Camping & Hiking near Sunriver, Oregon

Camping & Hiking near Sunriver, OregonSunriver, Oregon, sits in the heart of the Deschutes National Forest. According to the U.S. Forest Service, "there are more than 1,000 miles of non-motorized summer trails in the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests." The area campgrounds offer few modern comforts but make up for this with immersion in nature and close proximity to a variety of trails.

Big River Campground

Big River Campground sits along the Deschutes River at an elevation of 4,150 feet. The campground is open from April to October and provides tent, RV and trailer camping, along with a group camp. The facilities are limited, offering only vault toilets with no showers or potable water. The site does include a boat launch and picnic areas. The campground is 10 miles south of Sunriver. The nearby Deschutes River Trail is an easy-to-moderate rated trail that winds through pine trees and lava flows. Multiple trailheads allow access to this 9-mile option, including one at Lava Lands Visitor Center.
Big River Campground

Lapine State Park

Lapine State Park is 12.5 miles south of Sunriver. The campground of the park is situated on the banks of the Deschutes River, with some sites along the water. The park is open all year long to provide 82 full hookup sites--of which 33 are pull-through--47 partial hookups and 10 cabins. A dump station, showers and restroom facilities are supplied for camper use. The park store, firewood and ice sales are available seasonally. The grounds contain opportunities for swimming, boating, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. For those who want a challenge, the Charlton Lake Trail is rated difficult. The trail runs 5.6 miles and offers scenic mountain views and old growth forest. Hikers can access the Pacific Crest Trail from this trail. The trailhead is found near Charlton Lake, 35 miles southwest of Sunriver.
Lapine State Park

Fall River Campground

Fall River Campground is located on the Fall River, 15 miles outside of Sunriver. The campground sits at 4,300 feet and provides 10 sites for RV, trailer or tent camping. The spurs are a tight 30-feet long, so the drivers might find the sites too small to accommodate larger RVs. The facilities are limited to vault toilets, but the primitive conditions place guests close to the many hiking trails the forest has to offer. The Fall River Trail has five trailheads along the river in close proximity to the campground and one within the campground itself. It is an easy trail, over 3 miles long and shared with mountain bikers.
Fall River Campground

Article Written By Alice Moon

Alice Moon is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. She was chosen as a Smithsonian Institute intern, working for the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and has traveled throughout Asia. Moon holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Ball State University.

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