Central Oregon is booming and as you learn more and more about it, it usually ends up on a place to visit. We are the getaway from life place. Or live somewhere that has a work life balance motto. The ability to be outdoors right out your front door and if you love beer, it's everywhere. There are limited places to stay and it is expensive. Camping is a great option as long as you practice Leave No Trace. Value the ability to stay in a beautiful area for free, while supporting the local economy.
So what makes up Central Oregon? It is made up of three counties. Jefferson, Deschutes and Crook. All of which has amazing camping possibilities.
Oregon is a very RV and van friendly state. With a lot of national forest and BLM land, you can find a beautiful place to park almost anywhere for free. With beautiful rivers for fishing and SUPing, mountains for hiking, mountain biking and skiing, to forests for camping and wandering. It also has Smith Rock State Park, one of the best places for rock or sport climbing in the US.
So let's get started with some of the areas to find beautiful camping in Central Oregon.
Sisters, Oregon Camping
In Deschutes County, just outside of Bend is Sisters. This cute town is surrounded by some of the best trails in Central Oregon. The camping possibilities is numerous. Near trails, near town, along a river or with views of mountains.
Bend, Oregon Camping
There is plentiful free camping in Bend. The great thing about this is you can be within a mile of downtown and camping within the mountain biking trail. You can step outside and fish along a river (make sure to stay as far back as required locally from water), be right at a trail or a short bike ride into town where you can go to any of the numerous breweries, a concert or float the river.
Terrebonne, Oregon Camping
Terrebonne has quickly grown in popularity. With waterfalls, camping, fishing and Smith Rock State Park it has a lot to offer.
Madras, Oregon Camping
Madras is at the north end of Central Oregon and has abundant fishing and camping. With a river running through it is quite popular with fisherman and kayakers.
Fremont National Forest
While just outside of what is technically Central Oregon, Fremont National Forest has some beautiful camping. It is closer to southern Oregon, which will give you a gateway to all that southern Oregon has to offer.
Enjoy this beautiful state! Let me know if there are any locations you are specifically interested in.