Ochoco National Forest

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About Ochoco National Forest

At 850,000 acres, Ochoco National Forest, has got a few types of natural beauty to pull your senses up and out of wherever they might be. The forest is composed of three wilderness areas: Mill Creek Wilderness, Bridge Creek Wilderness, and Black Canyon. The three names couldn’t be anymore telling of the diversity of land you encounter in this forest. Geological formations stand over dense pine forests, conifers, and lodgepole pines. Mountains roll in all directions and deep canyons swallow your perspective. On the diverse dry lands black bears, elk, mountain lions, wild turkeys, and mule deers roam. Down below, the smile of the North Fork Crooked River is alive and well.

Campgrounds in Ochoco

Haystack Reservoir Campground and Day Use Area
Libby
Libby: The reservoir is not great for swimming - pretty mucky and full of algae. Good amenities at the...
Double Cabin Campground
The imaginatively named Double Cabin Campground is a short walk from the equally-inspired Double Cabin...
Cottonwood Campground
A free facility, Cottonwood Campground is located near Rock Creek and the Historic Summit Trail. There...
Wildwood Campground
Firs here! Get your firs here! Wildwood Campground is scattered with Douglas and Grand firs in...
Haystack West Shore Campground and Day Use Area
Grab a scenic, high desert spot at Haystack West Shore Campground and Day Use Area. There are 14...
Skull Hollow Campground
Fresh Off
Fresh Off: Smith Rock State Park doesn't allow car/van/RV camping, but Skull Hollow does and it's only 15 min...
Elkhorn Campground
Elkhorn Campground is one of the free rugged campsites in the Maury Mountains. If you’re into...
Wiley Flat Campground
Wiley Flat Campground is in a classic idyllic Oregon meadow. The kind where a stream runs through the...
Barnhouse Campground
Between the coyotes howling and owls whooing that you’ll hear during your summer night stay at...
Big Spring Campground
Ponderosa pine forest, meet babbling creek. Babbling creek, meet happy camper. Happy camper, meet...
Biggs Springs Campground
Take a sabbatical from your push notifications with Biggs Springs Campground. There are only three...
Cottonwood Pit Campground
In the words of a YouTube-famous gnarly surfer bro, this camp is so pitted. Like seriously though....
Deep Creek Campground
Deep Creek Campground is situated among many ponderosa pines with a beautiful view of Western larch...
Frazier Campground
Located near the Frazier Creek headwaters, you’ll find Frazier Campground surrounded by tall grasses...
Salters Cabin Horse Camp
Shake it like a saltshaker! The Salters Cabin Horse Camp is named for the historic cabin on site that...
Scotts Campground
Scotts Campground sits near the Bridge Creek Wilderness as well as the Big Summit Prairie, so get out...
Sugar Creek Campground and Day Use Area
Highly-developed, Sugar Creek Campground and Day Use Area has 17 campsites, three of which meet some...
Wolf Creek Campground
Adjacent to the creek, Wolf Creek Campground has 16 campsites in a shaded ponderosa pine forest, each...
Bingham Springs Campground
Rustic Bingham Springs Campground has just four campsites, but each of them has a fire ring/grill,...
Ochoco Divide Campground
Perched at 4,800 feet above sea level, Ochoco Divide Campground is immersed in a splendiferous...
Ochoco Forest Campground
Quaint best describes Ochoco Forest Campground. This small five site setup can service tent or trailer...
Walton Lake Campground
Serenity now! Nestled in old growth ponderosa and amongst mountain meadows, Walton Lake Campground is...
Whistler Campground
The best part about Whistler Campground? It’s a rockhounder’s dream come true. The second best thing?...
White Rock Campground
Choose your own adventure during your stay at White Rock Campground! This free facility offers 3 sites...
Antelope Flat Reservoir Campground and Day Use
If sleeping near a lake but probably not having a direct view of it sounds like your kind of...
Wildcat Campground and Day Use Area
Cool, calm and collected, Wildcat Campground and Day Use Area offers refuge from intense heat during...

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Hipcamper Libby

The reservoir is not great for swimming - pretty mucky and full of algae. Good amenities at the campsites though.

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Hipcamper Fresh Off

Smith Rock State Park doesn't allow car/van/RV camping, but Skull Hollow does and it's only 15 min from the park.

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Hipcamper Anna

Skull Hollow is a good basecamp for Smith Rock climbers and other adventurers. The sites are quite large, especially towards the end of the loop. Expect a terrain of juniper and sagebrush, a firepit, picnic table and great star gazing! There is no running water so be sure to pack in your own.

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History of Ochoco National Forest

The Ochoco National Forest’s history is as diverse as it’s land with historic trails and old timey cabins and railroads. The land was originally a part of Deschutes National Forest, but was cut off from it back in the early 20th century and Ochoco National Forest was formed.

The geographical boundaries go hand in hand with the cultural history – cattlemen fought with sheepmen, so instead of letting them go to war over specific boundaries set up by the respected groups, Washington decided to divide the land, making Ochoco National Forest its own entity in 1911.

In the following decades, the resources of the land were cut, harvested, and mined, all the while people were beginning to realize that treating the land in this way was not the most optimal due to the scars left. Today, industrial mining and the lumber industries have faded into the past and respectful recreation is the present and future