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Ainsworth State Park
Campground Description: Ainsworth State Park is located 35 miles east of downtown Portland, just off of Interstate 84 (I-84) in the spectacular Columbia Gorge Scenic Area. All camp sites at Ainsworth State Park are full hook-up sites and the park offers restrooms with flush toilets and hot showers. Surrounding the State Park are miles and miles of hiking trails and scenic waterfalls. In fact, situated at the eastern end of Historic Highway 30, from Ainsworth to Crown Point to the west, you'll find the world's greatest concentration of high waterfalls (like Multnomah Falls at 620 feet). Of the 43 campsites at Ainsworth State Park, 24 are pull-through campsites. Within a short drive are several additional state parks with day use facilities for fishing, wind surfing, hiking, biking and swimming. Shopping and restaurants are available in Cascade Locks, 10 miles to the East. If you are a light sleeper, avoid the even numbered camping sites in the "B" loop as they are near very active railroad tracks. During the summer Ainsworth State Park fills almost every evening. All campsites are first-come, first served. Oregon State Law prohibits saving a camp site for another party. Open March through October. Call 800-551-6949 for exact open and closure dates.
Number of Sites: 43
Waste Water Dump Station: Yes
Directions: Interstate 84 Westbound from Hood River - Drive West on I-84 to exit 35. Ainsworth State Park is .4 miles West of the interstate interchange on the South side of I-84. Interstate 84 Eastbound from downtown Portland - Drive East on I-84 to exit 35. Ainsworth State Park is .4 miles West of the interstate interchange on the South side of I-84.
Fishing: On the Columbia River. Some of the better choices include Crown Point State Park, Rooster Rock State Park, Lewis and Clark State Park (on the Sandy River), and Lasumann State Park.
Astronomy Opportunities: Ainsworth State Park is dark enough, but for astronomy camping there are simply too many trees to see the sky.
Nearby Golfing:Hood River: Hood River Golf & Country Club Hood River Golf & Country Club (one of the author's favorites) Indian Creek Golf Course Indian Creek Golf Course Gresham: Gresham Golf Course Gresham Golf Course Persimmon Country Club Persimmon Golf Course
Contact Information:Ainsworth State Park 503-695-2301 503-695-2261 503-551-6949
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Sign at the entrance to Ainsworth State Park
Map of the camping sites at Ainsworth State Park
Pull-through camping site on the "A" loop at Ainsworth State Park
The camping sites on the "A" loop at Ainsworth State Park are longer than the back-in campsites on the "B" loop
The restroom facilities at Ainsworth State Park offer flush toilets and hot showers
Horseshoe pits at Ainsworth State Park
Typical back-in camping site at Ainsworth State Park
Typical pull-through camping site at Ainsworth State Park
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