5/5 (1 reviews)

Toll Gate Campground Mt. Hood National Forest

Campground Details

  • Campground Rating: 5/5 (1)
  • Number of Campsites: 15
  • Avg. Overnight Fee: 20
  • Drinking Water: Yes
  • Toilets: Vaulted
  • Camphost on Site: Yes
  • Fires Allowed: Yes
  • Cell Service: Yes, Most Carriers
  • Season: May - End of October
  • Nearest Store (Miles): 1
  • GPS: 45.32194,-121.90528
  • Elevation: 1,700 ft.
  • Showers: No
  • Firewood for Sale: Yes

Tollgate Campground Description

A campground right off Highway 26? Literally, just yards off the busy road? Yes! Tollgate campground is just outside of Rhododendron, Oregon. Forget about Highway 26 – this place is fantastic. The few sites near the road will hear the road. The rest are adjacent to the Zigzag River, and the white noise of the cascades offers a soothing background. The sites are in an old growth forest dominated by massive Douglas fir and, yes, rhododendrons. Some sites have old style CCC fireplace, complete with chimney. The drinking water is cold and crisp. There is a trail into town. Easy Highway 26 access allows a quick drive to the ample hiking opportunities of Government Camp. Reservations are necessary.
All those cars speeding by on Highway 26 are missing one of the best campgrounds in the area. Stop and check it out. You will be pleasantly surprised. RVs and camping trailers not recommended due to the small size of this campground and tight turns and corners to get through it.
Nearby you can find plenty of activities as you are a short drive from Government Camp, Timberline Lodge, Trillium Lake and many, many hiking trails. If you find that Tollgate Campground is full or just don’t like it continue a couple miles up Highway 26 to Camp Creek Campground.

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Other Nearby Campgrounds

Camp Creek

2.2 Miles Away


Mcneil Campground Sign
4.6 Miles Away

Riley Horse Camp

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4.7 Miles Away

Lost Creek

Lost Creek Campground
5.4 Miles Away

Still Creek

8.4 Miles Away
*Distances are as the crow flies

Attractions/Activites near this campground

Umbrella Falls

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11.9 Miles Away

Sahale Falls

Sahale Falls Waterfall Mt. Hood Oregon
12.9 Miles Away

Elk Meadows Trailhead

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13.2 Miles Away

Little Crater Lake

Little Crater Lake
14.2 Miles Away

Buck Lake

14.7 Miles Away
*Distances are as the crow flies

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So glad this campground made the list, I think it’s lovely. It might not be great for campers or RV’s because the road is a bit narrow and tight, but I think it’s great for tent camping. You can find spots right on the creek if you’re lucky. There is a bit of hiking right from the campground, but you’re basically in the midst of hiking heaven if you’re willing to drive a bit. There are tons of thing to do in the area if you want a fun day trip like rock climbing or heading up to Timberline. Tollgate is also a historical location named for the tollgate that operated during the Oregon Trail days. A short hike from the campground takes you to a spot where you can see where the tollgate stood.


This place sucks! The recreation.gov makes it seem light and airy and FLAT. It’s not! It’s dark damp and extremely steeply sloped. We couldn’t find anywhere to put either the tent or trailer because site #10 was so sloped. We left and found accommodation elsewhere but couldn’t get out $70 back because we didn’t cancel 48 hrs in advance.
A rip off.