Gabrielle S.
Portland, OR
Joined July 2018
Family friendly with close beach access

We camped here while searching for a close beach campground. We definitely found that, but it was noisy, and very popular. A definite plus for some and a minus for others. We probably didn't do enough research on our site location, as we were close enough to the playground that our childless group suddenly sounded like it was surrounded by children. It is definitely a popular place, especially for those with sand vehicles as the dunes are nearby.

Plenty of amenities, definite close beach access! Makes for a great chance to catch the sunset over the water. Interestingly enough, the beach was not super crowded.

Buggy but secluded and super close to Portland

This hike in site is great for those who are looking to get away from the RVs and large groups of family campers that are in the other areas of LL Stub Stewart. The bit of a hike in deters most people, but is totally doable. There are also small carts for gear available, as long as they are not all in use. The path is not paved, but is not bad at all. Worth the hike in for the seclusion!

Each site has a picnic table, and the forested area means that you don't feel like you are right on top of one another. We were able to fit two tents in our site, although it was a little bit of a squeeze. The communal fire area gives you a great experience to meet fellow campers, and is large enough that multiple groups can cook at once, as long as you aren't a fire hog! The bugs can get pretty bad, however, so bug spray is a must.

We had to walk the loop twice to find our perfect spot, but we also went during a meteor shower weekend and were lucky to find an empty site at all! LL Stub Stewart is full of great hiking and biking trails, and has a hilltop area that overlooks the park. There is even a small "dog park" area, along with a picnic shelter. Great for finding orchids in the spring, as well as rough skin newts.

Great bivouac site with access to outstanding climbing

Smith Rock always surprises me- here you are, driving through the farmlands of Central Oregon and BAM. There is Smith, rising out of the ground. Although there are no actual "sites", the area for tents is peppered with naturally formed sites amongst trees. You may need to search a little for some space, but I've always found a secluded spot for a tent or hammock. You may just have to move a few rocks out of the way. Parking can occasionally be a struggle if you get there late at night, but that just means a little bit more of a hike in.

There are no fires allowed, and all cooking is done in a communal area. Although this takes away from the "camping" experience of no s'mores, there is something to be said for joining fellow adventurers at meal times. There are plenty of picnic tables, and it's great to see what other people's set ups look like! There is a bathroom near the communal area, as well as a dish washing sink outside of the bathrooms. There is even an area at the bathroom to charge phones and other electronics. Showers are available.

The bivy sites are a short walk away to two different ways to get down into Smith Rock proper. You'll want to get an early start if you have specific routes in mind, especially on weekends or holidays. There is a drinking fountain at the bottom of the hill down to the climbing routes, right before crossing the river into a great network of trails.

Forested sites with a plethora of trails and dynamic geological formations

This campground is GOLD! Definitely a popular place, but we managed to snag an amazing site next to a babbling creek, tucked down in trees and secluded from everyone else. There are a few restrooms with drinking fountains, and picnic tables/fire pits at each site.

The campground is full of hiking trails, including some that take you up to great views (also drivable, but half the fun is the hike!). There is a quarter mile trail that takes you to the Visitor Center that overlooks the ocean. Plenty of people were there watching for whales, but we unfortunately didn't see any. From the Visitor Center, there are several different trails to various geological formations such as Thor's Well, Devil's Churn, and Spouting Horn. It really shows the best of the Oregon coast.

The campground is within driving distance to other cool beaches and some amazing tide pools. It is also close to the adorable town of Yachats, which has everything the hungry camper could want. I highly recommend stopping at Yachats Brewing + Farmstore for a cold beer after a day of hiking.

Remote campground with amazing views

Spent two nights in this great isolated spot- the first night we were the only ones there! The second night we were joined by several people who had car tents but we never felt like we were on top of one another. Wonderful flat area at the top of a hill that boast amazing views of the valley- gave us one of the best sunsets and moon rises that we have ever seen! There is a central pit toilet for all of the sites to share.

There is a fire tower a short distance away from the sites that you can walk up to the base of and hike around. Sites are also close drive to "Crack-in-the-Ground", which is a fascinating lava formation that makes for a good spot to hike around for half a day.

The road up to the site is washboard, so be prepared for a bumpy drive. There is a small store at Christmas Valley before the turnoff that has the essentials, including an emergency eyeglass repair kit when my husband was head butted by the dog. Oops!

Peaceful hike, comfortable campground, lovely spot!

The drive up to the campground looks like you are heading to a dairy farm, and lets just say those cows have the best ocean view of any other cows out there. This peaceful spot has a great hiking trail that takes you right to the ocean. There is a camp host on site, and the sites are evenly dispersed so you don't feel like you are on top of one another. The site we were in was tucked away, and we didn't feel disturbed at all! Best part, dogs allowed.

There is a flat marsh-area near the campground, which the tide comes far in at. So much so that there were people kayaking in it.

Not the traditional beach campsite, but absolutely gorgeous nevertheless.