Misty forests and killer craft brews beckon in this friendly Willamette River Valley town.
Eugene is one of those charming Oregon towns that makes you want to stay forever. Craft breweries and theaters dot the downtown, and weekend farmers markets bring out the crowds. Surrounding it all is the breathtaking Willamette River Valley. In these rugged forests and hills, you can camp, hike, bike, and boat to your heart’s content. Close to town, head for the Armitage Park near Coburg; it’s run by Lane County Parks and is open year-round. This 37-site RV park offers full hookups and picnic tables, as well as an off-leash area for your pets. You’ll also find a variety of campgrounds and premier RV resorts near town, many with free Wi-Fi. An hour east of Eugene and Springfield, the Willamette National Forest provides 70 campgrounds. At Cougar Crossing, a boat launch allows easy water access. Head to Limberlost for shaded, secluded campsites. If you prefer glamping, cabins and yurts are also available. When only true wilderness will do, load up your backpack and head out for a hike. The national forest allows dispersed camping, so you can pitch your tent in the backcountry, just stay 100 feet away from any water sources. To the west of Eugene, the Siuslaw National Forest offers camping for tents, RVs, and backpackers. Hike through the misty mountains, or head all the way to the Oregon coast for beach camping. The weather is mild and damp year-round, but you’ll find fewer crowds from late fall to early spring.