With Labor Day this weekend and summer wrapping up, we thought it was the perfect time to introduce you to some of our favorite camping spots! While there are places very near Portland that you can camp, some of the most beautiful ones are just a short drive away. It’s always nice to get out of the city!
A beautiful lake in the Mt. Hood National Forest, here you have access to hiking, biking, fishing, and canoe or kayak rentals.
Silver Falls State Park
This is the largest state park in Oregon and is home to the famous trail of 10 falls. There is hiking, biking, and horseback riding allowed on the 35 miles of trails that run throughout the park.
No list would be complete without the iconic Crater Lake. There are 2 campgrounds and both are only open during the summer. There are various hiking trails around the Caldera and beautiful vistas everywhere.
This shallow lake in the Deschutes National Forest is a great place for hiking, stargazing, and trout fishing. You can see Broken Top and the Sisters from the lake and campground.
Free camping sites in Oregon
Crane Prairie Campground
This lake is great for birdwatching, hiking, fishing, swimming and boating. Because it connects to the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway you can boat between multiple lakes in the area.
Green Mountain campsite
This is great for the camper wanting to get away from it all, accessible only by rough access roads, the hike is worth the views. You can hike among the lava tubes and enjoy the volcanic scenery of the area.
Upper Lake Creek Campground
This campground is great for water activities like swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and warm water fishing. If you want to hike, there are many forest roads that are accessible by foot or horseback.
Cape Arago State Park
This offers some of the best camping on the beach. There are many trails that you can hike to take you to sandy beaches for whale watching or tide pool exploring.
We hope that you enjoy camping! Let us know about your experiences or if we missed your favorite spot.