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The 10 Best Campgrounds Within an Hour of Portland, Mapped

  |  Neighborhood Insight, Portland, Southwest Washington

A major draw for Portland living is the city’s proximity to outdoor recreation, whether you prefer hiking, biking, swimming or kayaking. And one of the best ways to experience any of the above is by camping amidst the great outdoors. 

Thankfully, there are a plethora of campgrounds near Portland. In fact, some of the best campgrounds in the Pacific Northwest are situated less than an hour from the cityEach contains plenty of sites to choose from, jaw-dropping views and scenery, a number of wonderful amenities (like hot showers!), and access to endless outdoor adventure, like swimming and hiking. 

Use our guide (complete with an interactive map!) to track down a campground in the Portland area for your next weekend adventure. This kind of proximity means you can leave the office by 5 and pitch your tent by 6! 

 

Paradise Point State Park Campground | Ridgefield, Washington 

Distance From Portland: About 30 Minutes 

Price: $12+/Night (See Fees Here) 

Available Sites: 49 

Situated directly alongside I-5 about 15 minutes north of Vancouver, Paradise Point State Park is a conveniently located year-round campground with a variety of camping options. Plus, it offers direct access to the east fork of the Lewis River, which has a swimming hole under the freeway. There is also a 9-hole disc golf course at this 101-acre park! Paradise Point State Park has 49 car and tent sites, plus 18 full hook-up RV sites, nine walk-in sites, and two yurts, which have bunk beds, heating, lights and an electrical outlet. 

 

Champoeg State Heritage Area | St. Paul, Oregon 

Distance From Portland: About 30 Minutes 

Price: $19+/Night 

Available Sites: 113 

History lovers and nature enthusiasts alike will love pitching their tent at Champoeg State Park, an historic park on land that was once the location of a former town called Champoeg, the site of the first provisional government of the Oregon Country. Today, the park has an 18-hole disc golf course and access to the Willamette River, where you can go fishing and kayaking. Plus, the park is home to a number of historic sites, including the Manson Barn and Farmstead, the Pioneer Memorial Building, and the Champoeg Visitor Center. Enjoy year-round camping at Champoeg State Park, in the campground, yurts, cabins, or the group RV area. 

Pro Tip: Set yourself apart as a true local by pronouncing Champoeg as “sham-poo-ee!” 

 

Oxbow Regional Park | Gresham, Oregon 

Distance From Portland: About 35 Minutes 

Price: $22/Night 

Available Sites: 74 

Situated just outside the city limits in the eastern side of Gresham, Oxbow Regional Park is a 1,000-acre park with a variety of access points to the Sandy River, which winds throughout the park. Explore 12 miles of hiking trails or cast your line in the river, or simply watch the salmon spawn or enjoy relaxing under the dense old-growth forest. Oxbow has a total of 74 campsites, most of which cater to tent camping, with a handful suitable for small RVs. Before you book your stay, keep in mind that the park does not allow alcohol or pets on site! 

 

L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park | Buxton, Oregon 

Distance From Portland: About 35 Minutes 

Price: $11+/Night 

Available Sites: 149 

One of the newest campgrounds in the state’s park system, L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park, is situated in the northwest corner of Oregon, just over 30 minutes from Portland. Campers can experience a wide range of activities during their stay, including hiking along well-maintained trails, disc golfing on the 18-hole course, mountain biking on the professionally designed course, or horseback riding at Hares Canyon Horse Camp. The park has four camping areas with a variety of sites, including tent sites, horse sites, cabins, and more. L.L. Stub also has 23 “hike-in” sites that provide a more primitive camping experience out in nature. All overnight visitors have access to both hot showers and flushing toilets! 

 

Barton Park | Boring, Oregon 

Distance From Portland: About 35 Minutes 

Price: $26+/Night 

Available Sites: 112 

Reservations Required 

Boring, Oregon is anything but boring — especially with Barton Park in its midst. This popular park along the Clackamas River has a total of 112 campsites, most of which have water and electric hookups, plus a few primitive sites. Barton Park offers a variety of outdoor activities, including fishing, non-motorized boating, floating, swimming, hiking, and more. There are hot showers available for all registered guests! 

 

Ainsworth State Park | Cascade Locks, Oregon 

Distance From Portland: About 35 Minutes 

Price: $17+/Night 

Available Sites: 40 

Waterfall chasers, look no further! Ainsworth State Park is situated along the Columbia River Gorge, amongst one of the highest concentrations of waterfalls in the world, including Multnomah Falls, Munra Falls, Wahkeena Falls, Horsetail Falls, and more. The park has a total of 40 sites, which accommodate either tents or RVs, plus six walk-in sites and one dedicated hiker/biker site. There are also two running water restroom facilities with hot showers! 

 

Battle Ground Lake State Park | Lewisville, Washington 

Distance From Portland: About 40 Minutes 

Price: $12+/Night (See Fees Here) 

Available Sites: 58 

Situated about 20 miles northeast of Vancouver, Battle Ground Lake State Park is a forested camping park surrounding the volcanic and scenic Battle Ground Lake. The 280-acre park has plenty to do, including hiking, biking, horseback riding, and of course, swimming and boating in the lake. The campground contains 35 standard sites, all with picnic tables and fire pits, plus six partial-hookup sites, 15 primitive walk-in sites, two primitive equestrian sites, four cabins, and more. There are two restrooms with showers on the premises! 

 

Milo McIver State Park | Estacada, Oregon 

Distance From Portland: About 40 Minutes 

Price: $18+/Night 

Available Sites: 65 

Nestled along the Clackamas River just east of Clackamas, Milo McIver State Park is an excellent camping destination — and a pleasant place to be, in general. The park has a 27-hole disc golf course considered to be the crown jewel of disc golf courses in Oregon. Campers also enjoy fishing for steelhead and chinook salmon at the park’s hatchery. Plus, Estacada Lake is within walking distance from the campground! Milo McIver has 44 electrical sites with water, nine tent sites with water nearby, three group tent sites with water, flush toilets and fire rings, and three hiker/biker camp sites. 

 

Beacon Rock State Park | Stevenson, Washington 

Distance From Portland: About 45 Minutes 

Price: $12+/Night (See Fees Here) 

Available Sites: 28 

What once served as a campground for Lewis and Clark as they made their way towards the ocean is now a popular camping destination for Pacific Northwesterners. This massive 5,100-acre state park is home to the renowned Beacon Rock, a 848-foot basalt column overlooking the Columbia River. Climbing the mile-long trail up this mammoth rock offers hikers panoramic views of the Gorge and surrounding scenery. The park contains 28 standard campsites, suited more for tents than RVs, due to the thick forest setting and smaller sites. 

 

Promontory Park | Estacada, Oregon 

Distance From Portland: About 50 Minutes 

Price: $24+/Night 

Available Sites: 40 

Situated near the North Fork Reservoir and Clackamas River, Promontory Park is a family-friendly campground with plenty to do for all agesThe park contains Small Fry Lake, a fishing lake developed specifically for kids, plus a store with all the camping essentials, including firewood, ice cream and s’mores kits. In addition to the park’s 40 standard sites, there is a small collection of cabins and “yomes,” which are canvas structures that are part yurt, part dome. 

 

Where Will You Pitch Your Tent Next? 

Tell us all about your favorite campground in the Portland area — whether or not they made it on this list! 

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