Perfect High Desert Park

Located just outside of Bend, OR this is the perfect little state park to stay at when visiting the Lava Tubes National Park, Dee Wright Observatory, or the High Desert Museum.

There is a good amount of full hook up spots to accommodate most RV sizes along with several tent sites. All sites have a picnic table and fire pit. Restrooms with showers located in both loops. There is no playground, but they do offer the Junior Ranger Program which kids can participate in. Yurts are available to reserve here. The park hosts were super friendly and keep the campground very well kept. There are campsites alongside the river that offer nice views.

Across the road from the campground there is a very nice day use area that has picnic areas and even a little "makeshift" beach. The water is very shallow and slow moving which made an awesome little spot for water play for the kids. You can also fish alongside the river there too.

There is a waterfall trail that is fairly easy for kiddos and worth the hike as well

While this isn't a very large state park it is a very popular campground during peak season so you will definitely want to get reservations in as early as possible.

This was for sure one of the better kid friendly campgrounds near Bend :)

Nice place to stay on the Oregon Coast

A great little campground settled along the coast near Florence, Oregon.

Get there early as reservations cannot be made and its all first come, first serve! It is extremely busy during peak season, so if your looking for a not so busy campground, this is not it.

Full hook ups available along with restrooms/ showers, fire wood for sale and there is a dump station on site. Picnic table and fire pit at every site. You are along HWY 101, but the trees do provide a little bit of a sound buffer. There is no playground at this campground, however they offer the Junior Ranger Program to occupy kiddos which is great! Trails nearby lead down to the beach and its 2 miles by trail to the Heceta Head Light House.

Overall this is a great family friendly little campground!

Visiting in the off season is a great option if you can't get a spot in peak season as it is open year round.

I would give this one the full 5 stars, but the inability to make reservations for this State Park is a huge con :/

Quiet campground, but watch for Algae

One option when looking for a campground last minute during the summer close to Eugene, Oregon. This one is not usually very busy during peak season in my opinion.

This is a primitive campground so no hook ups for your rv. Bring the generator if your needing a power source during the day.

There are restrooms/ showers on site along with drinking water, a playground, and an rv dump station. Picnic tables and fire pits at each site. Trails are nearby along with a beach/ swimming area at Dorena Lake. Watch for signs of Algae or Swimmers Itch as it has been present the past few years at Dorena Lake.

Overall its a great last minute campground not far from town ( Cottage Grove- Eugene), but doesn't make my list of top 5 if I can make reservations a head of time.

Book this one early!

Located near Eugene, OR, this is one of the few local campgrounds near us.

Open year round and it is usually full year round as well. Reservations are definitely a must for this small campground!

This campground has all the amenities! Full hook up sites, toilets/ showers, laundry, swimming/boat ramp, picnic area, and even a dog park. Wide variety of site sizes and can accommodate most RV sizes. There are also hiking trails nearby.

Close to town so you can easily get forgotten supplies or groceries. Perfect stay for a quick overnight when in town for Ducks games or just getting out of the house!

Definitely recommend checking this one out if your in the area!

Group campground near the caves

Primitive Group campground located just minutes from the Oregon Caves National Monument.

You must call a head and reserve as gates are locked.

The road to this campground is winding and very narrow, RV trailers not advised.

Campground has vault toilets, picnic table, and fire pits/bbq stand. Well water on site. Swimming and hiking nearby.

Quiet place to stay for family get together and trip to the caves.

Cheap place to camp near the caves

At $10 per night, this small campground near the Oregon Caves National Monument in Cave Junction, OR is a great option for tent campers or those with small RVs. This campground is the first one you hit on your way out to the caves.

Located right a long the creek with several campsites creekside. Plenty of hiking trails available as well to keep you busy when not exploring the caves.

Campsites were on the smaller side, but did have picnic tables and fire pits with the grill grates. Toilets also on site.

Overall a nice little primitive campground for a short stay while visiting the caves.

RVs not recommended

Located within 3.5 miles from the Oregon Caves National Monument, this campground is the closest you will get to the Caves. There is a hiking 2.5 mile trail that takes you to them from the campground. Sites right a long the river.

Despite its close location to the Caves, it is extremely hard to take any type of RV there. The road is paved, but Extremely Narrow with limited visibility. So this one is really for tent campers only. Campsites are pretty spacious for multiple tents. All sites are primitive, but there are several water stations near the campsites. Vault toilets in this one.

A good place for tent campers looking to stay near the caves, but no RVs.

Southern Oregon Coast Favorite

This is one of the prettiest State Park campgrounds along Oregons Southern Coast! Just off Hwy 101 and less than a mile north of Brookings, OR.

This campground has many Full hookup sites with plenty of tent sites too. All RV sites are paved with gravel around the picnic table and fire ring. Each loop has its own restrooms and showers which were well kept and very clean. A large playground is located in A loop and is a short walk really from any loop. There is an amphitheater with bench seating that ranger talks are hosted pretty much nightly. We attended one and had a great time watching a moving and learning about the local whales that frequent the coastline there. They offer Junior Ranger activities in a yurt directly across from the amphitheater. Unlike most of the Oregon State Parks we have visited it is only open for an hour 10-11 everyday, but still worth checking out with the kiddos. They do have firewood available to purchase in the campground as well for $5/bundle.

