Shady Cove Campground, located within the Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area, offers visitors a primitive camping experience along the Little North Fork of the Santiam River. Numerous trails within a short distance of the campground offer scenic mountain vistas, waterfalls, and hikes through majestic old-growth forests. The campground is open all year, but access during the winter can be tricky due to snow. Early season (April and May) may provide a wet experience, but late season (September and October) is usually great times for camping.
From Salem, follow Highway 22 east to Mehama. At milepost 23 turn left on paved Little North Fork Road (next to the Oregon Department of Forestry building) and proceed for 16 miles to the Forest Boundary. Continue of gravel Forest Service Road #2209 for 1.5 miles to the intersection of Forest Service Road #2207. Turn right and continue another 2 miles to Shady Cove Campground on the right.