North Fork John Day Campground


North Fork John Day Trailhead Location Map

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North Fork John Day Campground & Trailhead

This campground sits along the Wild and Scenic North Fork John Day River at the junction of the Blue Mountain and Elkhorn Scenic Byways.  It features 20 campsites, 3 accessible toilet facilities, and stock handling facilities. There is no potable water or garbage service, so please pack your garbage home. 

This campground serves as the eastern access point to North Fork John Day Wilderness via North Fork John Day River Trail #3022. The area offers hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, sight-seeing, and photography opportunities. In spring and fall you can see the salmon spawning.  Special state fishing regulations apply.

If you like to drive, you can pick up the Ukiah-Granite Roadside Geology tour brochure from the camp hosts or the Ranger District.  

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 District for more information.
Operational Hours: The campground is closed only by snow.  However, it is only maintained seasonally by from Memorial Day until mid-November. 
Reservations: Not reservable. First come, first served. 
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
  • Single site: $8/vehicle/night (extra $5 fee per vehicle exceeding the two-vehicle-per-site allowance.) 
  • Group site:  Site 14 is $25/night (no extra vehicle charge).
Open Season: Late May
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: Holiday weekends and hunting season
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply within north Fork John Day Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Granite, OR; Ukiah, OR
Water: No potable water. Adjacent to the North Fork John Day River.
Restroom: Vault Toilet (3)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: North Fork John Day Ranger District 

General Information


Horse Corrals at North Fork John Day Campground and TrailheadFrom Ukiah, OR head southeast on Forest Service Road 52 approximately 40 miles to the North Fork John Day Campground and trailhead. Parking for the trailhead is in the north end of the campground. 

Besides the 20-site campground, there is a large trailhead parking area, toilet, unloading ramp, and facilities for stock animals (corrals, mangers, hitching posts).  This site is directly adjacent to the Wild & Scenic North Fork John Day River and the Blue Mountain National Scenic Byway.

Horse Mangers at North Fork John Day Campground and Trailhead


This campground has 7 accessible campsites.  The stock facilities are not accessible.


There is a large trailhead parking area and overflow parking is located across from the west entrance.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

RV Camping

Most RV sites can handle a longer RV.  Site 2 is a pull-through (no backing). 

Pavement Type of Parking Gravel
Hookup - SewerNone
Hookups - ElectricNone
Vehicle Clearence Paved all the way to campground.
Dump StationsNone
No. of Sites 20
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites 1
Hookup - WaterNone

Group Camping

Site 14 is the only group site and can accomodate up to 3 RVs and 20 people.

No. of Sites 1 site with up to 20 people
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites Site 8 (not a group site)


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Picnic tables All sites
Interpretive Site There is an interpretive sign regarding historic mining at the trailhead
Toilets 3 vaults
Parking Lots of extra parking
Tent camping Sites 1A, 1B, 1C, 15, and 16 are tent only sites
Accessible Sites 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11.
Camping trailer 15 sites for RVs
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