Riverside Campground is a charming and rustic campground, situated alongside the Wild and Scenic Clackamas River in Mt. Hood National Forest. It provides access to a variety of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails and is a great place to experience nature.
The campground is located in Mt. Hood National Forest along the Oak Grove Fork of the Clackamas River at an elevation of about 1,400 feet. Huge maple and Douglas fir trees cover the area, and dense shrubbery provides some privacy between campsites. The campground is not far from the Ripplebrook Ranger Station and Ripplebrook Pond.
The river provides habitat for the federally protected bald eagle and northern spotted owl, as well as an occasional peregrine falcon. A variety of wildlife makes its home in the area.
Fishing is very popular in the Oak Fork and anglers can expect a catch of winter steelhead, spring Chinook and late summer Kokanee salmon, as well as other species of freshwater fish. The Clackamas River also provides miles of wild water as it bends through the scenic Cascade range, making whitewater rafting a popular activity.
The 5-mile Riverside National Recreation Trail, popular for hiking and mountain biking, is located not far from the campground. The surrounding area provides numerous additional opportunities for hiking.
The campground offers more than a dozen single-family sites for tent and small RV camping. Each site is equipped with a table and campfire ring with grill. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided, but no hookups are available. Parking surfaces are paved and gravel.
Bagby Hot Springs is located about 14 miles southwest of the campground. A popular site for soaking and relaxing, the springs are in a heavily wooded area in the scenic Cascade Range. The available bathhouses are fed by three major hot water springs and several minor outlets in the area. A historic guard station was built there in 1913.
Biking: Mountain Biking
Water Sports: Whitewater Rafting
Very nice. Easily accessed from main road. River is beautiful.
This campground is an easy drive from the Portland area. Would recommend getting ice, firewood, last minute items at the Ripplebrook Ranger Station as it's the last place to do so before the campground (15 minutes from campground). I was in space 12, which was very sunny and had little shade. It had a great trail, Riverside Trail, that had direct access from the campground and ran along the river. It was also close enough to Bagby Hot Springs where you could get up early and beat the weekend crowds.
The walk in sites here are pretty cool and great for an extended group that wants to camp together but have alot of space. All the walk in sites are separated from the rest of the campground. The river here is great for tubing. You do get some road noise at this campground. The sites are also very unevenly sized. We ended up with a sorta awkward tiny one that didn't have much privacy. Luckily everyone was pretty quiet during our few days here.
This is one of the better campgrounds along the Clackamas River in the Mt Hood Forest (and there are lots of campgrounds on this stretch of the river). All the campgrounds are pretty close to the road, but this one is near the end of the section of campgrounds, so it has fewer cars passing by. It is down a little from the road, too, which helps. The sites are pretty private but vary widely site to site. Unfortunately, the Oregon Parks site doesn't show pictures, so we picked a site blindly and it ended up being tiny (although we had 3 tents and 6 people). We made it work, but it wasn't ideal. The access to the river, and the fast current and little rapids do make it ideal, though. You can do the bit of river just by the site (which ends in a swimming hole near the camp host's site), or continue on down some small rapids and walk a trail back about a mile to the camp. It's the ideal campground for summer floating!
Riverside is a "primitive" campground directly on the banks of the Metolious River in the Camp Sherman area-- but I'd categorize it as primitive with convenience. The campground is just a few miles off of HWY 22, and about 10 miles away from Sisters (if you want to brunch while camping). The Camp Sherman General Store which is one of the greatest camp stores on the planet is a 20 minute walk from the campground on a riverside path (if you need an icecream sandwich, or a latte, or gluten free brownie mix). The sites are walk-in, but the car parking is about 50 yards from the sites -- so you can still easily access you car.
Each site is equipped with a picnic table, and fire ring. There are 2 pit toilets for the 16 campsites, and a 3rd at the Metolious Head a short walk away (the most primitive part about the experience). They were a bit smelly on our visit. There is access to a water pump for drinking water.
The sites are huge, and you can pay for additional tents and cars if you bring more than the max (I believe it was 6 campers and 1 car). We easily had 4 tents and 6 hammocks in the site with plenty of room.
Each site has a path to the river (which is freezing) and even though you can't see the river from your site, you can hear it all night long. You may also hear the coyotes.
From Riverside you're close to all the Camp Sherman hikes (it's also a hot spot for biking) as well as to Black Butte and Suttle Lake (warm enough for swimming). The campsite is dog friendly.