Sam Brown Campground

Sam Brown Campground is centered around a large meadow that has a colorful history of the earlier miner and homesteader to the area. Trails are located throughout the area, as well, with options for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and motorcylces, including Elkhorn Mine Jeep Road.

Nearby trail opportunities include:

The size of this campground, and nature of the landscape, lends itself to large group camping, with 2 picnic shelters, and and amphitheater. The meadow is great for group activities, and is also a great place to wildlife watch: deer, elk, and a plethora of bird species frequent the area. Briggs Creek flows through the area before passing on to the Illinois River.

Campsites are suitable for tents, small trailers, or campers. This campground is close to Sam Brown Horse Camp.


  • 19 campsites with picnic tables, and fire pits
  • No water available.  Please bring your own water.
  • 3 vault toilets

Please pack out what you pack in, as this site does not have trash removal service.

At a Glance

Reservations: First come, first served
  • $10 for campsite
  • $5 for extra vehicle
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
  • Cave Junction, 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

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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.

Day Hiking

Nearby hiking opportunities include:

Difficulty Level: Easy to More Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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2,300 feet