Camping Near Portland, Oregon
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Due to COVID-19, many Oregon campsites are closed, though some parks have reopened with limited resources. More information is available online: Oregon State Parks, Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Maybe your version of “out there” ends with s’mores around the campfire. Or you might gravitate towards a terrific Pinot and a comfy chair. Tualatin Valley is minutes from Portland, with easy access to the great outdoors, and plenty of choices for how to spend time off the trail.
If you plan to set up camp in the outdoors near the Oregon Coast, the Tillamook State Forest, L.L. Stub Stewart State Park and urban RV parks can be part of that plan. Below are some favorite sites for camping in Oregon, located near Portland.
TENT, CABIN AND HIKE-IN CAMPING
A portion of the Tillamook Forest is located in the Tualatin Valley, and there are a few camping options if you want to sleep under the starts.
Browns Camp, located along the Wilson River Highway (a.k.a. Highway 6) and with access to trails, is a popular destination for those with motorcycles, ATVs and 4x4s. (Closed due to COVID-19)
Just off the Wilson River Highway, 20 miles west of Forest Grove, is Gales Creek Campground. Open May to October, this rustic campground has is perfect for those who like to fish. (Camping closed due to COVID-19; day use open)
Another option is Reehers Camp is a rustic camp located above the Nehalem River, with 6 regular campsites and 10 horse campsites. (Camping and day use area closed due to COVID-19; trailhead open)
L.L. Stub Stewart State Park offers a wealth of camping options, including drive-up and hike-in campsites, rustic cabins, and an RV park. L.L. Stub Stewart State Park also has a designated full-service horse camp area with 16 campsites: Hares Canyon. (NOTE: Portions of L.L. Stub Stewart State Park are closed due to COVID-19)
RV CAMPING & PARKS
No RV? No problem, you can rent an RV for your Tualatin Valley adventure at RV Northwest.
Traveling to 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
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.
Just east 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.
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.
L.L. Stub Stewart State Park has designated RV Camping spots, complete with full hook-ups. The park also has a designated full-service horse camp area with 16 campsites at Hares Canyon.
Located along the Tualatin River, Roamers Rest RV Park is a 93-site RV park with full-service hook-up, cable TV and wireless Internet access. NOTE: Roamers Rest is closed for construction until March 2019.
Pheasant Ridge RV Resort is conveniently located near shopping, entertainment and restaurants. Propane, cable TV, and an indoor pool and spa are just a few of the amenities available to guests.