Dog-Friendly Central Oregon|Trails, tourist attractions, and waterfalls To Visit With Your Pup

July 15, 2019

Dog-Friendly Oregon: Where to Bring Your Dog Around Portland, Along the Oregon Coast, and in Central Oregon

1 Comment In June 2016, Mike as well as I( Steph )evacuated our little New York City apartment, put practically every little thing we owned right into storage, as well as flew to the Pacific Northwest with 2 travel suitcases as well as our dachshund Django. We rented a small furnished apartment or condo in downtown Portland and also bought a used Maggiolina Airlander car roofing system outdoor tents for camping journeys. Every weekend we had actually drive southern as well as explore a brand-new path in Central Oregon or dog-friendly coastline along the Oregon Coast.

What are our favorite dog-friendly places to see in Central Oregon? We have so many fantastic suggestions and finally navigated to compiling this pet travel overview. In this article we include our favored dog-friendly tracks, tourist attractions (i.e. falls, lava areas, thermal springs), as well as camping areas in Deschutes National Forest, Willamette National Forest, as well as Umpqua National Forest.

Scroll down for a Google Map highlighting every recommendation. Need even more details? Click directly on the route or tourist attraction to see extra vital information by means of USDA Forest Service.


Willamette National Forest Willamette National Forest is a stunning component of Central Oregon, consisting of practically 1.7 million acres, extending over 100 miles wide, and also consisting of 7 major hill peaks consisting of Mt. Jefferson, Oregon’s 2nd tallest hill, as well as Three Sisters. The forest includes close to 400,000 acres of designated wild as well as hosts some of Oregon’s most special tourist attractions.

Attractions and also waterfalls
Dog-Friendly Trails
Camping and Lodging
  • Campgrounds near Scott Lake, Proxy Falls, as well as Blue Pool. There are a lot of wonderful campgrounds spread throughout Willamette National Forest. Scott Lake Campground is a lovely and prominent area situated right on Scott Lake. From below you can appreciate Scott Mountain Loop Trail (see above) and also easily drive to Proxy Falls. When Scott Lake Campground fills out, consider Paradise Campground which is positioned precisely the McKenzie River. Coldwater Cove Campground is beautifully located on Clear Lake as well as near Tamolitch, Sahalie, and also Koosah Falls.
  • Campgrounds near Stahlman Point Trail, Triangulation Trail and also Boca Cave. About 2 hrs north of Scott Lake as well as the above-mentioned camping areas is where you discover Stahlman Point Trail, Triangulation Trail as well as Boca Cave. There are many preferred campgrounds in this part of Willamette National Forest right on Detroit Lake including Cove Creek and also Hoover. Whispering Campground is an additional popular one simply east of Detroit Lake, between the lake and Boca Cave.
  • Sisters, Oregon. Willamette National Forest stretches west of Sisters, a picture-perfect hill town that Mike as well as I directly fell in love with as well as visited on various events with Django. We actually camped simply beyond Sisters a few times. There is a string of quality camping areas just 20 miles north of Sisters on the Metolius River. We camped at and also can recommend Lower Bridge Campground. Others in the area consist of Candle Creek and also Pioneer Ford. There are likewise unlimited areas in the wilderness to camp if you like privacy as well as quiet. Not into outdoor camping? Consider staying in Sisters so you have prompt accessibility to Willamette National Forest’s many trails and also tourist attractions.

DJANGO - Adventures with our dachshund dog Django in Central Oregon

Deschutes National Forest Just outside of Bend, Deschutes National Forest makes up 1.6 million acres in Central Oregon and extends for 100 miles along the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains. Deschutes National Forest is easily one of

the most diverse and stunning landscapes in Oregon. Come right here

Dog-Friendly Trails
  • Devils Lake & & Soda Creek Campgrounds. These two camping areas are located right by Green Lakes Trail (more on this popular trail above). Devils Lake Campground is one of the most popular provided it’s (1) precisely Devils Lake and also (2) totally free on a first come, first offer basis. There are nice warm showers and also tidy toilet.
  • Driftwood Campground. Driftwood is a charming camping area on Three Creek Lake supplying immediate accessibility to the preferred and also dog-friendly Tam MacArthur Rim Trail (extra on this trail over). If Driftwood’s ~ 20 spots are complete, think about Three Creek Lake camping site right nearby.

DJANGO - Adventures with our dachshund dog Django in Central Oregon

Umpqua National Forest Mike as well as I fell for the Umpqua National Forest as well as invested numerous weekends below camping, hiking, and also angling with Django This stunning part of central Oregon adjoins Crater Lake National Forest.

Umpqua National Forest is a 4 hour drive from Portland, a 3 hour drive from Bend, as well as a 3.5 hours drive from Sisters. We detail our personal faves for Umpqua National Forest listed below. One point to keep in mind is that all these areas obtain crowded throughout summertime weekends. If you have flexibility with timing, we recommend checking out the tourist attractions during early morning weekdays. September as well as very early October are additionally wonderful times to go to these spots.

Waterfalls and also Attractions
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Outdoor camping and also Lodging

Below: Steph and Django at Umpqua Hot Springs in Umpqua National Forest

Steph and dachshund Django at Umpqua Hot Springs in Central Oregon

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