No matter what your favorite outdoor activity is, you're sure to have a great time in these wonderful campgrounds in Oregon.
Best Campgrounds in Oregon | Camping in the Beaver State
1. Dorena Lake – Cottage Grove
Dorena Lake is a great destination for family gatherings such as reunions and weddings. Have fun sightseeing and enjoy the numerous outdoor activities like water skiing, boating, hiking, biking and more. You can't get enough of what Dorena Lake brings to your camping trip.
2. Cascadia State Park – Detroit
The tranquility of Cascadia State Park is one of the first things you'll notice at first. There are more than a dozen campsites to choose from its large area filled with beautiful sights. The first of May until late September is when the East campgrounds are open for picnics, while the West spot is great for the entire year.
3. Oxbow Regional Park – Troutdale
Oxbow's forests have 15 miles of trails. You can put up camp and start a fire in the cold forest night. Wildlife is also abundant in this place with black bears, foxes, deer, cougars, and elks. Salmons also make their way back to their breeding grounds in the fall.
4. Cape Lookout State Park – Tillamook
Cape Lookout is a famous camping area that gives a fantastic view of the ocean. The state park is known for beachcombing and has miles of walking and hiking trails that pass through the forest. Enjoy the trail and look for the bench at the end. If you're lucky, a whale might show up in the ocean!
5. Cape Perpetua – Yachats
A couple of weeks after the first discovery of the Hawaiian Islands, Captain James Cook set sail with his two ships across the Pacific Ocean. Nine days later, in the midst of a strong storm, a tall mountain on the Oregon coast was sighted and named Cape Perpetua. Exploring the place tells a lot of its history. It has wonderful trails and Oregon coast camping.
6. Harris Beach State Park – Brookings
Scottish founder George Harris came here in the 1880's where the place got its name. Harris Beach is in the biggest island off the coast of Oregon. The tufted puffin which is a rare bird species breed in its National Wildlife Sanctuary in Bird Island. A wide variety of wildlife is also found in the park on its sandy beaches. Beautiful tide pools also form in the beaches.
7. Cove Creek – Mill City
At an elevation of 1,600 feet, the Cove Creek Campground rests on the shores of Detroit Lake. The secluded atmosphere has campgrounds with tall trees. Ospreys hover above the trees which visitors can enjoy watching. Its lush vegetation is a haven for nature goers and those who are searching for great picnic spots.
8. Paradise in Oregon – Blue River
This place is not called Paradise Campground for anything. The banks of the McKenzie River provide a sub-tropical vibe with Douglas fir and western red cedar. Kayaking and whitewater rafting is a popular activity in the area as well as steelhead fishing.
9. Valley of the Rogue State Park – Rogue River
Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley has a pleasant green oasis that awaits you. There are three miles of shoreline on the Rogue River that's great for overnight camping and morning picnics. Camping groups can also use the meeting hall. The river's edge has a cool and relaxing trail that stretches more than a mile.
10. Big Lake – Coburg
Campers will definitely enjoy the lake view with the spectacular Mt. Washington being a backdrop. This Oregon campground lies along a 4,800-foot mountain pass — Santiam Pass. This goes through the Cascade Range in Western Oregon.
Get an overview of Cape Lookout State Park in this video by Oregon State Parks:
Oregon is widely considered one of the most beautiful states in the U.S. and is a popular tourist destination. Folks travel from far and wide to visit Oregon and enjoy its diverse landscape of mountains, forests, and beaches. Hiking, fishing, and even whale watching are among the popular pastimes of locals and tourists alike. Don't forget to pay these places a visit when you're in beautiful Oregon.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on July 12, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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