Love the Pacific Northwest? Then You'll REALLY Love These 9 Campgrounds

Ready to hike up to the caldera of Mount St. Helens? Or explore the rugged bluffs of the Oregon coast? The Pacific Northwest (PNW) is packed with campgrounds in a variety of stunning regions, from high desert and beaches to snow-capped mountain ranges. 

Here are some of our favorite places to camp in the Pacific Northwest. 

1. Mazama Campground

Crater Lake is the only National Park in Oregon. It was created by an ancient volcano that collapsed in on itself. What remains is one of the bluest bodies of water you've ever seen. This stunning park lies on the Pacific Crest Trail, so you'll likely run into thru-hikers with great stories from their weeks or months of hiking if you camp here. 

2. Kayak Point Regional Park, Washington

Image from The Dyrt camper Russ H. 

It’s all in the name. Don’t forget your kayak for exploring the serene shores of Port Susan. This campground comes with yurts, which can be a lot of fun for groups -- or a way to stay warmer while camping in the winter months. Kids can keep busy with a playground and great fishing. 

3. Ohanapecosh Campground 

Image from The Dyrt camper Amy S. 

This is another great spot for groups who love being surrounded by nature. Don't miss the hike to the Grove of the Patriarchs or Silver Falls. You can access the trails right from the campground. 

4. Shi Shi Beach Campground 

Sleep next to the Pacific Ocean at this picturesque campground on the beach in Olympic National Park. Reservations are required from May through September, and you'll need to pick up a permit, too. But once you're there, it's worth all the necessary planning. This place is peak #PNWonderland. 

5. Painted Hills

Image from The Dyrt camper Eva W. 

If you're interested in geology, the Painted Hills in eastern Oregon will keep you busy. These colorful hills are the result of millions of years of geologic activity as layers of ash, lava, and mud have trapped fossils and a fascinating story of time. 

Bureau of Land Management land surrounds much of the Painted Hills. You can camp there for free and no permit is necessary. 

6. Trillium Lake Campground

Image from The Dyrt camper Natasha R. 

Trillium Lake Campground is a beautiful and popular campground close to the cozy town of Government Camp, at the base of Mount Hood. You’ll have spectacular views of the Oregon’s highest peak, and the lake is great for a swim or kayak. A short drive will get you to the famous Timberline Lodge and some of the area's best hiking. 

Ready to explore all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer? Share reviews and photos of your campsites at The Dyrt, and you could win free camping gear from us and other great outdoor brands. 

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