Artisanal foods, Shakespeare performances, and the amazing natural beauty of Crater Lake make southern Oregon a must-camp destination.
Southern Oregon flies under the radar, but insiders know that this region is packed with hidden gems. From Crater Lake to the Applegate lavender fields, there’s a surprise at every turn. The Rogue River runs through it all, providing world-class rafting. The magic starts at Oregon’s many state parks. Near Grants Pass, Valley of the Rogue State Park is ideal for families. Here, you can camp year-round in tent sites or an RV park with full hookups. History buffs love Collier Memorial State Park, which is known for its logging museum. When it comes to water activities, Southern Oregon shines. Enjoy a morning swim from your campsite at Emigrant Lake County Park near Ashland. Or, rent a kayak at Jackson F. Kimball State Recreation Site and paddle the shockingly clear lagoon. Don’t forget the Rogue River; paddle to wild campsites like the beautiful Flora Dell. Then, there’s the iconic blue Crater Lake National Park. Explore this collapsed volcano on foot in the summer. In the winter, you can cross-country ski around the rim. For something totally different, head to the Oregon coast. A short drive from Brookings and the California border, Harris Beach State Park offers gorgeous ocean views. Hike the rocky cliffs, swim at sandy beaches, and top it all off with a hot shower. Choose a basic hiker/biker site, or warm up in a heated yurt.