Just a little south of Satus Pass and above Goldendale, set in Ponderosa pines, although about half the sites are out in the open and sunny. Greek monastery less than a mile downhill has a greek bakery with great baklava and other traditional Greek pastries. Goldendale Observatory is closed Monday and Tuesday but has 8pm to midnight programs all other nights. Lots of gray squirrels and Stellar jays. Very quiet although a little road noise at time from trucks climbing toward the pass. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Park has RV and Tent areas. RV areas are easy access while the Tent areas have limited access. The front side gets highway noise while the rear area does not. We stopped for the bike trails (9 miles) which were in the park info. They were not as developed as we expected. Good overnight stop. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Off-Season Senior rate $6, full hook-up sites. This Brooks Memorial Washington State Park is scheduled to become closed with its gates locked by Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. So, just my closing tribute to one Brooks Memorial State Park, one park of the thirteen Washington State Parks scheduled for closing, gates locked, and soon to forgotten but for some memories past. If you can, and are in the neighborhood with the RV, visit this park soon, before it's closed and gone forever. We camped here in a Motorhome.
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This was a great spot to spend a few days. The park is far enough off the highway that the road noise wasn't a problem. Most of the State Parks are on a reservation system, but not this park. It's first come first serve. We're in a 35 ft. motorhome and towing. We had no problems getting into site #15. We would stay there again when traveling through. We camped here in a Motorhome.
If you want a good place to catch up on some reading, Brooks Memorial State Park is it! You have no television reception at all unless you have a satellite. (I thought it was interesting that the small, privately owned RV park next door charged $1 less for full hookups with cable TV!) I came here hoping to escape a record breaking 95 degree heat wave in the month of May, of all things!!! The camp host told me that although Goldendale was suffering the same 95 degree heat that my home was, this park was high enough in the mountains that there would be an extreme temperature drop in the evenings. The host said, "You'll need blankets." I opened all windows, and woke up at 3:00 AM to a refreshing 50 degrees. This campground has a front side and a back side. Although the front side has shady spots, the camp host said the back side gets a breeze that does not hit the front side. In addition, the host suggested sites 19 or 20 (on the back side), "If you don't want the heat." The host was right, those two sites got morning sun, but afternoon wasn't too bad for the heat. The only downer is that spots 19 and 20 are real close to power lines. You wake up to crackle crackle crackle, and having crackle without the "pop and snap," well. According to the brochures, this park is popular in the winter with the snow-shoeing and cross-country crowd. I enjoyed my very quiet, two day stay here! There are tent sites as well as water/sewer/50 amp electric. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Park is located 10+ miles north of Goldendale on US 97. Brooks is a, so far, undiscovered gem in the Washington State Parks system. Sits at the base of Satus Pass in the middle of a, largely, Ponderosa Pine forest. Great place to do a bit of hiking, exploring and relaxing. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A large field with grass sites. Very rough but useable. The Wi-Fi was very slow and stopped working periodically. We didn't use or see the showers or restrooms, but the whole park is very run-down. Easy walk to downtown. Friendly manager. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The sites are gigantic and it is steps from the Columbia River. The sunset was beautiful. For the $, though... the bathrooms are concrete with a drain in the middle of the floor, funky wooden stalls. It sort of looks like a penitentiary. The waste drains at the RV sites are ridiculous, hooking up to them with our standard hose was impossible. We had to have one person hold the hose while the other opened the gates. After draining, we closed the gates till the next time. We enjoyed the big grassy sites, but not the amenities. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice park, sites are grouped in the center of the park with plenty of grass to wander around on. Very nice place to take kids, lots of room to run, play and ride bikes. Restrooms were well kept, staff was nice, camp host was excellent. No wi-fi, kind of nice to disconnect. When we were there in June there was a great fruit stand between the camp and the bridge. A little noise from the trucks transitioning to the bridge, but not enough to bother us. Would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Pretty grounds at this park: wooded with nice lawns. The sites are level and pretty large. The restrooms were clean and the park is tidy and well kept. There is a lot of noise from both the highway that runs along the park, and the trains that also abut the park. Very noisy. