Tucked away in a beautiful forest beside the North Santiam River, North Santiam State Recreation Area is one of the hidden gems of the Oregon state park system. Covering 150 acres of pristine terrain, it's a park where you can get away from the rest of the world for a little while. Even better, you can take your dog with you!
With the park boasting some of the best riverfront scenery to be found in this part of Oregon, down by the water is where you'll want to spend most of your time. There's great steelhead fishing on offer, or you can cool off in the water, but many visitors will simply prefer just sitting back and taking in the lovely views. Of course, if you're feeling a little more energetic, there are nearly 2.5 miles of hiking trails on offer to let you explore the surrounding old-growth trees and follow the river's course.
The North Santiam State Recreation Area campground is open from May 1 to September 30 and offers a scenic spot to spend a night or two. It's a quiet and secluded campground with nine walk-in or boat-in tent sites. However, it's worth noting that this is a primitive campground with no electricity or showers, so it may not suit all travelers.
A $5 parking fee applies for day-use visitors, while those staying overnight will need to pay $10 per night for a campsite. Pets are welcome in the park and in the campground, provided you keep your pooch on a leash of six feet or shorter when they're not confined to your tent. You'll also need to dispose of your dog's waste properly.
North Santiam State Recreation Area is the paw-fect spot to relax in the great outdoors with your canine companion. And because it's located just an hour and a half from Portland, it's ideal for a quick weekend getaway.