Oregon spoils you for choice when it comes to landscapes – sandy beaches, pristine lakes, lush forests, rugged mountains– you have them all! If you are looking for a timeout from the stress of daily life, Oregon state parks – 197 of them! – can offer you a wealth of experiences. Whether you are a devotee of RV camping, swear by tenting as the ultimate camping experience or seek the best of both worlds with a bit of glamping, there is something for everyone! If camping in Oregon is on your agenda right now, here are 5 of the best to get you started.
Jessie M Honeyman Memorial State Park
The second largest of Oregon’s state park campgrounds, Honeyman is halfway up the Oregon coast, three miles south of the city of Florence. It offers more than 350 campsites including 47 full hook-up sites, 121 electrical sites with water and several tent sites, yurts, hiker/biker camps and RV stations. The park has several hiking trails and two freshwater lakes that are great for swimming and boating. The major attractions are the sand dunes between the Ocean and the park.
Cape Blanco State Park
Enjoy a trek to Cape Blanco Light House, Oregon’s westernmost point as you camp out at Cape Blanco State Park. While most of the electrical sites, horse sites, and hiker/biker camps are offered on a first come, first serve basis, there are also 4 reservable cabins within the park. Enjoy miles of walking on the beach in the sunset and also pop into the historic Hughes House, home to the original ranch owners who lived at the park for 111 years.
Silver Falls State Park
This �crown jewel’ of the Oregon state parks system offers you the spectacle of 10 glorious waterfalls, ranging from the 27-foot Drake Falls to the 177-foot South Falls. The park houses 25 miles of hiking, horse riding, and biking trails. Look for forested canyons and mossy caverns behind the curtains of water. This is a great camping destination for families. Located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and close to Oregon’s capital of Salem, the park is open for camping all year round.
Carl G Washburne Memorial State Park
If you picture yourself camping in spacious tents, lulled to sleep by the sound of the surf and waking up to lush green coastal forests, this is the campsite for you. Located on the east side of Highway 101, there are trails offering different levels of difficulty and leading you to the beach, wildlife viewing areas and second-growth forests. Watch out for elk and wild rhododendrons as you surrender yourself to the calm and beauty of a pristine paradise.
Humbug Mountain State Park
At an elevation of 1756 ft, camping out in the Humbug National Park accords you the experience of being surrounded by thickly forested hills. The park also enjoys some of the warmest weather in Oregon, being shielded by the hills from the cool ocean breezes. With windsurfing, scuba diving and hiking to the top of the mountain, there are also plenty of activities to engage in. Enjoy the short walk to the beach and the 3-mile trek to the summit.
Most of the campsites work on a first come first serve basis and offer facilities like electricity and hot showers.