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Open Year-round
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Reservations possible?
No
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
Yes
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Strawberry Campground sits at the entrance to the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. A free parking area caters to hikers and backpackers venturing up the many miles of trails that wind through the wilderness area, while anyone wishing to stay in the overnight camping spots at the campground itself must park in a separate area and pay the night fee. You'll find numerous campsites about a mile up the trail at Strawberry Lake, however, which may make the paying to stay at Strawberry Campground a less attractive option.

But, as far as campgrounds go, the Strawberry Campground is nice. It's situated under the protective cover of fir trees, has two vault toilets and ample potable water. Few people choose to camp here, so even on the busiest of weekends you'll likely have a private spot. If you're arriving too late at night to hit the trail, or if you prefer having access to minimal amenities in all of your outdoor experiences, this campground makes for a great base camp for hikes into Strawberry Mountain Wilderness. If you are not staying overnight, remember to park in the parking area designated for hikers to avoid paying the campground fee.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Strawberry Wilderness trails depart from the campground. Well spaced sites. Uncrowded.

Cons

Enclosed campground with no views of Strawberry Wilderness highlights.

Pets allowed

Yes

Managed by

Forest Service

Address

NF-6001
Prairie City, OR 97869
United States

Features

Vault toilet
Potable water
Picnic tables

Recommended Campsites Without Photos

6

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

07.11.18
We were at Strawberry Campground for four nights over the Fouth, 2018. There are 12 sites and there wasn't a single night the campground was full. One night we were the only ones there. There are spigots throughout the campground for potable water. I would definitely say campgrounds 6, 7 & 8 are the best - most secluded and next to the creek. Deer wandered through the campground each evening.
The 11 mile road from Prairie City, OR is mostly gravel and as of our trip, well groomed and easily traveled...we had a Prius as a neighbor one night.
We hiked a number of trails and they all sport unbelievable views and are not heavily traveled. The trail to Strawberry Lake opens to a wide vista of the lake and the surrounding mountains. You can pick up a trail to Little Strawberry Lake which takes you past a beautiful waterfall and up to the smaller lake, full of trout!
Weather was dry and warmish during the day but got down to around freezing a couple nights. The campground sits at 5700 ft so, like everywhere else in Oregon, bring your layers.
~5 hour drive from Portland and well worth it. We'll be back and next time we'll build in time to stop at the paleontology center.
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