Natural Bridge Campground in Oregon

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Three ways to enjoy Natural Bridge Campground in Oregon

By Rita Myers

I think there’s something extremely magical about the world around us that it never seems to run out of beautiful places to see or exciting things to do. Just when you think you’ve “seen it all,” a new thing comes along to surprise you.

That’s how I felt when my family and I first set foot in Natural Bridge Campground in Oregon.

Oregon is filled with an incredible landscape of mountains, lush forests, extensive farms, crystal blue coastal shorelines, and stunning beaches. It is one of the places in the US that I consider an outdoor haven.

Whenever we visit this Pacific Northwestern state, we make sure to visit Natural Bridge. It is a great place full of fun outdoor activities that’s perfect for the family.

I’ll be giving you a list of three things that you can do in Natural Bridge Campground.

 

AT A GLANCE: NATURAL BRIDGE CAMPGROUND OREGON

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THINGS TO DO AT NATURAL BRIDGE CAMPGROUND

  1. Enjoy The Water
  2. Explore The Mountains
  3. Erase Your Troubles

 

CONCLUSION

 

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Wild and Scenic Rogue River in Southern Oregon in Fall

 

The Natural Bridge Campground is located in the High Cascades District, and it rests beside the beautiful Rogue River in southwestern Oregon. The river flows 215 miles west from the Cascade Range to the Pacific Ocean.

The river is very popular with lots of different campsites positioned along it, including Natural Bridge.

What I love about Natural Bridge Campground is that it is very simple, not crowded, and huge – and I mean, huge. The fact that 17 campsites fit inside Natural Bridge should be a pretty good indicator of just how big it really is.

 

THINGS TO DO AT NATURAL BRIDGE CAMPGROUND

There are a few activities that you can do in the campgrounds. Here are three things my family and I enjoy doing while we are in Natural Bridge Campground.

1. ENJOY THE WATER

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Water Falls on Upper Rogue River in Oregon.

 

Since the campground is found along the Rogue River, it’s only natural to take a dip in it. A great way you and your family can enjoy Rogue River is through boating, kayaking, or rafting.

The river encircles the entire campground, so you won’t run out of space even if there are a lot of people.

The waters in the Upper Rogue River are stronger, which is where you can do your rafting. You can rent out boats, paddles, and life jackets from the staff there.

RAFTING TIPS: Remember your safety when rafting! Dress appropriately, always wear your life jacket or flotation device, hold the paddle properly, stay in the boat, listen to your guide, and don’t panic!

There’s a pretty cool video of some visitors rafting through Rogue River and Natural Bridge. Check it out below!

 

 

If you have your own fishing poles, you can go fishing in the river.  The water is calm by the main area of the campground where a lot of rainbow trout like to hang out.

Whenever we are here, my husband loves to teach our sons how to fish by the river while I prepare our picnic or relax in the water.

If extreme watersports or fishing isn’t your sort of thing, you can always just go swimming instead.

But since I love all of you and love sharing all my experiences with the outdoors, I’ll let you in on a secret. What my family and I like to do is bring our own inflatables like a swim ring, floating seats, and floating beds.

Since the water near the main part of the campsite is calm, it’s a great place to just lay back, float around, and relax.

 

2. EXPLORE THE MOUNTAIN

 

I’m a strong believer that a camping trip isn’t complete if you don’t go exploring the surrounding mountains or forest through hiking, climbing, or even biking.

In Natural Bridge Campground, you’ll find mountains on both sides of the river that are trail-less and great for hiking or climbing. Of course, there is a trail you can take as well, but sometimes I like to explore other areas.

The hiking loop around the river is an easy one that’s great for kids or beginners. Despite the fact that most of the trail is near the river, it’s eerily peaceful and quiet while you walk through the trail.

One of the reasons why I love hiking is that it helps me clear my mind. There’s nothing more relaxing to me than spending time staring out into the wilderness and just silencing my mind, even for just a few moments.

If you’re curious as to how the trail looks at Natural Bridge, you can check out this short video.

