Spend a Night Under the Stars
If you plan to set up camp in the outdoors near the Oregon Coast, the Tillamook State Forest and L.L. Stub Stewart State Park can be part of that plan. Below are some favorite sites for camping in Oregon, located near Portland.
TENT AND HIKE-IN CAMPING
Browns Camp along the Wilson River Highway (a.k.a. Highway 6) has 29 campsites with drinking water from a hand pump. The day use area has trail access, an unloading ramp, picnic tables and fire pits. This campground is a popular destination for those with motorcycles, ATVs and 4x4s.
Just off the Wilson River Highway, 20 miles west of Forest Grove, is Gales Creek Campground. Open May to October, this rustic campground has 23 campsites, including four walk-in sites, and a day-use picnic area with a trailhead for hiking and mountain biking access, drinking water from a hand pump, picnic tables and fire pits.
Another option is Reehers Camp is a rustic camp located above the Nehalem River, with 6 regular campsites and 10 horse campsites. Reehers also has a day use trailhead and picnic shelter.
Just west of the Tillamook State Forest is L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, which offers a wealth of camping options. Spend the evening in a rustic cabin, overnight in an RV or sleep under the stars at a close-in tent site or hike-in to a primitive camping site. L.L. Stub Stewart State Park also has a designated full-service horse camp area with 16 campsites: Hares Canyon.
No RV? No problem, you can rent an RV for your Tualatin Valley adventure at RV Northwest.
Traveling to the Tualatin Valley via RV? The following is a list of RV Dump Stations for your convenience.
- Texaco (Hwy 99W @ Hwy 217), free with fill-up or $3-5
- Olinger RV (Tualatin Valley Hwy), $5
- Rock Creek Station (3125 SE River Rd., Hillsboro; 503-547-8000), open 24/7
- Durham Station (16580 SW 85th, Tigard; 503-547-8150), open 24/7
- Forest Grove Elks Lodge (2810 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove; 503-375-2440), open 24/7