A large, forested area with multiple tent sites for your choosing. Rose Creek is the dominant feature here, meticulously restored with over a dozen forest gardens, including hundreds of wild roses and over a thousand similar native shrubs. Additionally, there is a partial view of the Columbia through large conifers that are frequented by raptors.
The Creekside Gardens feature 3 main tenting camps, all of which are included with rental;
Riverside Camp- A large space for 1-3 tents, you might hear the waves splashing on the Columbia below, sea lions traveling upriver, raptors circling overhead, smell wild roses and enjoy ancient conifers and shady maples.
Streamside Camp- A 1-2 tent space just above Rose Creek, with a gorgeous view of the restored banks.
Mossy Camp- Wake up to the sound of a gentle brook, surrounded by wild roses, after sleeping on a bed on a bed of moss!!!
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at The Creekside Gardens
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I must say our Creekside stay was pretty magical. We arrived late after work on Friday night and Sol was there to meet and greet us. He was extremely easy to communicate with throughout the entire process. He showed us around the campsite pointing out the many pieces of camp infrastructure that he built from the sediment up. Now when I say from sediment up, I truly mean every stepping stone he placed in by hand, each path was bordered with a thick rope that he set purposefully throughout the site. This helped guide you during late hours of the night. Rose plants spread throughout the entire forest. I can’t even imagine how epic that will be when they are in full bloom. There were tons of edible plants to forage from, we snagged some fresh huckleberries, and blackberries. He created an annual edible ecosystem. (Including Wapato in a small wetland area of the site). We camped on a mossy level bed right next to the river. There is plenty of space to pitch multiple tents. Sol even left us a strawberry starter to plant when we got home. It was very thoughtful. In the morning you can hear eagles up in the trees high above the tent. There was easy access to an extremely clean bathroom a short distance away. The Columbia River was also a five-minute walk and perfect to catch the sunrise. The campsite is about 40 minutes from Astoria. We stopped in Astoria on the way out and had lunch at North West Wild on the waterfront (best fresh seafood) and following that stopped at Reach Break Brewery for a cold beer. I highly recommend staying here. We will be back.
Creekside Gardens was wonderful. Private, relaxing and a solid balance of accessibility and off the grid. All the isolation of backpacking + all the convenience of car camping!
Sol was an awesome host and an excellent steward of nature - the respect he has for Creekside Gardens and was good to see, and it was cool to note the care and organic development of the area.
In atmosphere and quality, this place is above and beyond what I've found on Hipcamp. Take advantage of its vibe if you're exploring OR/WA coastlines and looking for an escape, you'll get more of a destination than a tent site. Highly recommended!
This is an excellent find, incredibly beautiful, and well-appointed. Sol is an excellent host, with so much knowledge and passion for ecological restoration. There are plenty of amazing sites to pitch a tent, with some views of the Columbia, tucked deep on a ridge covered in maples and alders. We had an amazing, quiet night there and look forward to returning soon.