Camping here you are very close to the OR- CA border which makes trips to the Redwood National Park and Crescent City extremely easy. Trails through the Redwoods in Jedediah State Park and Ocean were great for the kiddos when we were not spending time on the beach at the campground.

We really enjoyed our stay here and will definitely be making a return trip!

Great Primitive Spots

This campground is run by the Army Core of Engineers, so if you have the Federal Access Pass enjoy half off your stay :)

Several campsites right along the lake. The playground is nice and right next to the beach. However before getting in the water, look for signs for swimmers itch or blue/green algae :( Restrooms with showers were pretty clean.

The campsites are pretty spacious which is really nice!

Overall a nice place to camp with views if you don't mind not getting into the water.

Off the beaten path

This campground is way out on the road less travel..literally. We made reservations online but once we got to the campground we discovered reservations meant nothing as there was someone in our spot. We did end up being accommodated and were given another site for the night before moving again to a different spot for the remainder of our stay.

This is a primitive campground. So bring your generator if you need it!

There was a nice playground which did surprise us that my kiddos liked. Along with access to a nice swimming hole next to the campground. Be advised getting to it was not easy especially with small kiddos.

You are next to a few waterfall hiking trails, one of which was pretty kid friendly.

Overall this was a cool one time deal for us, if anything go and check out the nearby waterfalls.

Perfect last minute campsite

Wayside campground just outside of Mapleton, OR. We stayed here when we made a last minute trip to Florence, OR and all other campgrounds were full. This is a Primitive campground with no hookups. There is a small restroom in the park, but no showers.

There is no playground, but its located a long a small creek that my kids loved playing in with their sand buckets.

Overall a nice place, when you need a place to stay near the coast.

Close to town

Super close to town so you can even camp on a school night!

Park has hookups, sites are paved, has pull throughs for rvs. The park hosts are very friendly!

Has a small playground area with a swing set. Lake area is nice to spend the day and picnic.

If you go during the 4th of July they have an excellent fireworks show!

Definitely recommend!

Great for an overnight

This is a Primitive campground, No Hook Ups.

Sites are few and are pretty small so if you have a larger rig you might want to pass on this one. There is a group site for get togethers.

The hiking trails can be challenging in parts so beware if you have small kiddos.

This is a fun little place for an overnight however just a day trip to the falls is great!

Perfect Getaway

Rv sites available close to the lodge along the river and up the hill away from the water. Both sites have pools filled by the springs. I definitely recommend the loop on the hill if you have smaller children as the lower loop is right next to the river.

We loved this place for quick overnight getaways during the cooler months which make the hot springs an even neater experience.

Hiking trail to their secret garden was very cool. Overall a nice place to stay!

Camping at the lake

Reservations can be made for this Primitive campground in the Malheur National Forest.

Nice quiet location right on Magone Lake.

This can be tricky when towing a larger trailer as its one lane gravel and very wooded.

Close to John Day National Monuments.

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Hidden State Park

This is a Primitive Campground. No RV Hook Ups. Reservations Cannot be made.

Sites are spacious and pads are gravel. Perfect campground to spend the night in after taking in John Day and heading for Baker City, OR.

There is no playground, but a nice picnic area is available.

Only State Park Near John Day

This is the Only State Park Near John Day!

You CANNOT make reservations for the campsites in this park. Only the Teepees are reservable. However the park hosts here are amazing and allow boondocking in the large park overflow area when no sites are available.

The sites are spacious with hook ups available. There is a restroom and shower located in the center of this small campground. There is no playground, but there is a large day use area adjacent that my kiddos loved to run around in. The John Day River runs along the south side of the campground and there is a nice walking trail.

Be advised the closest store is 8-10miles in the city of John Day. Prices are high and selection is limited, so do come prepared if staying a few days!

If the 3 John Day National Monuments are on your list, I highly recommend this campground for its location, friendly park hosts, and small campground feel!

Nice Spot Near Bandon

One of the nicer campgrounds south of Florence.

We booked this park as its close to a couple of the Oregon coast's Lighthouses and nearby Bandon Safari Park.

The campsites were spacious and grass! A huge plus when camping with kiddos. The park was super quiet even when full which was great.

The kiddos loved the ranger talks and the weekend bike light parade.

If your looking for a relaxed campground along Oregon's southern coast, This Is It!

Our Favorite State Park in Florence

This is our Go To Oregon State Park as we are within an hours drive.

Staff is friendly every visit and the visitor center is great with a lot of fun activities for kids. Don't forget to take advantage of the State Parks Junior Ranger Program and learn some fun facts about the park!

We love this campground and its ease of availability year round.

Highly recommend this park!

A Lot of History Here

Military Family so Fort Stevens was definitely on our list as we travel to Oregons State Parks!

This park is huge compared to most of Oregons State Parks, it is also one of the most popular. So be sure to book months in advance if you plan on visiting during peak season.

The campsites were spacious, the playground was nice and there are many hike/bike trails to explore. The shipwreck on the beach was pretty cool and the Fort/ Military Museum was Amazing!

Located near Seaside with its aquarium and Astoria home of the Goonies, there is plenty to see and do!

The only downside to this park was the Hoards of Mosquitoes we encountered in the campground, so be sure to bring lots of bug spray!