When you have young kids, camping sounds fun, but it can also be pretty daunting.

We asked the experts at Xscape Pod for ideas for family-friendly camping locations close to home. Xscape Pod, who rents high-quality camping gear in pre-packed rental pods (they deliver it to your door!), is all about making adventuring easier to afford and simpler to organize. Their mission is to remove the barriers to camping—and in that spirit, they shared some of their favorite family-friendly campgrounds:

Clackamas River. If you’re looking for a great place to escape the heat of summer and cool off with your family, head down the Clackamas River (Highway 224 past Estacada) for a bevy of great camping options. One of their favorites is the Kingfisher Campground located on the banks of the scenic Hot Springs Fork of Collawash River, a tributary to the Clackamas River. Kingfisher offers dozens of reservable and first-come-first-serve campsites each equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring with grill. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are also available. Kingfisher Campground is conveniently located at the center of the Mt. Hood National Forest, where a variety of tourist attractions and historic sites draw thousands of visitors every year.

Silver Falls State Campground. A great family-friendly campground in Oregon is Silver Falls State Campground. It offers over 125 beautiful sites to choose from, yet somehow still manages to feel secluded and relaxing. Its beauty and boundless recreational opportunities like the trail of Ten Falls (7.2 mile loop with 10 waterfalls), over 35 miles of backcountry trails, and proximity to PDX make it a great family camping destination.  

Nehalem Bay State Park. If you’ve got your sights set on beach camping, check out Nehalem Bay State Park. The campground sits on a 4-mile long sand spit that offers beautiful rolling sand dunes to hike through and beaches to explore. Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, kite flying, fishing or crabbing, Nehalem Bay State Park is a great campground for your family.

Thank you to the camping experts at Xscape Pod for these ideas!

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