Looking for a getaway with your little ones where the adventure is built right in? Trade in your hotel stay for a cozy retreat with a view that can’t be beat. From rustic furnishings with a comfy place to sleep to the deluxe version that includes kitchen, bathroom and shower, we’ve got an outdoor destination for you that puts a bit of comfort back into your summer camping.
Photo: Stacy Coplin
On the Coast
Beverly Beach State Park
Adventure down the secret passage walkway under the highway that travels from the campground and opens onto a picturesque expanse of beach– view of lighthouse included. Whether you are there for sculpting sand castles, hunting fossils, or kite flying, you won’t be disappointed. On top of all that, the campground has a playground, creek access, and a wind-sheltered picnic area.
Camper’s Tip: Be sure to check out Devil’s Punchbowl nearby, a great spot for whale watching and tide pool exploring, in addition to catching a glimpse of the punchbowl in action.
Location: US Hwy 101, 7 miles North of Newport
Address: Beverly Beach State Park, Newport
Yurts: 21 ($44-$54/night)
Cape Lookout State Park
There’s a bucketful of adventure waiting on the beach at this campground. A great place for beach-combing and rock exploring, your kiddos won’t be short on discoveries. There are over eight miles of hiking trails for exploring the old-growth forest, and from the end of the cape there’s a chance you might spot a whale.
Camper’s Tip: Look up to soak in the colorful wings of the paragliders and hang gliders that frequent this beach.
Location: Off US Hwy 101, 12 miles Southwest of Tillamook
Address: 13000 Whiskey Creek Rd., Tillamook, Or 97141
Deluxe Cabins: 6 ($88-$98/night)
Yurts: 13 ($44-$54/night)
Photo: Stacy Coplin
Fort Stevens State Park
Steeped in history, Fort Stevens brings new meaning to an educational vacation. After retracing the steps of our military past, you can enjoy everything else this park has to offer. Whether swimming in a freshwater lake, or cruising along miles of hiking and biking trails, big memories are guaranteed.
Camper’s Tip: For an adventure within an adventure, take your first mates to the beach and pretend to be pirates near the old shipwreck and hunt for treasures in the sand.
Location: Off US Hwy 101, 10 miles West of Astoria
Address: Fort Stevens State Park, Hammond
Deluxe Cabins: 11 ($89-$99/night)
Yurts: 15 ($45-$55/night)
Nehalem Bay State Park
If the mesmerizing sunsets and excellent wildlife sighting opportunities weren’t enough, this park features an airstrip that offers fly-in camping to thrill even the youngest aviator.
Camper’s Tip: Grab your buckets and comb the beach for treasures like agates, shells, and sometimes glass floats.
Location: Off US Hwy 101, 3 miles South of Manzanita Junction
Address: 9500 Sandpiper Ln., Nehalem
Yurts: 18 ($44-$54/night)
Photo: Stacy Coplin
For a more rustic experience, check out the yurts at Crescent Lake Campground. There are several other lakes nearby to discover, and if you’re still itching for the comfort of a resort feel, just across the dam is Crescent Lake Resort. They have a host of supplies and equipment available, and a nearby restaurant open on weekends if you don’t feel like cooking
Camper’s Tip: Hitch up your boat and bring it for some great lake fishing.
Location: US Hwy 58, 18 miles East of Crescent
Address: 23250 Crescent Lake Hwy, Crescent, Or 97733
Cabins: 21 deluxe at the resort ($10-$250/night)
Yurts: 3 ($30-$40/night)
LaPine State Park
In the winter LaPine is like camping in the perfect Christmas card, with snow-covered pine trees and some of the best ski spots in the area. In the summer, it’s a forest of rich-smelling pine trees where hiking trails, wilderness, and high-mountain lakes greet you at every turn. Here you can also meet “Big Red”, Oregon’s largest ponderosa pine.
Camper’s Tip: Bring your binoculars and try to catch sight of eagles and red-tailed hawks grabbing a meal in a nearby tree.
