7 Best Free Camping Spots in Oregon
Oregon is home to some of the most incredible places to visit in the Pacific Northwest. Fortunately for campers, there are also epic free camping spots in Oregon.
From the Oregon coast to the volcanic mountains, there is something to do in every season. It’s bountiful in wilderness and places to explore.
Camping in Oregon
Although there are many options for campgrounds during peak seasons, they fill up, and full campgrounds usually means loud campgrounds.
We love camping because of the quiet solitude that comes with it in a place that provokes meditation.
Some of the best campgrounds to stay at are the free ones.
They typically are the harder ones to find and only known by locals. That’s why we created a list of the seven best free camping spots in Oregon.
What You Need to Know About Free Camping in Oregon
Remember, free camping is primitive and provides very little to no amenities. If you’re unfamiliar with boondocking (aka free camping) you should read this Boondocking Guide before going further!
Make sure to bring everything you need to survive during your time out there.
Bring enough water and food for the duration of your stay. If you need power, make sure your RV house batteries are charged. A generator and solar panels help provide energy for more extended stays.
Access and availability to these free campsites are always apt to change. Do you’re own in-depth research before arriving.
Lastly, always pack out any waste with you when you leave. If we want to keep these places beautiful and available for us to camp in, we must also respect and protect the land. We don’t want to be the one that ruins it for everyone else.
#1 Hult Pond
First on our list is Hult Pond, which is outside of Eugene, OR.
This primitive campground is the perfect place to escape life’s business to sit by the lake, go hiking, and fishing. This campground has no cell service. A cell booster may help in remote areas.
There’s lots of space between camping spots that will make it feel secluded even if you have neighbors. To get to the campground, you will drive one mile up the dirt road until you reach the recreation area. It’s been reported that the spots are large enough to fit a 36′ RV.
GPS: 44.2399, -123.4948
Address: 15-7-35 Road, Blachly, OR 97412
#2 Skull Creek Campground
Skull Creek Campground is 11 miles from Glendale, OR.
This campground is most busy during hunting season. It offers five established camping sites, all with campfire rings and tables.
There are also vault toilets.
Keep in mind, no cell service is available; Making it a great getaway if you are looking to escape to a quiet place with a stream and hiking.
This campground is open all year round as long as it is accessible.
GPS: 42.7722, -123.5702
Address: Cow Creek Road, Wolf Creek, OR 97497
#3 Mount Ashland Campground
Mount Ashland Campground is 18 miles outside of Ashland.
This campground offers incredible views, trails, and wildflowers in the spring.
It is open June – October, depending on snow levels. There are a total of 9 sites that allow campfires and can reportedly fit a 28′ RV.
There is no water or toilets, so pack appropriately. Cell service is minimal (again, a cell booster can help). The Pacific Crest Trail crosses this area and offers excellent opportunities for hiking.
GPS: 42.0754, -122.715
Address: NF-20, Ashland, OR 97520
#4 Annie Creek Sno-Park
Annie Creek Sno-Park is situated just outside of Crater Lake National Park. During the winter, this is a popular spot for winter sports. During the summer, it is a paved parking lot for free camping.
There is a log warming shelter equipped with a wood-burning stove available for use year-round.
There are also two vault toilets.
Annie Creek Sno-Park is the perfect place to drop off your RV and unhook your vehicle, so you don’t have to tow or drive your larger rig up the windy road to the top of Crater Lake National Park. Most size RV would fit in this lot, and there is some Verizon and AT&T service.
GPS: 42.7612, -122.0588
Address: Annie Creek Road, Fort Klamath, OR 97626
#5 Burnt Ranch Road
Burnt Ranch Road is 5 miles from Mitchell, OR. It is open seasonally due to snow levels.
After driving on a dirt road that can be a little steep, it levels out into a beautiful spot in the hills. There are no signs and can be a bit tricky to navigate for the larger RV’s. But well worth the effort.
When camping here, it puts you very close to the must-see painted hills in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. This primitive spot offers no amenities and has no cell service making it the perfect quiet getaway. The campground can support an RV up to 38′.
GPS: 44.6129, -120.2105
Address: Burnt Ranch Rd., Mitchell, OR 97750
#6 Spring Creek Campground
Spring Creek Campground is located 14 miles outside of La Grande, OR.
At this site, you will be surrounded by pine trees and close to a beautiful open meadow. This is an easily accessed campground with four sites, which all have picnic tables and fire rings.
There is also a vaulted toilet. This campground is closed from December until the end of April.
It’s reported that RV’s up to 32′ can fit in the spots, and there is limited Verizon service.
GPS: 45.3571, -118.312
Address: NF-21, La Grande, OR 97850
#7 Sage Hen Hill Road
Sage Hen Hill Road is situated in the heart of Oregon state. This primitive campground is the perfect place to be alone.
With no one around, the campsite offers incredible stargazing when the sky is clear. There is no cell service and lots of space.
It is down a dirt road, so make sure to scout before you get into a tight spot.
GPS: 43.5818, -119.3081
Address: Sage Hen Hill Rd., Hines, OR 97738
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