Camping at Ainsworth State Park in Oregon | OK Which Way


Camping at Ainsworth State Park in Oregon

Ainsworth State Park is a great place to spend a night or two while enjoying your waterfall hikes in the area or kite boarding on the Columbia. The shady campground sits along the Historic Columbia River Highway and is just minutes from I-84.


Ainsworth State Park Campground sign in Oregon | OK Which Way

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Know Before You Go

Location: Within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. 20 miles east of Troutdale. 10 miles west of Cascade Locks
Seasonal Use:
Campground open mid March until the end of October
Overnight Options:
40 full hook up sites and 6 walk in tent sites
Toilets & Showers: yes
Cell Service: not good
Highway and Train Noise: yes

The Campground

The campground is at the east end of the popular Waterfall Corridor. It’s not real big, but it’s lovely with all the trees and greenery. It’s backed up to some spectacular rock cliffs, with some areas affected by the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire.

Camping at Ainsworth State Park Historic Columbia River Highway | OK Which Way


Section A

Camping at Ainsworth State Park near Cascade Locks | OK Which Way


Section B

Camping at Ainsworth State Park in the Columbia River Gorge | OK Which Way


Go For a Hike

Gorge 400 Trail: From the west end of the campground, you can hop on the Gorge 400 Trail. This trail connects to many of the other trails in the area, so there are many options for a great day hike. Following the trail will take you to Angel’s Rest Trailhead near Bridal Veil Falls.


Gorge Area Parking Permits

  • Where Oregon State Park day-use parking permits are required, your Ainsworth State Park camping receipt is valid for the days you are registered at the park.
  • Some Forest Service sites (including the Eagle Creek Rec area and Bridge of the Gods Trailhead) require a NW Forest Pass. America the Beautiful passes are valid.
  • Parking at Multnomah Falls is free, but may require a timed use permit.


Other Campgrounds Nearby


Optional Items to Bring



Historic Columbia River Highway

HCRC Oregon Scenic Byway sign | OK Which Way

This 70 mile historic highway was designed to blend in with the natural beauty of the area. This Scenic Byway is also an All American Road and National Historic Landmark.

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