 

Since the campground is really huge, you can also go biking. Besides fishing with their dad, my sons enjoy biking in the campgrounds. But bring your own bike because there aren’t any for rent.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDER: There are no garbage cans in the campgrounds. So if you see any trash while out in the trail, please pick it up and take it with you. The same goes for your own trash – keep it until you find proper disposals.

 

3. ERASE YOUR TROUBLES

 

If you really think about the reason people go out camping in the first place, it’s probably because they want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life or the stresses of being an adult.

Natural Bridge Campgrounds can provide you a place where you can erase your troubles by simply relaxing.

This is also a perfect place to go out on a retreat because the campground offers both single and group tents. There are also picnic tables and fire pits for you to cook your fresh catch of fish.

This means it’s also a great place for a group of friends. You can grill some burgers, enjoy a bottle of beer, and play some camping drinking games by the fire. Really, the place is great for anyone.

 

CONCLUSION

 

The Rogue River near the Natural Bridge

If you want to spend some quiet time with nature or to hang out by a river, the Natural Bridge Campgrounds in Oregon is the place to go.

There is nothing better than watching your sons fish with their dad, or spend time sharing stories with your friends around a campfire.

Even though there isn’t a load of activities to do in Natural Bridge compared to other campgrounds, it’s still a great place to go where you can enjoy the river, explore the mountains, and erase your troubles.

 

 

If you’ve enjoyed this list, feel free to share it with your friends! If you’ve visited Natural Bridge Campground lately, tell me how it went, I’d love to hear from you!

As always, stay safe and have a happy adventure!

 

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Rita Myers is an avid camper, hiker, wife and mother living in Juneau, Alaska, USA.

She blogs on her own site www.datingwithnature.com and enjoys sharing her experiences with others and encouraging as many women as possible to enjoy the beauty of nature and the pleasures of camping and hiking.

51 thoughts on “Natural Bridge Campground in Oregon

  • August 4, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    Wow! This place looks amazing, the perfect place to relax and have fun with family and take photos!

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  • August 4, 2017 at 5:00 am
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    Water & Mountains?! Damn, Oregon is probably the best haha! Would love to just relax there and have a photoshoot haha

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  • August 4, 2017 at 3:40 am
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    Wow Just Wow. I am speechless and Jealous by seeing these pictures. I live in LA and I can barely see such greenery around me lol. I guess This place is perfect for a hot summer

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    • August 11, 2017 at 5:35 pm
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      There are actually a ton of places near LA that you can go to with just as much greenery! You can check out my blog (www.datingwithnature.com/blog), I’ve written about a few campsites in California/near LA!

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  • August 4, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    My husband and I love incredible parks like this but have yet to visit any in Oregon. Your photos are as pretty as postcards! Our neighbors have a son in elementary school. Did you know that every 4th grader in the U.S. receives a free family pass to all of the national parks for an entire year? I didn’t either until they started visiting them. I’ll definitely pass your post along to them. While it’s not a national park, I’m sure they’d love to Natural Bridge Campground to their list of places to visit! x

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    • August 11, 2017 at 5:36 pm
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      Really?? That’s so wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing so they can take advantage! I have a few other National Parks listed on my website (www.datingwithnature.com) that you can check out or pass along! Thank you so much!

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  • August 3, 2017 at 8:49 pm
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    I love hiking, it is in my blood after all as my parents are Portuguese. I like the sound of Oregon, I can imagine it being a peaceful experience that is a million miles away from London x

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    • August 11, 2017 at 5:38 pm
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      Are you from London? Hopefully you get a chance to visit the US then maybe you can drop by! 🙂

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  • August 3, 2017 at 7:27 pm
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    Enjoy the water, explore the mountain and erase your troubles needs to be the mantra of my life. On a more serious note, I have to say that this experience looks unreal, so thanks for the blueprint on how I can do this myself!

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    • August 11, 2017 at 5:39 pm
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      Lol, oh if that could be the mantra right? And your very welcome, thank you for dropping by!

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  • August 2, 2017 at 5:24 pm
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    This place looks like the perfect place to de-stress and unwind after leaving behind the rat race. I haven’t been camping since I was about three years old and our tent got flooded, but if I find anywhere as scenic as this I may give it another go.

