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Old 09-30-2012, 06:36 PM   #1
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Need Campground recommendation in Northern Cali and Oregon

We are presently in Patterson California, right off of I-5 just south of San Francisco. Will be leaving soon to go North for two or three weeks before heading back to Texas. Looking for a recommendation for places to stay for a day or two or three as we head North. We prefer trees and full hookups when possible. Water and electric essential. I know there are many National Parks in the area but not sure which ones are good ones. We will likely head straight up I-5 instead of 101 but will listen to reason. We will probably go up as far as Portland and then head home thru Salt Lake City, etc. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:59 PM   #2
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If you've never seen the Redwoods in N California, you should, as well as the Oregon coast. I see where you are (were). Our favorite is to bulldoze through Sacramento on I-5 and take a left at Williams on SR 20 over the hill. Plenty of camping spots, Oregon has the nicest State Parks on the planet. In northern Oregon, cut over north of Lincoln City and you'll hit I-5 again and be ready for I-84 up through the Columbia River Gorge. Safe travels!
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:30 PM   #3
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Fridays in McCloud great spot, if you make it up as far as Mount Shasta
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:51 PM   #4
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We just volunteered at Cape Perpertua Scenic Area in the Siuslaw National Forest near Yachats, Oregon. It is wonderful. Don't miss seeing the Visitor Center (outstanding), hiking to the tidepools at low tide and seeing Spouting Horn at high tide. Get some great clam chowder at Luna Sea in Yachats, a delicious hot dog and carmal latte at the coffee stand at the Devil's Churn at the Cape and wonderful pastries at the Green Salmon in Yachats. Tillicum Beach NFS Campground between Yachats and Waldport has some beautiful ocean view sites with water and electricity if it is still open.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:49 PM   #5
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We stopped for the night at Silver Falls State Park outside of Salem, Oregon. It's a real little gem of a place. We took the time for a walk through the woods and came across one of the falls that the park is named for. It's a lovely place. I looked at Google maps satellite view to see which spaces were long enough for our 25' Tradewind.

We were in site 6 which had electricity and water, but no sewer hookups. There is a dump station. Our site had hedges around the entire site, screening our bit of lawn and our table. Other sites, like the ones on the inside of the loop, are more open.

I'd recommend this campground to anyone. It's worth the drive off I-5.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:25 PM   #6
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Thanks so much for the responses. We will be leaving on Wednesday and really are looking forward to seeing Oregon.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:04 PM   #7
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I agree with Mike! The redwoods and the Oregon coast are wonderful! It's a much better option than I-5 boredom. Florence,Or is great with the dunes National Recreation Area. ( 42 miles of dunes some 500 ft high) take a tour at Sandlands. (it's worth the money, 35$/ea or so. The Elks has a great RV park if you belong and a great club. Sea Lion caves, 12 miles north of Florence. ( Very nice RV parks in the area too). Sea perch camp ground is nice, 6 miles south of Yachats in the 10 mile area, Park the rig go to the highest point on the Oregon coast! Cape Perpetua! See some whales too. Stop in Newport at the Rogue Brewery for great food and adult beverages!! Cut back to I-5 either here or anywhere North. If you have to go to Portland, its a nice city . Personally, I would elect to go over the Santiam pass to Bend, enjoy that area, then LEAVE as we have enough people here and don't tell anyone about this treasure!! Enjoy your trip! (We have a home in Bend and a home in the Ten mile area near Yachats, so I do know something of the area.
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Hope I'm not too late ... If you're on the Oregon Coast, check out Honeyman State Park at Florence--sorta due west from Eugene. It's the grand daddy of the Oregon State Park system and is an excellent place to stay several days. It's at the north end of the Oregon dunes so there's lots to do. I think there are in excess of 300 sites many with full hookups. The is immaculately kept.
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