9 Top-Rated Campgrounds near Hood River, Oregon
Author Lana Law explored the sites of Hood River while enjoying the comforts of the local campgrounds.
Hood River's fabulous location along the Columbia River and close proximity to Mount Hood National Forest makes it a great area for camping, with a diverse range of options. Kiteboarders and windsurfers can find convenient campgrounds along the river, while hikers and those looking for mountain escapes can base themselves at campgrounds near Mount Hood.
If you are here to enjoy the waterfalls and other attractions in the vicinity, the campgrounds and RV parks in the Hood River area, particularly along the gorge off the Historic Columbia River Highway, are your best options.
Campgrounds in Mount Hood National Forest offer peaceful, quiet retreats but provide few amenities and are quite a distance from the highlights of the Columbia River Gorge. By contrast, most campgrounds along the gorge offer a full-range of amenities and are convenient for sightseeing, but they are generally close to the highway or train tracks and can be noisy.
Most campgrounds are closed in winter, with the majority opening in March and closing in October.
1. Wyeth Campground
This small campground, featuring 13 regular sites and three group sites, offers a peaceful retreat in a woodsy setting along the Columbia River Gorge. Mature deciduous and pine trees, along with and ample ground cover offer plenty of privacy and shade. Although sites are fairly level the areas surrounding the sites are hilly and scenic.
Located just 15 minutes west of Hood River, Wyeth Campground is incredibly convenient for touring the most famous waterfalls in the area for accessing hiking trails. A campground host is available to offer information on local attractions and activities, including a beautiful hiking trail which leaves directly from the campground. Keep an eye out for bald eagles and ospreys, which nest nearby.
Although all the campgrounds along the River Gorge have to contend with highway traffic noise, this campground is far enough off the highway that it is quieter than many of the other campgrounds in the area. Facilities include flush toilets but no showers or hookups.
Campsites here are bookable six months in advance on a rolling basis. New sites are released each day at 11 am Atlantic Standard Time (AST).
Address: Wyeth Rd, Cascade Locks, Oregon
2. Cascade Locks / Portland East KOA
This is a small, pleasant, and well-treed campground offering plenty of space and privacy. Just 19 miles west of Hood River, it's well positioned and offers easy access to town and the Historic Columbia River Highway.
Views of the lush hills in behind can be glimpsed through the trees. Cascade Locks KOA features a seasonal pool, hot tub, and sauna.
Full-hookup RV sites with pull-throughs (max 110 feet) have 50 amp service, cable TV, and Wi-Fi. If you are not traveling with an RV, tent sites as well as camping cabins are your other accommodation options.
The park is a fun place to park yourself for a few days or longer. Sign up for a game of horseshoes, cozy up by the wood-burning fire pit, or have a game of Ladder Golf. If you are traveling with children, the playground has a great assortment of climbing structures guaranteed to tire out even the most rambunctious of kids.
Pets are permitted, and the campground has an off-leash dog park.
Address: 841 Forest Ln, Cascade Locks, Oregon
3. Ainsworth State Park Campground
For nature lovers, one of the best campgrounds in the Hood River area is in Ainsworth State Park. Surrounded by forest and dominated by large deciduous trees, this campground offers 40 RV sites and six very private, walk-in campsites in the woods. The RV sites are small but some are pull-through. An additional grassy area is set aside for hikers and bikers. The campground offers full hookups, a dump station, washrooms, and hot showers.
Ainsworth State Park is located about 30 miles west of Hood River off Interstate 84, in a prime location along the Historic Columbia River Highway, just four miles east of beautiful Multnomah Falls. The only drawback to this location is the noise from passing trains, which run very frequently.
This is an excellent campground to stay in if you are planning on hiking either the Gorge 400 Trail or the Horsetail Falls trail (#438).
Reservations can be made for campsites up to six months in advance.
Address: Ainsworth State Park, Cascade Locks, Oregon
4. Memaloose State Park Campground
For scenery and views over the river from your campsite, it doesn't get much better than the campground at Memaloose State Park. This campground is located about 17 miles east of Hood River, in an area where the landscape is more rolling and exposed than the area west of the town, where the walls of the gorge seem to encompass you.
While it overlooks the river, the campground is actually much higher up and set back from the river, with no direct access to the river due to the active railroad line. Willows, cottonwoods, and pines offer a scenic setting but be aware, this can be a very windy location, and sites closest to the ridge overlooking the water are highly exposed.
Sites in Loop A have better views of the river and Memaloose Island, but the highway noise is bothersome. Sites in Loop B are closer to the river and quieter, but you will hear the trains - no whistles, more of a dull roar.