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    • August 11, 2017 at 5:40 pm
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      How unfortunate, but yes, you should give it another go! It probably won’t be as bad! 🙂 hehe

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  • August 2, 2017 at 3:02 pm
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    there are so many beautiful places to explore Oregon being one of them. i really liked all the pictures here 🙂

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  • August 2, 2017 at 12:43 pm
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    So happy to come across your post. I’m an avid hiker and I liked this place. I have marked this place as one of the places to hike whenever I visit USA. I have already heard quite a bit about the natural beauty of Oregon

    Thanks for posting it here!

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    • August 11, 2017 at 5:42 pm
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      Glad to find someone who has visited! Thank you for dropping a comment 🙂

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  • August 2, 2017 at 12:26 pm
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    I love camping and hiking so much. I would love to come here sometime. Oregon seriously has some of the best scenery every. The whole pacific northwest does actually.

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  • August 2, 2017 at 4:49 am
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    It’s so true, there are so many beautiful places to explore Oregon being one of them. I have always wanted to explore more of Oregon camping out. Natural Bridge Campground seems like a wonderful place to relax and truly get away. Camping has always settled my mind. It’s so wonderful exploring the outdoors.

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    • August 11, 2017 at 5:44 pm
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      Camping settles my mind as well! You should explore more, I’m sure you’ll find a ton of beautiful places.

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  • August 2, 2017 at 4:49 am
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    Oregon is on my wishlist due to my love for mountains. This place is so peaceful and have lovely waterfalls. Waterfall on Upper Rouge river is stunning and a hidden treasure of nature.

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  • August 2, 2017 at 2:49 am
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    Oregon looks fantastic ! I’d love to visit.

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  • August 2, 2017 at 1:39 am
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    Nature never ceases to surprise you, and that is what I like about it the most as I love surprises!
    The place looks beautiful 🙂

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  • August 1, 2017 at 10:51 pm
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    I’m not a big camper and things like rafting scare the living hell out of me, but I’ve got to admit – these views are amazing!

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    • August 12, 2017 at 8:31 am
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      You can always go slow and pick an “easy” campsite first till you start to get the hang of it 🙂

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  • August 1, 2017 at 7:38 pm
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    Great detailed post, loved the videos , its really helpful to see the atmosphere and all the natural photos of all the option around, looks great

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  • August 1, 2017 at 5:42 pm
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    Oregon, and all of the West really, is just beautiful. I’ve only gotten a chance to go for a few days a couple of times and I really need to get out there for a longer trip.

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  • August 1, 2017 at 2:11 pm
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    Wow! I’ve grown up going out west, but I’ve never paid a visit to Oregon! I guess that will have to go on my list!!!

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  • August 1, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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    Oregon is so pretty! What a lovely place for hiking and water sports. White water rafting or relaxing by the river both sound awesome.

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  • August 1, 2017 at 8:31 am
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    YES Oregon is beautiful! I think that the Pacific Northwest is gifted when it comes to beautiful landscapes and formations. I am not into camping much, but seeing these views and photos make me want to camp out here.

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    • August 12, 2017 at 8:33 am
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      You really should, at least once… Maybe camping will grow on you!

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  • August 1, 2017 at 4:11 am
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    What a wonderful place to visit . I never heard this before but all your life story about this place make me want to visit here . Two things that on my dream to do is a Water Rafting and explore the mountain . Will be my bucket list .

    Thank you for sharing

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  • August 1, 2017 at 3:23 am
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    This looks like such a beautiful place & it is right in my own backyard! I love the Pacific Northwest and number three is my favorite reason to go camping 🙂 love getting away!

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  • August 1, 2017 at 3:12 am
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    One more reason for us to make our dream of living in Oregon a reality!

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  • August 1, 2017 at 2:33 am
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    The place looks so beautiful and serene! I am planning to do a Seattle to Lake Tahoe road trip via Portland in December and just saw that this place comes on the way – kind of. It might be a good idea to take the detour here visiting during December.

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    • August 12, 2017 at 8:35 am
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      It would be a great detour on your way to Lake Tahoe! Stay a night, you will probably enjoy it! 🙂

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