creek campground.
Not scenic? Give me a break. Place was 40-50% full on a Aug. Saturday, but I don't get the bad rap. Sure, there are less trees and more gravel due to the proximity to the Sandy River, but you've also got a view of Mt. Hood at the entrance, lots of nearby trails, an open feel, good availability and a good location close to a nice spot on our aforementioned river. Due to the availability, you can also get a site without others too nearby and a quieter overall experience. Don't let McNeil get too lonely. GEAR REVIEW: Swrve Moire Wave Purist Water Bottle, 26 oz. tall… What stands out here is smooth, flexible plastic, a rubberized top grip and a spout that shoots out water in an intense spurt, perfect for a good, decisive hit of agua while hiking or biking. Artistic, clearer design. No carabiner clip but instead an ample middle indent means you can tighten a strap around it for backpacking. An affordable, quality option.