Memaloose campground offers 43 full-hookup sites with 30-amp service, 66 tent sites, hot showers, toilets, and an RV dump station. Note that 20 of the tent sites are overflow sites, with no picnic tables or fire pits.
5. Viento State Park Campground
Just 10 minutes west of Hood River, Viento State Park offers access to the Columbia River. The rocky shoreline provides an easy entry to the river for windsurfing, kiteboarding, stand up paddle boarding, and other water sports. The campground is actually across the highway from the river, but a walking trail runs down to the water making it a convenient base for campers looking to use the river.
Even if you are just looking to explore the waterfalls and sites along the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, this is an excellent base, just off Interstate 84. Viento State Park also provides easy access to the Columbia Historical Highway State Trail.
The campground has 56 RV sites (20/30 amp service) and 18 tent sites, almost all of which are well-shaded. The tent area is set back in a forested area with a creek running in behind. The RV sites are closer to the highway.
The main drawback to this campground is the noise associated with its extremely close proximity to the highway and train tracks. The tent area is in a lush forest setting.
The campground got a major renovation in late 2022/23 consisting of a complete rebuild of the south campground and the modernization of the restroom/shower building. In addition to the infrastructure work, a new hiker/biker camping area has been added.
If your plans cause you to be in the Hood River area in the summer without reservations, there's a good chance you'll be able to find a spot here, as the campground rarely fills up. That said, reservations are accepted here up to six months in advance.
6. Gorge Base Camp
This is the best RV park in the area for location and amenities. Located on the north side of the Columbia River, across the bridge from Hood River, it is extremely convenient for accessing the town of Hood River and all the nearby sites. It's right off the highway but heavily wooded and very scenic, with views to the surrounding hills.
Gorge Base Camp officially accept RVs up to 40 feet but the staff here are flexible and willing to accommodate larger RVs depending on what is available. While it is primarily set up for RVs, there is an open grassy area with picnic tables and space for about tents. The park prides itself on clean modern bathrooms and facilities.
Sites have 30/50 amp service, and Wi-Fi is available throughout the park. If you are running low on propane, the park has a filling station.
The Gorge Base Camp was formerly known as the Bridge RV Park Campground.
Address: 65271 WA-14, White Salmon, Washington
7. Sherwood Campground
Although this campground is set right next to Highway 35, you definitely feel like you are camping deep in the woods. Set in Mount Hood National Forest, 25 miles south of Hood River, Sherwood campground offers a peaceful escape from civilization. Huge pine trees tower overhead providing ample shade, and the Upper Hood River flows through the back side of the campground and provides a never-ending soundtrack of gently rushing water.
Most of the 14 campsites are very large but they are primarily designed to accommodate tents and small RVs (16 feet maximum). Pit toilets fit right in with the rustic setting. The campground is next to the trailhead for the Tamanawas hiking trail.
This is a popular campground and fills up most nights throughout the summer. Avoid disappointment and book a site. They can be booked online six months in advance on a rolling basis, availability is released each day at 11 am AST.
8. Tucker Park Campground
Set along the Hood River, this campground has a distinctly different vibe than other campgrounds in the area. People come here for various reasons, but many of the visitors are here to fish or simply enjoy a friends' weekend away at a campground. You are likely to run into campers from Oregon rather than across the country.
Apart from campsites along the bank, the area is fairly exposed, with trees here and there providing some shade. Although the Tucker Park campground is located about 10 minutes south of downtown Hood River, you don't really feel like you've left town or are camping in the forest. This is the best place to camp if you want to be close to town.
Eighty-eight sites accommodate RVs (maximum length 30 feet) and tents, all sites are unserviced. Flush toilets, showers, picnic tables, and fire pits are provided. Sites are all first-come, first-served and the campground is open from May 1 to October 31.
Address: 2440 Dee Hwy, Hood River, Oregon
9. Moss Creek Campground
Across the Columbia River in Washington state, about 30 minutes from Hood River is the Moss Creek Campground. Set on the banks of the Little White Salmon River, this small campground is cozy and oriented towards tenting and small tow-behind RVs. The stunning Spirit Falls are a 10-minute drive south from the campground.
The campground has 16 unserviced sites set under large fir, hemlock, and cedar trees. Comfort amenities at Moss Creek include running water, fire rings, pit toilets, and picnic tables. A campground host is on-site during the season, and firewood is available for purchase. Note that cellular service is spotty here.
Sites are bookable six months in advance on a rolling basis, with sites becoming available at 11 am, AST. Sites are first-come, first-served at the very start of the season for about a week before the bookable timeframe and for a couple of weeks at the end of the season after the bookable timeframe closes.
Address: 1052 Oklahoma Road, Cook, Washington
Map of Campgrounds near Hood River, Oregon
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