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We didn't stay here but perused it for future use. We found a beautiful park with well spaced level sites with lush green grass that are well shaded by deciduous trees. Restroom/showers appeared clean and well maintained 53 sites have FHU while the rest are unserviced tent sites, well separated from the RV sites. It is adjacent to both RxR tracks and Hwy 97 so some noise can be expected. No Wi-Fi or cable and a high price brought the rating down. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I am very disappointed with Maryhill. We have stayed here numerous times and always had a wonderful experience. This time it was quite different. The showers were too hot to stand under and after paying over $40 for one night I thought having to pay was unreasonable. Wonder what this $5 deposit for non residents is when you make a reservation? Sites looked like they needed some serious attention, scorched grass and lots of prickly weeds. The site we had was a pull through full hook up, but the sewer connection could not be used as it was too high and the site sloped down so we had to use the dump on leaving. I was also disappointed to see loose dogs running around the park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a fantastic park. This is the third time we've been here, and would come again. Sites are large, spaced out, with a lot of grassy areas and trees for shade. It can be windy, especially right on the river,so be prepared. But it's fun to watch the wind surfers on the Columbia! Great views of the river. Everything is very clean, well cared for, and it has been very quiet each time we've been here. There is a very nice day-use area, with a beach and picnic areas. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Clean, well maintained state park on the Columbia River. Sites are very open with little vegetation for privacy, but with very many tall, beautiful, excellent shade trees. These trees are very pretty in the Fall when we've been here. This park is near the railroad & truck traffic of US97 and, although the sound of these can get loud, it was tolerable to us. There are lots of easy pull-through sites. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The park is easy to get to & from Interstate 84. The park was quiet, but there weren’t a lot of campers since it was the off season. The interior roads and sites are paved. The road in the main loop is narrow. The pull through sites are on the outside of the main loop. There are only a few that are level & long enough to accommodate the combined unit (#2). The back in sites are on the inside of the main loop. They would be difficult to get into & out of due the angle & narrow road. They have full hook ups – water, electricity (50 AMP), & sewer. They all had a campfire ring and outside table. Not much privacy between the sites. The main loop is shaded with trees everywhere. The trees encroach on some of the sites & portion of the road. Opening slides was easy in the site without tree encroachment. Some sites offer a view of the southern sky to get satellite reception. Verizon internet reception was good. No designated pet area. There were sufficient paved roads & paths to walk the dogs. There were bag dispensers around the park to pick up waste. Geese adopted the area so there was fecal matter around the grass & walkways. The park is satisfactory for a short stay while traveling along I-84 but only in a few sites. We would stay here again if traveling through the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This year-round, extremely popular 99-acre RV and tent campground has 4,700 feet of waterfront on the magnificent Columbia River in Klickitat County on Hwy. 97 between SR 14 and (Exit 104) Interstate 84 in Oregon. Off season rates for full hookups are $28 (cash or check). We were there mid-week, and about half of the 50 RV sites were occupied. Only downside was constant road noise and nighttime railroad traffic. Suggest reservations during warm months. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The price reflects the 'extra charges' for non-resident recreation fee and a 'web fee' to make your reservation. Other than that, we loved this park! The spaces are so big and generous and you aren't on top of the next person. We had a dog and pup with us traveling and they absolutely loved the rolling in the grass and getting some running in after their toys! Each spot had a grill and picnic table, gravel level sites, asphalt roads through out. Didn't use the restrooms but to walk into, appeared clean and well kept. Workers around all the time. It was our first entrance into Washington and would definitely stay here again if we could!! The view on the River was gorgeous and saw a riverboat come through; the drive up the Gorge was scenic. Be sure to visit Maryhill Winery and get to the Hill Historic Mansion, and Stonehedge. The views are nice with lots of history and it's worth visiting them. Close to Goldendale for fuel, etc. