1 Park near Buxton, Oregon
Apr 2015 - $26.00
As usual, the Oregon Park system didn't let us down! We stayed here 3 nights while attending a molded fiberglass trailer rally. There are two loops for general camping, Dairy Creek East and Dairy Creek West. The east loop is set in a meadow and is open and sunny. The west loop is set among the evergreen trees and would have more shade in the summer but maybe be a little gloomy in the winter. The park also offers a horse camp area, rental cabins, and a group camp area. There are two reservable shelters for group potlucks and the like. Our rally group used the shelter in the Hilltop Day-use Area for a get together. This shelter is roofed but not inclosed. I believe the other shelter is enclosed and has a large fireplace, but I didn't get to see it to confirm that.
About the only negative that I can think of for this park is that we had to make our way from I-5 west through Portland to get there! - BruceandKathyWA
Feb 2015 - $31.00
Probably the closest state park to Portland (25 miles), there are two RV loops, a tent area, a hike-in area, cabins and a horse camp. I stayed here in January & February and only one loop is open during the off season. Though in the foothills of the Coastal Mountain Range, the climate is quite mild. Even during the winter months it only dropped below freezing twice. It also has two disk golf courses, but the main attraction is hiking. There are several trails within the park itself and it is at the midpoint of the 21-mile Banks-Vernonia Rails to Trails trail which is paved and has trailheads every few miles. It is a really great bike trail. There is no broadcast and television reception, even with a dish there are too many trees in many spots. No Internet either. At the visitor center is a small museum/store with some interesting exhibits. But only snacks. - rvwanderer
Oct 2014 - $26.00
Helpful and friendly rangers, decent spacing between spots, long enough for a 45 foot motorhome. Most of the sites are for smaller units but there are a handful for larger ones. We preferred the west side to the east side. The east side is pretty Plain Jane - more like a parking lot. The west side has more trees and seemed homier. Strong Verizon signal. (BTW - you lose the signal on the drive in but it is strong in the park.) Awesome that a state park has full hookups! We noticed that each spot gets cleaned and raked when people leave. Very nice! Gets busy on the weekend but was very quiet during the week. Only complaint is the occasional compression brakes from trucks passing by on Nehalem Hwy. About 30 minutes from Portland so easy access. If they added WII FI we'd rate it a 10! - Free