3/5 (1 reviews)

McNeil Campground Mt. Hood National Forest Oregon

Campground Details

  • Campground Rating: 3/5 (1)
  • Number of Campsites: 43
  • Avg. Overnight Fee: 15
  • Drinking Water: No
  • Toilets: Vaulted
  • Camphost on Site: No
  • Fires Allowed: Yes
  • Cell Service: No
  • Season: 2011-05-01 - 2011-10-31
  • Nearest Store (Miles): 5
  • GPS: 45.38372,-121.86806
  • Showers: No
  • Firewood for Sale: No

McNeil Campground Description

McNeil Campground is located just outside Zigzag, Oregon in the Mount Hood National Forest. It is a large campground providing little charm in rustic sites among a sick looking grove of sparse trees. Although there are old taps scattered around, there is no drinking water. Vault toilets are tired looking. Camp site amenities are limited to well worn picnic tables and a hodgepodge of thrown together fire pits. The scenery is dominated by a BPA clear cut for high tension lines. The whole site feels dry, dusty, and like a transplant from Oklahoma. If you need to camp in this area, drive by McNeil and head for lost Creek.

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Other Nearby Campgrounds

Riley Horse Camp

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0.3 Miles Away

Lost Creek

Lost Creek Campground
1.5 Miles Away


Toll Gate Campground Sign
4.6 Miles Away

Camp Creek

5.5 Miles Away

Lost Lake

Lost Lake Campground Oregon
8.5 Miles Away
*Distances are as the crow flies

Attractions/Activites near this campground

Umbrella Falls

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10.7 Miles Away

Sahale Falls

Sahale Falls Waterfall Mt. Hood Oregon
11.9 Miles Away

Elk Meadows Trailhead

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12.2 Miles Away

Tilly Jane Trail

13 Miles Away

Twister Falls

Twister Falls
13.7 Miles Away
*Distances are as the crow flies
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2 years ago

I camped at McNeil way back in the 90s and always enjoyed it.
After a decade or so I went back and still like it. It is less maintained, and has no potable water. But has also been free. THere has been no one there to handle payments and the payment box was closed.

And yes, it’s forest type is drier, more like the east side of the mountain.

3 years ago

The reason the trees are “sick-looking” is that this is a rather recent volcanic lehar . Makes for an extremely interesting ecology with lots of mosses and lichens. It is drier than surrounding areas, meaning less mosquitos.

8 years ago

We actually like it here. We were up over the fourth of July weekend and while everything else was busy and full…this campground was quiet with only a handful of campers. I kind of liked the fact that it was so different than the other campgrounds on Mt. Hood 🙂