Who knows if the groundhog will see its shadow in February and if that even makes a difference to the length of the winter. But one thing is for sure, the 2019 camping season will be here before you know it!
Here are the 2019 opening and closing dates for the Tillamook State Forest Campgrounds.
A few things to keep in mind when you are planning your reservation for 2019:
The online reservation system will be open January 8, 2019 - March 29, 2019 only. After the reservation system closes, any remaining dates are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the facility.
Reservations can only be made through the online request process and only for the time when the campground is open to the public. Phone and / or e-mail requests will not be processed.
Group campsites are for camping activities only. They are not available for event rentals such as weddings, memorial services, class reunions, company picnics, etc. The Tillamook Forest Center (TFC) has rental facilities available for those interested in hosting such events in the Tillamook State Forest. Those facilities can be reserved through the TFC website.
Click on the "Group Campsite Policies" to make sure you know what the policies are for the campsite you will be requesting.
Check the reservation calendar to see if the weekend you would like to request is available. (NOTE: The calendar is not mobile friendly. It can only be seen in the web version of the reservation page.)
If you've been out hiking the Elk Creek Trail in the past few weeks you've probably noticed that there has been quite a bit of work done to the trail. Fear not, the Elk Creek Trail is not undergoing an identity change. It will remain designated open to hiking and mountain biking only. The upgrade work that is in progress includes hardening water crossings and widening the length of the trail. This project is being done to facilitate easier and more efficient access for the increasing number of Search and Rescue operations carried out on the Elk Mountain - Kings Mountain - Elk Creek Trail network by our partners from the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, the Tillamook County Fire District, the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Police. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Forest Grove Recreation Unit at 503-357-2191.