Spring is on the horizon at our RV park in Salem, making it the perfect time to start planning an RV adventure. Encompassing natural wonders such as golden sand dunes, rocky beaches, towering waterfalls, volcanic vistas, and more, Oregon’s state parks offer exceptional experiences for RV campers. But with nearly 200 to choose from, it can be a bit daunting to choose the right adventure for you. The following are three picturesque state parks in Oregon for RV camping, along with some tips to help you make the most of your experience.
Perfect for history buffs and families, Fort Stevens is a former military installation (it was decommissioned in 1947) as well as part of the Lewis & Clark National Historical Park. It’s located in the town of Warrenton, Oregon, about six miles west of Astoria, at the mouth of the Columbia River. At over 4,000 acres, the park is one of the country’s largest public campgrounds and its home to more activities than we can list here. Main highlights include fishing, beachcombing, 15 miles of multi-use trails, wildlife viewing, kayaking tours, historic fortresses and bunkers, a military history museum, and a 1906 shipwreck.
RV camping is available year-round, and all sites have a fire pit and picnic table. There are 174 full-hookup sites (36 are pull-through) and 302 electrical sites with water. Flush toilets, hot showers, and a RV dump station are available as well. Note: RV spots on the Oregon Coast can book up quickly so be sure to book ahead.
This one’s for the waterfall hike enthusiasts. If you’ve ever wanted to walk behind a 177-foot waterfall before, Silver Falls State Park is the place to do it. Located 20 miles southeast of Salem, it’s home to the Trail of Ten Falls, a nationally recognized 7.2-mile hiking trail that weaves through a dense forested landscape, passing by ten breathtaking waterfalls along the way. Along with hiking, it’s also a popular place to picnic, horseback ride, and camp.
At Silver Falls, there are 48 electrical sites with water, of which 18+ sites are open year-round. Flush toilets and showers. There’s also a horse campground. This state park is very popular, so be sure to book in advance.
For campers who crave a quiet, scenic spot filled with wilderness hikes and outdoor water play, you can’t beat Wallowa Lake State Park in Eastern Oregon. It’s located at the south end of glacial waters of Wallowa Lake and is ringed by the Wallowa Mountains. In the summer, you can rent water crafts such as kayaks and motorboats at Wallowa Lake Marina. Also, not to miss is the nearby artsy mountain hamlet of Joseph, Oregon.
The park is home to 121 full-hookup sites, 36 of which are pull-through. Amenities include a playground, hot showers, flush toilets, and a RV dump station. Several sites are available for reservation year-round, but water is shut off to individual sites from October to May 18. Note: Generators are not allowed in any of the campsites.
Note: RV camping spots can book up quickly, especially in popular parks, so be sure to book ahead. You can book reservations at Oregon State Parks up to six months in advance here.