Coalmine Hill Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

This campground is just off the paved Blue Mountain Scenic Byway.  It provides one separate site by the entrance, and the remaining 5 sites are located along the edge of the large parking area.  There is one vault toilet and a travel access information board.  This campground was constructed to serve double-duty as a snow park in the winter. There is no potable water or garbage service, so please pack out all garbage and dispose of it at home.

Coalmine Hill Campground serves as access to the Bald Mountain, Hells Half Acre, and Willow Creek trails, offering a 7.5 mile-long loop experience for hikers and equestrians. Gibson Cave is located about 1.25 miles along the Bald Mountain Trail. The cave is really a shallow overhanging shelter with an interpretive sign describing its history. About 5 miles to the southwest, Penland Lake offers fishing and boating activities. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 11/14/2014: This campground is not maintained in the late fall and early spring. It may be covered with snow and/or not accessible from Oct-May.
Operational Hours: This campground is closed only by snow.  However, it is only maintained seasonally from Memorial Day through mid-November.
Reservations: Not reservable.  First come, first served. 
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees An overnight camping fee of $8.00 is scheduled to be charged in 2016.  
Open Season: Late May
Usage: Light
Busiest Season: Hunting season
Closest Towns: Heppner, Oregon
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


This campground is located on the north side of Willow Creek Road (County Road 678) approximately 22 miles SE of Heppner, OR. 

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Camping trailer 5 Trailer/tent sites
Toilets Yes
Picnic tables Yes
Parking Yes
Tent camping 5 Campsites, 0 Tent Only
Interpretive Site Gibson Cave