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
NATURAL BRIDGE CAMPGROUND
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
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.
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.
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As always, stay safe and have a happy adventure!