Area Status: Open
Big Creek Campground is small and increasingly popular with OHV recreationists, located just off the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway. It also provides access into the North Fork John Day Wilderness and there is ample parking for truck and stock trailers at the trailhead. It is set in a riparian area, so surrounding areas can be quite wet well into June. It features 3 campsites and an accessible vault toilet. There is no potable water or garbage service, so please pack out all garbage and dispose of it at home.
Attractions at this campground are wilderness hiking, hunting, fishing, and OHV trail access. If you like to drive, you can pick up the Ukiah-Granite Roadside Geology tour brochure at the Ranger District and take a day trip to Granite. Huckleberries abound nearby in mid August.
At a Glance
||11/20/2015 Closed for winter months.
||Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets
||No fee for day use or camping.
||Last week of June, week of July 4, and hunting season
||Wilderness restrictions apply within the North Fork John Day Wilderness.
||Ukiah, OR; Dale, OR
||No potable water. Adjacent to Big Creek.
||North Fork John Day Ranger District
From Ukiah, OR, travel south on County Road 1475 (turns into Forest Road 52 after 5 miles). Go about 23 miles to Forest Road 5226/5225 junction. Turn right (south) onto Forest Road 5225 and go a couple hundred yards, then turn right onto Forest Road 5225020. Follow this road about 0.5 miles to a bridge. Once across the bridge, turn left and follow a short distance to the trailhead and campground.
The trailhead is at the south end of the campground, adjacent to site #1. There is a large parking area, toilet and interpretive site in addition to the 3-site campground. Camping here is free. This campground also accesses OHV trails, so be prepared for their presence until you enter the wilderness.
This site is also directly adjacent to the Blue Mountain National Scenic Byway.