The daily 9:00 to 5:00 routine gets old pretty fast. When Friday hits, you yearn for a weekend retreat with friends or family that doesn’t require weeks of planning, research, and reservations. You just want to get away.
Fortunately, we’ve covered most of that for you. If you live in the Northwest, get your camping gear ready! We’ve compiled the 25 best campgrounds within two hours of Portland, Oregon. While Portland is part of a metropolis, many are surprised to learn it also hosts one of the largest urban wildlife parks in the US. With a variety of campers in mind, we found campgrounds to fit your every style or need. Whether you prefer to stay in a cabin, RV, tent, or even teepee, this list has it all. Not to mention, these Portland area campsites offer a multitude of outdoor activities – from hiking, swimming, and fishing to disc golf, berry picking, and wine tasting.
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MOUNT HOOD / COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
Trillium Lake Campground : Mount Hood, ORLocated alongside Trillium Lake and at the base of Mount Hood, this peaceful retreat offers amazing views of the mountain’s summit. Well-known for its family-friendly atmosphere, Trillium Lake is a great place to swim, boat, and fish. A two-mile hiking and biking trail circles the lake, while other nearby trails provide a little more rugged terrain. The campground provides many tent and RV sites that come with a picnic table and fire pit with a grill rack. We love this site not only for its scenic beauty but also because the tall trees of the Mount Hood National Forest provide shade and privacy between campsites.
Lost Lake Resort & Campground : Hood River, OR
Beacon Rock State Park : Skamania, WAIf you really want to get back to the basics of camping, Beacon Rock State Park is the place for you. With only 26 tent sites and a few spaces for RVs less than 20 feet long, this seasonal campground across the Washington state line is located in the center of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. This site is mostly primitive with only five utility sites throughout the grounds with electricity and water. However, it features equestrian campsites for campers traveling with horses. The Beacon Rock that juts out 840 feet above the river is the park’s main attraction, offering 360-degree views of the gorge.
Eagle Creek Campground : Cascade Locks, ORForty miles east of Portland on the Columbia River Gorge lies Eagle Creek Campground. With only 14 tent sites available for reservation and 3 first come first serve, it is not a very popular spot for summer tourists. However, that doesn’t mean you should stay away! The campsites are positioned on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River and Eagle Creek, with tall trees for plenty of shade. Hike along the Gorge on one of the many Eagle Creek trails and end up at Punchbowl Falls right near the campsite. We love this campground because it’s a peaceful and relaxing weekend getaway for you and significant other or the whole family.
Cascade Locks, OR 97014
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Beaver Campground : Carson, WA
Sunset Falls Campground : Yacolt, WA
NE Sunset Falls Rd
Yacolt, WA 98675
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Tollgate Campground : Rhododendron, ORConveniently located an hour from Portland, Tollgate campground is a popular place to explore the Mount Hood area. The Zigzag River runs parallel to the grounds and provides access to many hiking trails, fishing holes, and scenic picnic spots. Multiple historic sites are scattered throughout Tollgate as well, including points on the well-known Oregon Trail. There are 15 sites for mostly tenting and small RVs up to 16 feet. For campers not interested in doing their own cooking there is a trail that leads to a few diners in the neighboring town. Tollgate Campgrounds tends to fill up quickly, so be sure to get there early!
Rhododendron, OR 97049
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Bear Springs Campground : Maupin, OR
Maupin, OR 97037
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North Arm Campground : Government Camp, ORLocated on the shores of Timothy Lake, this campground offers a variety of water activities including sailing, boating, fishing, and swimming. Anglers love this spot for catching kokanee salmon and a variety of trout. If you’d rather stay on land, there are numerous trails that loop around the lake for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. One of them connects to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail that extends from Canada to Mexico. There are fourteen sites for both tent and RV campers but hookups are not available. Most sites are surrounded by a thick understory that provides shade between you and your camping neighbors.
NF-58, Government Camp, OR 97028
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Clackamas Lake : Rhododendron, OR
Oxbow Regional Park : Gresham, OR
Gales Creek Campground : Gales Creek, OR
Gales Creek, OR 97117
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Columbia River RV Park : Portland, OR
10649 NE 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
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Jantzen Beach RV Park : Portland, ORJust 7 miles from downtown Portland and a perfect getaway for the whole family. While no tent camping is allowed at Jantzen Beach, each RV site comes with free wifi, 20, 30, or 50 amp hookups, and water and sewer connections. It is located on the shores of the Columbia River and has a swimming pool, fitness center, game room, and basketball court to keep everyone busy. If you come for the weekend, we recommend you stop by the Portland Saturday Market, the nation’s largest open-air crafts market, and stroll down rows and rows of handcrafted items and homemade foods.