Location: Off US Hwy 97, 15 miles Southwest of Madras
Address: 15800 State Recreation Rd., La Pine, Or 97739
Cabins: 10 ($44-$54/night for rustic, $86-$96/night for deluxe)
Photo: Jack Creek by Stacy Coplin
Lake Creek Lodge
One of the most peaceful spots in the sublime Metolius River Basin, this lodge is a haven of outdoor charm that comes fully loaded with all you could hope for in a camping retreat. With upscale cabins, a seasonally heated pool, play area, rec room, and even dining options, you get the best of both worlds with this one. P.S. moms and dads, they have an espresso cafe that’s open daily.
Camper’s Tip: Make the short trip to explore Jack Creek, a shallow and cold waterway with magical scenery, lots of fallen logs across the creek with new growth, and plenty of lupine in bloom in early summer.
Location: Off Hwy 20, 14 miles Northwest of Sisters
Address: 13375 NF-1419, Camp Sherman
Super Deluxe Cabins: 20 ($170-$355/night)
Tumalo State Park
From golfing to fishing, hiking to biking, skiing to snowboarding, rafting to floating the river, any manner of outdoor recreation awaits you here. Or just go for the quiet and the chance to see trout hunt for bugs, deer feeding, and hear a coyote’s call, all in a single sunset.
Camper’s Tip: This campground is the perfect blend of being in the thick of nature, while still being close enough for a run to town to restock on marshmallows.
Location: Off US Hwy 20, 5 miles Northwest of Bend
Address: 64120 O. B. Riley Rd.
Yurts: 7 ($44-$54/night)
Photo: Stacy Coplin
Champoeg State Heritage Area
If you want to kick it up a notch, pioneer style, then Champoeg is the place to be. The wetlands, forest, and fields along give the feeling of days gone by. On top of that there is a visitors center, two pioneer museums, and a pioneer garden.
Camper’s Tip: They just opened a new nature playground at Champoeg, so be sure to take your little climbers for some playtime.
Location: Off US Hwy 99W, 7 miles East of Newberg
Address: 7679 Champoeg Rd. NE, St. Paul
Rustic Cabins: 6 ($40-$50/night)
Yurts: 6 ($40-$50/night)
L.L. Stub Stewart State Park
One of the closest to Portland, this may become your new favorite spot for a quick overnight campout. With 25 miles of hiking trails intersecting across hills, forests, streams, and fields with wildflowers, you’ll want to keep coming back until you’ve covered every inch. The trails are great for little feet, and they will have a blast hunting for birds and lizards and wooly bear caterpillars, among other pint-sized creatures. The park also features mountain biking trails, an 18-hole disc golf course, and Discovery Depot, where kids and families can become nature experts.
Camper’s Tip: If you can’t see them from your cabin porch, save one night to head over to the Hilltop Day Use Area for a view of the stars that will take your breath away.
Location: Hwy 47, 10 miles Northwest of Banks
Address: L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, Buxton
Rustic Cabins: 13 ($44/night)
Photo: L.L. Stub Steward State Park by Stacy Coplin
Sliver Falls State Park
The ultimate park for natural beauty, Silver Falls boast some of the most stunning hiking trails in the state. The prize trail is the Trail of Ten Falls, which includes a waterfall you can actually walk behind! Many of the trails intersect, so they are a great option to choose your own adventure with younger hikers. There are also biking and horseback riding options, as well as an expansive day use area that includes a playground, horseshoe pits, off-leash dog area, and a creek among other fun features.
Camper’s Tip: Pets are not allowed on the Trail of Ten Falls for everyone’s safety.
Location: Hwy 214, 26 miles East of Salem
Address: 20024 Silver Falls Hwy SE, Sublimity
Rustic Cabins: 14 ($40-$50/night)
Where are your favorite spots for a weekend of comfort camping? Tell us below!
— Stacy Coplin