Reservations possible?
RV Hookups
Potable water
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Whether you have traveled down the Historic Columbia River Highway to check out Latourell Falls, Multnomah Falls, the Oneonta Gorge or Elowah Falls, your closest option for a full-service campground is Ainsworth State Park.  The state park is located on the eastern end of the Columbia River Highway, tucked away just east of Horsetail Falls. Primarily shaded by a forest canopy of Douglas fir and red alder, the park offers six walk-in campsites and 43 full hook-up sites, along with well-maintained restrooms, showers, a horseshoe pit and even a movie/slideshow screen perfect for plugging in a projector and reviewing your day’s photos of spectacular cascades.

If these campsites are fully booked, try Viento State Park and Memaloose State Park further east on I-84, or Beacon Rock State Park Campground on the Washington side of the Gorge.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass

Not Required


Proximity to Portland. Abundance of nearby hikes and waterfalls.


Heavily shaded and often damp campsites.

Pets allowed


Managed by

Oregon Parks + Recreation Department


Flushing toilets
Potable water
Picnic tables



Update: reservations ARE possible here through reserveamerica(dot)com and they book up about 9 months in advance!!

This campsite is in a very convenient location for exploring the Gorge - right near many falls and great hikes - Oneonta Gorge, Horsetail Falls, Munra Point, Cascade Locks, etc.
Unfortunately we didn't understand the wording on the park site and ended up booking a full hookup RV site as car campers with a tent! This proved tricky as there was only a small grassy space to pitch the tent. The only true "tent" sites they have are in the C loop, all others are a pull-in RV style.
The B loop also backs up directly to the historic highway with loud traffic and a very active railroad line that woke us up several times in the night.

A nice place for location, facilities, great for families, but probably not ideal for tent campers or people who want the calm & quiet of the deep woods.
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