Heather and I go camping a lot. We enjoy campfires, an air mattress, and semi-wilderness, so we’re car campers (we need our cast iron pans, coolers full of beer and ice, and boxes of wine, so backpacking is out of the question).
Upon our return to civilization, one or both of us usually blogs about the trip, so we have a record, of sorts, of each campground, campsite, and campfire cooked meal we experienced. We usually note the weather (e.g. rain) and bugs too. I have collected brief reviews, and our accounts below. Hopefully these records of our experiences can help you find the perfect camping spot this summer!
Henry Rierson Spruce Run Campground, Clatsop County
Spruce Run is in the Coast Range, so it can be wet, especially early in the summer. The campground does not take reservations, so get there early on Fridays. Best campsites are those along the Nehalem River.
Green Canyon, Mt. Hood National Forest
We lucked out to find the last spot available at Green Canyon on our visit in 2008. Right on the Salmon River, this campground is further off of Highway 26 than most in the area.
Panther Creek, Washington
Panther Creek is a gem on the Washington side of the Gorge, not too far past Stevenson, home of Walking Man Brewery! The campground is far off of any highway, and the sites are large. The very friendly camp ranger gave us directions to nearby Panther Creek Falls, which you must see!
Jessie M. Honeyman State Park, Central Oregon Coast
One of my favorite campgrounds when I was kid, I was a bit disappointed with Honeyman last summer. Mostly because it’s become almost exclusively an RV campground for ATVers. Beautiful stretch of the coast though, and sand dunes!
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Camp Creek, Mt. Hood National Forest
One of our favorite campground on Mt. Hood. Best and biggest spots are Camp Creek, which drowns out the Highway 26 roar a quarter mile away. Some sites have Civilian Conservation Corps era fireplaces.
Moss Creek, Washington
This one disappointed us a little, as only a couple sites are near the creek. Our stay featured dust, mosquitos, and shrill children.
Silver Falls State Park, Willamette Valley
We made an exploratory day trip to Silver Falls not too long ago. We’re camping there this summer for the first time. Perhaps a little too landscaped for my taste, but some amazing hikes featuring, duh, water falls!