Ainsworth State Park Campground

Ainsworth State Park Campground

Nestled in the awe-inspiring Columbia River Gorge, Ainsworth is equal parts waterfall wonderland, hiker’s playground and camper’s delight.Situated at the eastern end of Historic Highway 30, from Ainsworth to Crown Point to the west, you’ll find the world’s greatest concentration of high waterfalls (like Multnomah Falls).

By leaving the park on Nesmith Point trail, you’ll end up with a splendid view of St. Peter’s Dome, a majestic basalt monolith rising 2,000 feet above the mighty Columbia River. Hiking is definitely something you’ll want to do while camping at Ainsworth State Park.

Pets are welcome, but must be kept on leash

Open mid-March through October. Call 800-551-6949 or 503-695-2261 for exact open and closure dates and other park information.

Campground info

This is a classic campground … the smell of a campfire is your constant companion.

  • Approximately 40 full-hookup sites canopied in a laid-back, tree-filled setting
  • Six walk-in tent sites
  • Designated bike-in camp area
  • Hiking
  • RV Hookups
  • RV Dump Station
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Firewood
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Interpretive programs
  • Universal Access (One campsite accessible to campers with disabilities)
Rates October 1 to April 30 May 1 to September 30
Extra vehicle $5 $7
Full Hookup $16 $24
Tent site $13 $17

Park History

A tract of 40 acres was donated in 1933 by John C. Ainsworth and his wife, Alice. Additional land was purchased in 1947 and 1966. Original picnic facilities and trails were constructed in 1935 by Civilian Conservation Corps workers. John Churchill Ainsworth (1870-1943) was a prominent Oregon businessman and banker (U. S. National Bank) in Portland. He served as chairman of the State Highway Commission 1931-1932 and was the son of Captain J. C. Ainsworth, pioneer steam-boatman and founder of the Oregon Steam Navigation Company.

Nesmith Point Trail

Oregon State Parks Ainsworth State Park page
Ainsworth, Memaloose and Viento State Parks brochure (Adobe pdf)
Columbia River Gorge Oregon State Parks Brochure (Adobe pdf)
Oregon State Parks Pets in Parks brochure
Oregon State Parks website
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Camping page
Mount Hood National Forest Camping page