For those who love camping, Oregon offers more choice than many other places in the world. With interesting cities, beautiful landscapes and more than its fair share of exciting wilderness to explore, Oregon is the perfect place for a camping holiday. Here are just a few of the many wonderful campsites to choose from in this state:
Cove Creek, Willamette National Forest
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This campsite on the shores of Detroit Lake in the Willamette National Forest is a lovely quiet spot with pleasant pitches resting in the shade of towering trees. At an elevation of 1,600 feet, this campsite is on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountain range, near the edge of one of the most remote wildernesses in the contiguous 48 states. These is plenty of scope for exploring this region on foot, and there is plenty of wildlife, including osprey which nest in trees nearby.
Big Lake Campground
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Sitting on Big Lake, with fantastic views across the lake to incredible Mount Washington, this campground is a good base from which to hike in the Cascade Mountains. It is on the 4800 ft Santiam mountain pass, which traverses the Cascade Range in western Oregon. You can hike in the mountains, swim in the lake, or even try a little jet-skiing. Take advantage of this beautiful natural playground.
Cape Perpetua Campground
This campsite is right on the coast, in the Siuslaw National Forest. This is a tent campers paradise and the perfect place from which to hike around the area. Take in the stunning views from the cape, enjoy the cute little beach at Cape Creek, see the astonishing tide pools and enjoy the shade of serene Sitka spruce trees. This is the perfect stop off if you are planning a road trip on Highway 101 – one of the most beautiful roads in the world.
Natural Bridge Campground
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While all the pitches in this spacious site are roomy, if you can, try to stay on pitch 16, a huge area fronting onto the Rogue River in the Siskiyou National Forest. Pitch your tent in this big space between huge Douglas Fir trees. You will see several historic lava rock cooking stoves from the 1930s dotted around. From here. Walk the scenic Rogue River Trail to get a sense of this beautiful part of the state.
Nehalem Bay State Park
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Around 86 miles west of Portland you will find the breathtaking Nehalem Bay State Park – a four mile long sand spit jutting out between the Pacific ocean and the bay. The picturesque pitches are nestled amongst pines just behind the dunes. A walk across the dunes will lead you to the beautiful beach. Hike, bike or horse ride up and down the trails along the coastline, kayak off the shore or climb to the top of towering Mount Neah-kah-nie.
There are many more campsites, some on the wild coastline, some deep in green forests, some high in the rugged mountains. Where will your Oregon adventures take you?
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