Sam Brown Campground


Campsites are suitable for tents, small trailers, or campers. This is good site for large groups, and it has beautiful meadows. It is close to several trails and the Sam Brown Horse Camp. All trails are open to motorcycles, also nearby access to the Elkhorn Mine Jeep Road.  Sam Brown meadow is a good spot to view elk. 


  • 19 campsites with picnic tables, and fire pits
  • No drinking water
  • 3 vault toilets
  • Garbage disposal (during open season)

At a Glance

Reservations: First come, first served
  • $5 for campsite
  • $2 for extra vehicle
Open Season: May
Usage: Light-Medium
  • Quiet hours between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Campfires in developed fire pits only
  • Fireworks are prohibited
  • Dogs must be on leash
  • OHV/ATV use prohibited in the campground
  • Maximum length of stay: 14 days
Closest Towns: Grants Pass, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Wild Rivers Ranger District

General Information


From Interstate 5, take the Merlin Exit to Merlin / Galice Road approximately 12 miles to the Briggs Valley Road (Forest Road 2500). Follow Forest Road 2500 approximately 15 miles to Forest Road 2512, turn right and the campground will be on your left about 0.5 mile up the road.

Access to the area restricts vehicle size, due to the narrow winding steep road to the Briggs Valley area.

  • Maximum vehicle length: 24 feet

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Campground Camping

  • This campground is centered around a large meadow with mild history of the earlier miner and homesteader to the area.
  • There is access to several hiking, bicycling, horseback, and even motorcycle trails.
  • The camp is great for large group camping with 2 picnic shelters, an amphitheater, and large meadow area for group activities.
  • The area has a major creek system -- Briggs Creek that flows into the Illinois River and has some signs of steelhead habitat.
  • The meadow is popular with deer, elk and other wildlife.
  • The mixture of Old Growth and young timber make this a very inviting place.


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2,300 feet