Barnhouse Campground

Area Status: Closed

This campground is surprisingly quiet and serene as it sits nestled among some large ponderosa pine trees just a few miles from the main highway.  It also hosts the trailhead for Barnhouse Trail (#813) located in the northwest corner of the campground.

Coyotes and owls can be heard most summer evenings and occasionally local ranchers will graze their cattle nearby, which can make for some interesting serenades in the evening hours.

At a Glance

Reservations: This is a First Come, First Served facility.
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: This is a free facility.
Restrictions: Size & number of trailer sites are limited (no dump station). No RV's over 25 feet.  There is a 14 day stay limit on all National Grassland and US Forest Service land including but not limited to campgrounds and other developed facilities.
Closest Towns: Mitchell, Oregon
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Ochoco National Forest
3160 NE Third Street
Prineville, Oregon 97754
(541) 416-6500

General Information


From Prineville, Oregon:

Take Highway 380 east 55 miles to Paulina, Oregon.

From Paulina, head east on County Road 112 for 3.5 miles to Beaver Creek Road (County Road 113), turning north to Forest Service Road 42.

Follow Forest Service Road 42 north for 8 miles to Forest Service Road 12.

Follow Forest Service Road 12 north for 17 miles to the campground.

From John Day, Oregon:

Take Highway 26 west to Dayville, Oregon.

Travel 25 miles west from Dayville to Forest Service Road 12, then head south for 5 miles to the campground.

From Mitchell, Oregon:

Take Highway 26 east for 13 miles to Forest Service Road 12.

Take Forest Service Road 12 south for 5 miles to the campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

This campground has 6 campsites that each have a picnic table and combination fire pit/grill.  Parking spurs vary in size so any site can accommodate tent camping, but some may not be able to accommodate RV camping.

No. of Sites 6 single site(s)

RV Camping

The road within the campground is narrow and the turns are rather sharp, so long trailers over 25 feet are not recommended.

No. of Sites 6
Pavement Type for Parking No
Hookup - Water No
Hookup - Sewer No
Size Restrictions 25'
Dump Stations No
Hookups - Electric No
No. of Accessible sites 0


Camping trailer: Trailer space varies by campsite
Picnic tables: Each campsite has one picnic table
Tent camping: Each campsite has plenty of space for tent camping
Parking: Parking varies in campsites
Toilets: Vault Toilet (1)

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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