1503 N Hayden Island Drive, Portland, OR 97217
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L.L. Stub Stewart State Park : Buxton, OR
Buxton, OR 97109
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Cape Lookout State Park : Tillamook, OR
13000 Whiskey Creek Rd
Tillamook, OR 97141
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Cannon Beach RV Resort : Cannon Beach, OREscape to the coast for a weekend to stay at Cannon Beach RV Park. As a full-service and full hookup facility, this resort accommodates any RV camper’s need. We highly recommend this park because it is open all four seasons – not just when it’s warm. In addition to being a few short blocks from the beach, Cannon Beach has countless amenities that make it extra family-friendly. The indoor heated pool and spa, game room, convenience store, and free cable and wifi will keep the kids entertained for hours. The Lodge clubhouse is also a great place to meet other travelers and hear about their time on the road.
340 Elk Creek Rd
Cannon Beach, OR 97110
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Coyote Rock RV Resort & Marina : Lincoln City, OR
1676 Siletz River Highway Lincoln City, OR 97367
Tree House: $46.20
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Reeder Beach Resort : Portland, ORJust 30 minutes north of Portland, Reeder Beach Resort is located on Sauvie Island and overlooks the Columbia River. Who doesn’t want to say they went to an island over the weekend? This park is only a few miles from warm water fishing, sandy beaches (one where clothing is optional), and numerous wildlife viewing areas. Sauvie Island is home to many small farmers’ markets where guests can choose from an assortment of locally-grown fruits and veggies. Between swimming, hiking, fishing, kayaking, and kiteboarding, there something fun for everyone in the family. Reeder Beach is for RVs only and has full 30amp hookup sites.
26048 NW Reeder Rd. Portland, OR 97231
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Fort Stevens State Park : Hammond, ORThis is one of the more unique campgrounds on our list. Right at the mouth of the Columbia River, Fort Stevens State Park lies on the Northern Coast. This area was once a primary military fort and much of the history still remains today. The park offers a tour of different parts of the fort and a historic shipwreck site, in addition to the traditional swimming, hiking, fishing, and canoeing activities. Fort Stevens accommodates all campers, whether you prefer to stay in a tent, RV, yurt, or cabin. This site is relatively large, too, with more than 500 sites, so it is easy to find the perfect spot.
100 Peter Iredale Rd
Hammond, OR 97121
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Camp Dakota RV Park : Scotts Mills, OR
Champoeg State Heritage Area : St. Paul, OR
St. Paul, OR 97137
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Silver Falls State Park : Sublimity, ORNestled in the Cascade Mountains, Silver Falls State Park is one of the largest and most popular state parks in Oregon with more than 9,200 acres of land. Not only can you hike, bike, or horseback ride across 25 miles of trails, but you also pass ten different waterfalls along the way. If you need a way to cool off, you can actually walk behind four of the falls and feel the mist. Silver Falls has tent sites, RV hookup sites, cabins, and even a dorm-style bunkhouse for those traveling with a large group. Not far from the grounds are a number of tasty restaurants for some post-hike grub.
Silver Falls Hwy SE, Sublimity, OR 97385
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Albany/Corvallis KOA : Albany, OR
33775 Oakville Road South
Albany, OR 97321
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Milo McIver State Park : Estacada, ORA hidden gem that is an awesome spot for bird watching. Waterfowl, American Dipper, osprey, bald eagles, four species of woodpeckers, and many more birds all reside in Milo McIver State Park. It is only 45 minutes from Portland and is situated on the Clackamas River. Fishing, boating, hiking, and disc golf are only a few of the many recreational activities offered here. There are sites for tents and RVs with 44 electrical sites with water. Hot showers and flush toilets are also available to keep you feeling clean. Milo McIver State Park has three group tent sites that make it great for exploring with friends or family.
Estacada, OR 97023
Single tent: $18
Group tent: $75+
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Raab Campground : Estacada, OR
Estacada, OR 97023
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