Pick a Site and Pitch a Tent – Camping in Oregon
Camping in Oregon is a feast for the senses. There’s the smoky smell of campfire, the sweet taste of sticky marshmallow S’mores, the sound of chirping birds and babbling creeks, the sight of green trees and colorful wildflowers, and the feeling of your cozy sleeping bag at the end of a glorious day spent in the outdoors.
In Oregon, there are more than 50 state parks with campgrounds located in the most scenic parts of the state. In addition, there are some 300 more campgrounds in Oregon, which only toughens the ever-important decision of where to pitch your tent.
Camping Spotlight: The Coast
This summer, take the family to the Oregon coast for a weekend of bonding over campfires and clamming. From Astoria to Brookings, there are more than a dozen Oregon State Parks with campgrounds to choose from, whether you want to pitch a tent or hook up the RV. And while you’re here, why not try your hand at clamming or crabbing?
At Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park at the central coast you can rent a paddleboat or canoe to explore the freshwater lakes, climb towering sand dunes (this is, after all, part of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area) and tell ghost stories and roast hot dogs over a campfire. The roar of the Pacific is just two miles to the west, where you can fly kites, hunt for seashells, and dip your toes in the ocean.
If you prefer a dwelling made of wood and canvas, the coast has that, too. Umpqua Lighthouse State Park near Reedsport has eight yurts to choose from, some are deluxe with bunk beds and bathrooms with showers, while others are more rustic. Farther south, Cape Blanco State Park has yurts, cabins and tepees for rent.
Both at the coast and beyond, Oregon has many camping options. Please remember to call ahead for reservations as spots fill up fast come summer, and not all campgrounds are first-come, first-served.
For more information on camping in Oregon, visit www.oregonstateparks.org