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very clean, lots of space between sites the area is one huge lawn and full of trees with shade. Problem is the train runs along the campground all day and all night and HWY 97 is on the downslope so you hear the trucks jake-brakes! You are right on Columbia River and next to hwy 97 bridge to cross over to Oregon. You need to make reservations ahead of time but they do take first come first serve for that night if site is available prior to 2:00 p.m. If nothing is available there is another campground right next door which we found out later. We would camp here again good for 1 night layover. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Campground is as described by others. Nothing to do here though if you don't swim or boat, or windsurf. Nice park if you are just looking for a place to sleep. Clean and green. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park should be the model for all state parks. The only reason I didn't give it a "10" is because of the location. The sites are spacious and a good distance from neighbors. They have large, mature trees and a nice lawn area. The price was much more reasonable, given the amenities, than the California State Parks we are used to. The downside is that this section of the Columbia River Gorge is pretty barren and wind-swept. If you are a windsurfer, this is the place for you. Luckily, the trees make the wind relatively tame in the park. If the rest of Washington's state parks are like this, I would love to try some more. There is no Wi-Fi and Verizon data coverage was not available in this area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
When we camped here, we were one of three rigs in the whole campground and it was heaven. The rate is for the Washington State Park off-season Senior pass. The water was shut-off as was the sewer, but that didn't matter. Really nice place on the river and the rangers didn't mind that the dog was off-leash some of the time. The whole area is great and we went to Stonehenge, Maryhill Museum and the Maryhill Winery too. Will try to get a reservation there for next summer, if possible as it is a VERY POPULAR spot. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is our favorite state park. It has a great swimming area with a special place for the toddlers. The staff keeps this park very green in the summer. There is lots of play room for the kids. If trains bother you, you won't like this campground. Trains run around the clock on both sides of the river. One set of tracks is right behind the park so get a site down by the river for reduced noise. The Maryhill museum is an easy drive. In the summer there's a couple of very nice fruit stands within walking distance. There is a boat launch at the campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a beautiful campground located on the Washington side of the Columbia River in the Gorge, just east of the Dalles, Oregon. Lots of trees with large pull-thru sites right on the river, plus back-in sites under the trees and a separate area for tents. The beach is rocky, but has a large swimming area. We stayed here two separate nights as we were driving to and from the Oregon coast, but would definitely enjoy staying here for a longer trip. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice park on the Columbia River. This is a popular windsurfing area, but it wasn't that windy away from shore. Big and shady sites with lots of space in between. The train goes by on both sides of the river, but you don't really hear it. Gas across the river, and markets and restaurants are north in Goldendale. Verizon cell and aircard on full signal. We would definitely stay again! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Wonderful park. It was getting very crowded prior to the holiday weekend but all was peaceful and orderly. This is a major day-use area for wind surfers and its neat to watch. Small beach/swim area. Very dog-friendly with lots of room to walk. Major discovery was the numerous/fat blackberries on the north side of tents only loop. I picked a couple pounds before leaving. Only complaint was the sewer hook-up which is awkward as it is an above-ground pipe. We had to hold the hose in it to dump. The placement of it is too far back for anyone with slides as you must park forward to avoid the pedestal. No biggie - we really enjoyed this area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
A very nice Washington State Park on the banks of the Columbia River just east of the Sam Hill Bridge (Highway 97). It is located across the river from Biggs Junction, OR which is on Interstate 84. So you are far enough away that the noise does not bother you. There are railroad tracks on both sides of the river but we were not bothered by the noise. We were lucky to get a site right on the river. One of the paddle wheel cruise ships was docked at the picnic area just up river from our campsite. Awesome sight to see. We stayed here on the 4th of July so it was a very busy park with lots of families enjoying the three day week end. Also a few wind surfers on the river while we were there. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice park along the Columbia River with 20, 30, and 50 amp service, and sewer hookup in the utility sites. In the winter, it's a good spot to overnight, as it is somewhat bleak and cold. The utility spots, which are on gravel, have both pull-through and back-in. The pull-through spots are on the outer edge of the loop. The pull-through spots are "arc'd" in a half circle; however, it's a wide arc, so you can easily "bend" your RV around it. Some of the pull-through spots have a great view of the river! The back-in spots are in the center of the loop. The camping spots, including the standard, each have a picnic table and a fire pit and have great spacing so you aren't right next to your neighbor. Regarding television reception, unless you are carrying a satellite, television will be an educational and cultural experience as the only channel you can pull in via antenna will be an Oregon PBS station. Also, if you are here when there aren't a lot of people (such as winter), you will hear both trains. One runs behind SR-14 on one side of the park, and the other runs on the Oregon side of the Columbia River. Also, during the winter, the state parks in Washington usually shut off the water at each site and the only water available is at a potable water fill up at the park dump station. I knew about this because I had called the park in advance and inquired. However, during my stay, I didn't see any signs mentioning this. I was going to rate it an 8 for the great spacing between sites and the lovely view (which I'm sure is even better in the spring and summer!), but I will knock it back to a 7 because the park didn't post any signs letting people know the water was shut off. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stopped by on a Tues. afternoon in Aug. without a reservation, and we were lucky to get a spot. The camp was full that afternoon. This is a park that we have visited four or five times over the past five years, and it's always clean, and well tended. This park during the summer is very busy with campers that have boats, watercraft, and sail boards. Lots of kids, dogs, and campers coming and going. Clean restroom, clean showers, great staff. This park is too busy for us to want to stay there for more than an over-nighter, but if you want access to the water this park has it all. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Good open spaces, large spots. We had a riverfront site that was great, although our kids still swam at the designated beach area. Maryhill was full of fruit trees and the John Day Dam was nearby. You heard trains and boats but this just added to the sights for our family. There were very few bugs. I would highly recommend. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
What a lovely park! It was shady, the sites are huge and the space between sites is spacious. The grass has been kept watered and it was very nice sitting in the shade and enjoying the breeze (the wind blows a lot here). We enjoyed sitting on the banks of the Columbia River and watching the wind surfers. We only stayed 3 nights and wish we had been able to stay longer. We would camp here again! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Large well spaced sights in the trees with lots of grass and paved roads. Great family park with play areas, swim area, and good bike riding. Be prepared for the wind, if you haven't been here, you will see why this is the sail board capitol of the US. The wind blows most of the time and at around 20 to 40 mph each day. Didn't use the park showers, but the rest rooms were clean and well taken care of. We would stay here again on the way to the Oregon coast from Eastern Washington. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Beautiful Park like setting on the banks of the Columbia River. Make reservations as the park gets full by 3:00 PM. Noise from trains and truck jack brakes the only minor problem however things quiet down after about 10:00 PM. Liked it so much we stayed an additional night but had to change spaces. Would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were quite surprised to find the cost increase! However, the park is still lovely and we enjoyed our visit. Sites are roomy and reasonably level, nice view of the river, and beautiful trees, many in bloom. We have stayed here often and will stay here again, although not as often, with the price hike. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a pretty park, very green with a lot of trees. The spaces are ample size with a number of pull-thrus. The restrooms need some remodeling. I feel if the parks are going to start charging $26 per night, they need to improve their amenities. Their restrooms should be remodeled and improved and WIFI should be offered. They are getting up there with the RV Park rates. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The camping sites are huge with lots of room between sites. There's a day use park right next door with lots of trees and large open areas. The night we stayed there the wind surfers and kite boarders put on a good show for us. There's a couple of train tracks close by that can annoy or delight depending on your perspective. If you're a light sleeper the trains will wake you up. