the dyrt
Kelsey L.
Portland, OR
Joined May 2018
Outdoor enthusiast, Birkenstock wearer, astrophotographer. Check out the my cross country road trip at www.temporarynomadguide.com
Beautiful midweek camping

Headed up to Timothy Lake on a weekday afternoon and were rewarded with a water front site with amazing views of Mt. Hood. There was firewood to purchase for $6/bundle and the site cost us $20 for the night. There are a number of trails around the lake including one that is a long loop circling the entire lake.

Pretty but expensive, very crowded

Beautiful sites right on the lake about 30 minutes west of Sioux Falls. Very popular campground, especially on the weekends, so would highly recommend a reservation if you are planning on camping here. There are also cabins available. Stayed on the east loop at a site along the water, which was technically referred to as an electric site (meant for RV's). Had a hard time finding a flat place to put the tent. The sites are very close together. I was not thrilled with the cost of this campground. It was $21 for the site plus a $7 out of state fee, which I paid online. Upon arriving I was told I had to pay an additional entrance fee for the recreation area even though I was only camping, which cost an additional $6/per car ($12 total). All in all it cost me $40 to camp here, which was much more than I would ever want to pay for camping.

Great, easy, inexpensive National Forest campground

Located in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest near Butte, Montana, Delmoe Lake was a beautiful place to camp for a night. The area is popular with OHV’s and you will pass multiple staging areas on the drive up as well as many others camping along the way up to the campground. It’s a ~10 mile drive on a well maintained gravel road that is accessible from I-90 by taking either exit 241 or 233 (we're driving cross country so it was important to find some place that was easy to get to yet far enough away to feel like we were out in nature). There are two camping loops as well as a day use area. Sites cost $5/night plus $3 for any additional vehicles (we had 2 cars so it was $8 for the night). Sites include a picnic table and fire ring, and there was ample firewood left by others for us to use. Pit toilets are also available. We were here in late July and there were a decent amount of mosquitos. Echoing the previous review, there was a fair amount of trash around but it was still a pleasant place to spend the night.

Easy National Forest camping near Ashland, Montana

Free National Forest campground in Custer National Forest. Sites include large picnic table and fire ring. Pit toilets available for use. The campground is right off of 212 about 6 miles east of the town of Ashland. We were just passing through for the night and this offered a quick, convenient place to crash. There is a fair amount of road noise due to the close proximity of the road. Campground is popular on the weekends but we had no problem finding a site.

Ranger Review: OOFOS OOmg shoes at Cedarock Park Campground

Campground Review

As one of the best and biggest parks in my area, I've spent a good bit of time at Cedarock Park. There is SO much to do for any outdoor fan. The park is almost 500 acres in size and offers:

  • 6 miles of hiking trails
  • 6 miles of equestrian trails
  • 2 disc golf courses with a total of 36 holes for play
  • A historical farm restored to the late 1800s time period
  • 2 fishing ponds
  • A picturesque waterfall over an old mill dam
  • Picnic shelters and gazebos
  • A basketball court, volleyball court, and playground
  • Canoe and kayak rentals
  • And of course, camping

Cedarock Park offers a handful of sites along Rock Creek, which runs through the park. The sites are only available via hiking in (though the "hike" is a short quarter mile down a wooded forest path). Each site includes a fire pit and bench with ample space to set up tents. The sites are all super flat, which makes finding some place comfortable to set up a tent that much easier. Sites are $10/night for groups under 10 people in size and cost an additional $1 for each person over 10. Reservations are required (though they do accept walk-ins at the park office). You can reserve a site either by calling the park office or by going online. There is a 3 night limit for camping. Park hours are as follows:

  • November - March: 8am to 6pm
  • April: 8am to 8pm
  • May - August: 8am to 9pm
  • September - October: 8am to 8pm

Product Review

As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to test and review products from time to time. At this campground, I tested OOFOS OOmg low shoes for women.

As someone with perpetually flat feet (due in part to being a swimmer most of my life and in part because I do everything in my Birkenstocks) it's always been hard for me to find a pair of shoes that I not only like but will actually wear. I can say with confidence that OOFOS OOmg shoes will be added to my very small list of shoes I love. Here's a few of the reasons why:

  1. They are unbelievably comfortable. The footbed is made of a super soft foam that greatly reduces the stress on your feet, knees, and back from walking. The mesh material is flexible and breathable, making these so much less constricting than a regular shoe.
  2. They are SUPER light weight while also being incredibly sturdy. I did a few miles of hiking in them and was amazed at how easy it was to move in these shoes.
  3. They are actually really cute on. While this isn't normally a factor for me, I was pleasantly surprised by how cool they looked. They come in multiple colors (I ordered the electric blue) which I really liked (because who doesn't love options?)
  4. They can be worn with or without socks. I wore them without socks and was amazed to have no blisters and pain anywhere after walking a few miles.

