Big Creek Meadows Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Big Creek Meadows Trailhead and Campsite #1

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. 

Trail access:

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

Current Conditions: Campground fees will be charged through November 15. The campground is not maintained but is still available throughout the winter. Access will be snowmobiles only once the road is inaccessible due to snow. Please contact the North Fork John Day Ranger Station for more information.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees No fee for day use or camping.
Open Season: Late May
Usage: Light
Busiest Season: Last week of June, week of July 4, and hunting season
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply within the North Fork John Day Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Ukiah, OR; Dale, OR
Water: No potable water. Adjacent to Big Creek.
Restroom: Vault (1)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: North Fork John Day Ranger District 

General Information


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.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

RV Camping

Access road is somewhat rough.  All 3 sites can accomodate RVs of all sizes

Hookup - SewerNone
Hookups - ElectricNone
Pavement Type for ParkingNative Material
Dump StationsNone
No. of Sites3
Reservation InfoNot reservable
Hookup - WaterNone

Group Camping

Campsites 2 and 3 offer plenty of space for group camping, even though no sites are specifically designated as such.

No. of Sites 2 sites
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None


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Horse Riding & Camping

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Picnic tables All sites
Toilets 1 vault
Tent camping All 3 sites
Camping trailer All 3 sites
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