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Park sits along the Columbia River across from Biggs, Oregon. Great for; swimming, boating, wind surfing and fishing. Nearby you'll find Mary Hill Winery and Mary Hill Museum as well as the historic town of Goldendale, Washington We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is not a bad location but not somewhere we would want to stay for a long time. The trains run constantly. For 50amp service and pull through site there is no sewer hookup. The pull through sites are not easy in or out because they curve. Some of the back in sites would have been nice but several were reserved; although, the web site indicated it was first come first serve. Would do in a pinch or short term. If it wasn't for the trains and no sewer we would have rated higher. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This cute little campground is a good alternative to Maryhill State Park which is right next door and always full. New amenity is WiFi - which is excellent. Luckily, you can walk into State Park and enjoy the grounds. Both parks are green and have lovely trees and grounds. Fruit stand has many flowers for sale (especially beautiful roses). Bathrooms are very old and need updating, however in an RV we can use our own facilities. Showers cost money, as in most Washington campgrounds. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This rustic campground is adjacent to orchards and Maryhill State Park, on the north bank of the Columbia River, across the bridge from Biggs, Oregon. There are several fruit stands in walking distance. The place was good for bird watching, and has some nice photo opportunities. We stayed on September 16th, and liked it so much that we came back on October 1st. All the spots are shady, some with river frontage; there are gravel parking slots and large, grassy lawns. The restrooms are not fancy, but are clean and handy, although the dressing area for the showers is open to the whole restroom (get over it...you had to share at school, didn’t you?). There are no laundry facilities. The hosts spent a lot of time out on their lawn visiting with guests and answering questions. The campground is remarkably quiet considering that it shares the canyon at this point with the Columbia River, an Oregon freeway (84) and truck stop (Biggs), a major highway (14), and railroad tracks on both sides of the river. We were aware of occasional night train noise from the tracks on our side of the river. We really liked this campground, and would go out of our way to stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The setting of this RV park is great. By the river, lots of space, and trees. However, it appears that to get a space with full hookups is next to impossible. They appear to be taken up by people who just come and go. We settled for a space with electric and water (no sewer). Normally we can last two days or maybe three in a pinch but needed to use the showers. The restrooms were not that great. A door was missing off one of the ladies stalls. The shower curtains in the 3 showers were paperthin. The trash cans in the ladies restroom were over flowing with sanitary napkins (gross). Overall with no sewer, no TV, and no Wi-Fi, not really a great place to stay. Verizon aircard didn't work well and could not get any TV stations with our antenna. Probably wouldn't stay again. Also the train just went by and it blows its horn at the crossing, so light sleepers beware! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Above rate is for water & electric site. Full hookups were taken up by "permanent workers" in the area. No cable TV at our site, and no over the air television. Our Verizon cellular internet worked well. Sites are gravel with nice grass around them. 50amp electric power was poor as voltage sagged badly under minimal load. Telephone information/reservations is available ONLY Tuesdays from 10am to 2pm. Site assignment is via self-check in with camp host normally available for assistance if needed. Good location for visiting Stonehenge, Maryhill Museum, and Maryhill Winery. Due to the low voltage problem, we would look at other locations if we visit the area again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The neat thing about Peach Beach is that there are peaches that you can pick off the trees behind your RV if you hit the right dates. You can also use this as a base to fish the Columbia River from. The sites are gravel but they are level. Nothing fancy but the price is right. This is our second stay here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Maryhill State Park was full, so we found this nice park just down the street adjacent to it. The sites are nice, each with a picnic table. Some are right on the river. There was a nice beach area for our kids to swim in the river. It is named Peach for a reason. A peach orchard was just across the street, so we were able to buy fresh newly picked peaches, as well as Walla Walla onions and many other fresh fruits and vegetables. The sites are a little smaller than you get at the state park, but definitely nice enough to stay at again if the park is full. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.