Overall I would recommend these shoes in a heartbeat. They're comfortable, breathable, and light weight, making them the perfect pair of shoes for outdoor lovers of any variety.

Hidden gem for a quick outdoor getaway

Cedarock Park, located in Burlington, North Carolina, is a hidden gem for all sorts of outdoor activities. The park offers hike-in camping with a handful of sites scattered along Rock Creek. The sites are well spaced and can accommodate large groups (you only pay $1 for each additional person for groups larger than 10). The park is also home to 6 miles of hiking trails and 6 miles of equestrian trails. There are two fantastic disc golf courses (I personally enjoy the Wellspring course) and even a historical farm that sheds light on what life was like as a farmer in 19th century North Carolina.

Dispersed National Forest camping

Dispersed camping is allowed in the nearby Kaibab National Forest. Some existing sites are present but you can pretty much pull off and camp anywhere (following Leave No Trace principles, of course). Cooler temperatures because of the elevation made this a fantastic place to camp.

Dispersed camping around the area

There is dispersed camping around the area. We found a site that was shaded by trees with no neighbors. There was no fire pit where we were so we did not make a campfire to be on the safe side of regulations in the area. Many forest roads around the area, which seem to be popular with OHV's and mountain bikers.

Site overlooking the water

A number of sites along the banks of the water. Some harder to get to than others if you intend to drive up to them because of mud (may have just rained before we arrived). Pit toilets available.

Free water front site, busy in the summertime

A popular spot for locals meant that it was fairly busy when we passed through. Regardless we were able to find a great water front site a good distance away from anyone else. Close to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.

First to Review
Nice showers, easy to get to

Fine place to stop for an overnight with access to showers and laundry. Small creek runs along the side of the KOA, with some sites along the creek. Right next to a mechanics yard of some sort, though there was little noise. Highly recommend grabbing a bite to eat at Yak Yak's, a local establishment just up the road.

Wake up overlooking the lake

Very busy in the summertime, which sadly meant a good bit of trash left behind and a good bit of noise. Other than that, we had a beautiful site overlooking the water. Some of the roads to get to various sites require high clearance vehicle.

The best place to camp

While somewhat hard to get to (roughly 20 miles on a winding gravel/dirt road following Hungry Horse Reservoir) this was one of my favorite spots to camp during the entirety of my cross country road trip. We had a large flat site to park the car with a short trail down to the water with stunning views. Roughly an hour and a half drive from Glacier National Park (most of which is due to the unpaved Forest Road to get here).

Oasis in Eastern Washington

After visiting nearby Palouse Falls, we found this great free place to camp on BLM land near Escure Ranch in eastern Washington. There are nature trails available as well with wildlife throughout (we saw mainly birds). Pit toilets are available. Large gravel parking area with room for many cars, though we were the only ones there.

Beautiful sites short drive away from Umpqua Hot Springs and Toketee Falls

Great place to camp within close driving distance of Umpqua Hot Springs and Toketee Falls. Popular in summertime, water front sites fill up fast. Beware of mosquitos in summer months.

Free camping with OHV trails nearby

Great sites west of Eureka and Redwood National Park. There are OHV trails nearby so expect some noise throughout the morning and afternoon. Pit toilets are available and fire pits and picnic tables are available at each site.

Beautiful dispersed camping with hot springs a walk away

Free dispersed camping along the road leading into Buckeye Campground. We had a beautiful site overlooking the river, just across from Buckeye Hot Springs. There were others camping in the area but it was very quiet and a wonderful place to stop for the night.

Great place to recharge

A nice KOA close to Petaluma with great facilities. We took advantage of doing some laundry and having a hot shower. This KOA also offered all sorts of amenities for families including a small petting zoo, a pool, playground areas, and more. Sites were fairly close together and offered little privacy but overall it was a great place to recharge and get organized.

Small campground close to city

Small campground with tent sites, RV sites, and cabins. Main building has camp store with a variety of items available for purchase. Nice bathrooms including showers available.

Close to Rocky Mountain National Park but very crowded in summertime

Very close to Rocky Mountain National Park south of Estes Park. Very crowded in the summertime due to its proximity. Sites are somewhat close together and offer little privacy.