Camping isn’t just a summer activity in Oregon. It’s a way of life, year round. When the rainy season arrives, our forests become even greener, and they’re begging to be explored.

So pack your tarps and go explore Oregon in the cooler months. Whether it’s a quick overnight trip or an extended backpacking adventure, there are some fantastic places to set up camp in the beaver state.

4 of Our Favorite Campgrounds for Oregon Camping

The camping options in Oregon can be overwhelming. There are so many places to see! We’ve narrowed them down to our favorite four.

1. Fort Stevens State Park

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Come to Fort Stevens if you want more than just a campground because there’s tons to do. Make sure you bring your bike to explore the 7 miles of bike trails that wind throughout the park. One of the must-see spots within the park is definitely the fort and the wreck of Peter Iredale. Camping here for more than one night is definitely a great idea.

“Hit this one in April so we didn’t need a reservation (though I am pretty sure you need one during the summer season). A well appointed campground with showers and big spots for tents. Bring your bike! I think there’s close to seven miles of bike trails that lead you to most of the attractions at the park. Be sure to check out the fort itself and the wreck of the Peter Iredale.” -Chad L. The Dyrt Reviewer

2. Tumalo State Park

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Bend, Oregon is turning into a premiere outdoor town and Tumalo State Park is a great place to set up a tent if you want to be near the city, but still have some great recreational activities just steps away. The campground itself is nestled along the shore of the Deschutes River, which runs through Bend, and has tons of hikes at the doorstep of your tent. Bend is also a quick drive away to end your day with a beer and one of the many microbreweries.

“Only a 10 minute drive from Bend, Tumalo offers a sophisticated camping experience. Heated individual showers, clean bathrooms, and quick access to firewood are a big step up from the usual camping basics. With the Deschutes River running through the park, there are also plenty of outdoor activities available. I had a great time, but make sure to bring warm clothes though–it can get pretty cold!” -Miguel C. The Dyrt Reviewer

3. Cape Lookout State Park

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Secluded beaches are becoming harder and harder to find these days. Camp at Cape Lookout State Park and you’ll virtually have the entire beach to yourself. The only people that meander down to the beach are your fellow campers, making this a quiet spot to get away and relax by the Oregon coast.

“I was thrilled with the privacy of the sites at this campground! There were sites that we quite secluded, but the park still offered loads of activities lead by staff or hiking and beach going. The facilities were clean, warm, and individual. The yurts looked like a unique camping experience as well.” -Sara A. The Dyrt Reviewer

4. Champoeg State Park

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This is a great place for families to come to camp. There are tons of activities nearby like: disc golf, hanging out by the lake, and trails to name a few. Overall this state park is full of history and gives you the chance to sleep in your RV or tent, or rent a cabin or a yurt for a whole new experience.

This is one of the best places to camp, especially with families. Tons of trails, disc golf course, water, biking, local wine tours, & great park activities. -Brett A. The Dyrt Reviewer


Think we missed a spot? Comment and let us know which site you think should be on this list. 

Britany Robinson

Britany Robinson

Britany is the Managing Editor of The Dyrt. She's been a writer ever since she can remember, and her first literary accomplishment was having a poem about a panda published when she was eight. The anthology was definitely a scam to get her parents to buy a bunch of anthologies, but she's still pretty proud of her panda poem. When she's not at her computer, she's (hopefully) outside, hiking or camping with her dog.