Standard (Tent/RV)
Tent Sites
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About Panther Creek Campground

The Campground sits along Panther Creek at the intersection of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Driving on FR65, 4.7 miles upstream from the campground, visitors can enjoy an easy hike to Panther Falls.

 Campers can enjoy the privacy provided by a variety of shade-loving plants and a thick forest of cedars, ash, firs and alder.


Hikers have close access to the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans 2,663 miles from Mexico to Canada. Outstanding scenic views are available all along this trail.


The campground consists of 33 back-in sites with parking spurs that vary from 20 to 40 feet in length.

The campground's Premium Sites are adjacent to the creek and each site comes with a picnic table and grill. Potable water and vault toilets are also available.

Natural Features

Located in southwest Washington State, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompasses 1.3 million acres and includes the 110,000-acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument established by Congress in 1982.

Panther Creek Campground is located in the Mt. Adams Ranger District. Elevations here range between 1,200 feet at the Wind River Work Center, 12 miles north of Carson, WA and 12,276 feet at the summit of Mt. Adams.

The Mount Adams Ranger District offers a diverse array of habitats and natural features, from old growth to second growth forest, wetland areas, low and high elevation meadows, glaciers, and low and high elevation lakes.

Nearby Attractions

Panther Creek Campground makes a great base to explore Mount Adams and the Columbia River Gorge.

The town of Carson is nearby, which is known for its hot springs. It also has a golf course, restaurants and shopping.

ADA Access: N

$20.00 - $36.00
National Forest
Drive In
Hike In
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
No Market
Pets Allowed
No Phone Service
Picnic Table
No Showers
Trash Available
No WiFi
RVs and Trailers
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Water Hookups
Max Length: 40 ft.
Panther Creek Campground is located in Washington
45.8197 N
-121.8797 W
Get Directions
From Carson, WA: Travel 6 miles north to Old State Highway, (follow signs) turn right and then take your first left on Panther Creek Road. Proceed on Panther Creek Road for 4 miles to the campground.
9 Reviews of Panther Creek Campground
A really nice quiet campground

This is a great campground in a nice forest setting.  Nice big sites with a level tent pad.  Multiple access points to the creek and the PCT is just outside the campground. Water, pit toilets(clean) and firewood are available.  Good spacing between sites, but not a ton of privacy.  Saw lots of birds.

Great Spot

We have stayed here a couple of times now, both by accident when our intended destinations were full. The sites are pretty well spread out in a double loop with 3 double pit toilets and 2 hand pumps for water. There are several places to access the creek and play in the cold, shallow water. The stones in the stream are a rainbow of metamorphic rock.

Across the road is a horse camp that the PCT goes through. There is a spur from the PCT directly into the campground for easy access. There is a beautiful view of Mt. Hood just a couple of miles up the trail. Further up the road is a short hike to some beautiful falls. The road continues for a long way, eventually looping up to Cougar, making for a lot to do in the area. Camas is a short drive for most supplies though for spirits you'll have to go to Stevenson about 30 minutes away. Overall an accessible and pleasant place to camp.

Easy walk to nice waterfall

I've been here several times, most recently in December 2018. It's nice that it's still accessible when other roads are starting to close for the winter. The falls still had some flow. Picnic tables and fire rings are provided. There's also potable water and vault toilets. I think they take reservations during the open season, around April-October, and the cost is $24/night

Hidden Gem in Gifford Pinchot

This is my go-to campground when visiting the Gorge area. Located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, just north of the town of Carson. Its about a 20 minute drive to the Columbia river, and 10 minutes to the small town of Carson. Its tucked away down a beautiful Forest road. You are nestled amongst towering old growth trees, wild ferns and thimbleberries, with Panther Creek running alongside the camp. The 2018 season had excellent campground hosts, I hope they return next year! They were very friendly and had helpful tips for trails in the area.

The pit toilets were clean, though heavy smell of ammonia which is not unusual at campgrounds like this. Each site has a fire pit and picnic table. There are potable water pumps, as well as garbage and recycling. Frequented mainly by families, and some PCT hikers, as it is located just of the PCT trail. They have first come first serve as well as reservable sites. It fills up quickly on the weekends, so if you dont have a site reserved I highly recommend getting there early. Each regular site is $18 a night. Enjoy!

The cleanest campground around

The campground is nestled into a lovely forest setting in GPNF located near the gorgeous Panther Creek falls. The campground humbly boasts some of the best tasting fresh water around, and the well source is frequently tested for bacteria and well managed. You’ll wake up to lovely birdsong and if you’re on the side of the campground closest to the creek you’ll be lulled to peaceful slumber by the sound of the water nearby. The hosts keep the campground immaculately clean and are frequently making rounds about the place. They are some of the friendliest helpful people you could ever ask to have hosting a campground. The bathrooms are the cleanest I’ve ever seen and the hosts are frequently complimented by campers on how spotless they are kept. There is a short feeder trail out to the PCT and PCT thru-hikers often find themselves coming into the campsite to the warmest welcome. True “trail angels”, hosts Lisa and Bryon have a cache of trail “goodies” for PCT hikers who find themselves at the campground. They offer peaceful respite and maybe even a ride if they’re headed into town. For car campers, locals and tourists alike, the hosts are ripe with ideas for local adventure with extensive knowledge of trails in the surrounding GPNF, Trapper Creek, and Indian Heaven Wilderness areas. There is a multitude of good reason why Panther Creek is a hands down area favorite.

Nice and clean

We stayed on site 15. The sites was a little hard to get into because of all the cars, trucks parked on the roadway, the owners were happy to move vehicles to get us in (5er,34ft). lots of creek fun, pool ,half price for campers. Large playground but not in the shade. It was very hot over July 4th. You can’t get to Cherokee lake from the campground. very clean and nice. Visit the camp station area birds on display .


A wonderful campsite. It's next to great trails and the site it's self is very well maintained. I will definitely be back.

Better in the fall?

This campsite was well appointed with well water, pit toilets, a short walk to the creek, firewood for sale, great hosts. However, during the peak summer months, being in a wind break makes for a hot, stuffy, buggy experience. Our campsite was furthest from the creek, and a spot closer to the creek may have been better. I will go back to Panther Creek, but possibly to try a fall trip instead.

In the Middle of Everything

Right by Mt. Hood, Hood River and the wind surfing, Pacific Crest Trail, huckleberry picking, Portland, Vancouver, etc.