Campground Review: Pine Near RV Park

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Pine Near RV Park

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Pine Near RV Park 48.476252, -120.180057

Pine Near RV Park is located right in the heart of Winthrop, Washington. It is only in its second season under new ownership. Only a 3 and a half hour drive from Seattle this park is a convenient location right of the North Cascades Scenic Highway. It is the perfect stopping point if you are doing the scenic Cascade Loop a drive that would take 8+ hours to complete or if you were like us, coming back from the northeast part of the state after visiting Ferry County and Curlew Lake State Park.

Location:

Part of the Shafer Museum visible right across the street.

Part of the Shafer Museum visible right across the street.

You do not get a better location than this. This park is literally within walking distance of all of the goodness of the quaint western themed town of Winthrop. Across the street you’ll find the fantastic Shafer Museum, a place filled with amazing treasures from the old western days. You can either take the road or use the walking path at the museum to get into town, where you can visit the many shops and restaurants downtown. We chose this location as it was a halfway point on our week-long trip and was also within stumbling distance of the Old Schoolhouse Brewery the place the men did not get to go on our previous trip last year. We did not want to disappoint Dad this time around, who was up visiting from Florida again for a taste of that Old Schoolhouse beer.  There is more to Winthrop than just beer however. My parents who were along for the trip took morning walks down to the bakery for coffee and scones with their dog. The kids were treated to some really amazing ice cream from Sheri’s Sweet Shop as well just a nice stroll away. Enough time to finish the double scoop waffle cone on the walk back. This is easily the most convenient location we’ve ever stayed at before in relation to being so close to town and just outside of town a whole world of recreating activities await you. Winthrop has been hit so hard this year by mother nature and could use the business so if you have the time take a trip out and support to locals.

Things to do in the area:

 

Campsites:

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site #14

There is honestly not much to these campsites. It is basically a beautiful grass field with your own defined space separated by boulders or your hook up post. You just pull on up next to your hook up post and you are good. There is not a whole lot of privacy between sites and only a few trees. The spots are large and level with their own picnic table and fire pit (no fires this time as we were under a fire ban). This is not a very large park as there are only 30 rv sites and a handful of tent sites as well as some really cool tepees you can rent. This park is big rig friendly so no real worry about maneuvering here. No problems with the hook ups, well other then no power when we arrived but that was because of the entire valley being without power due to wildfires. We were able to move the picnic table where we wanted easily and we were good to go. No issues with pop outs or awnings in any site. The rates are reasonable and they accept AAA, Good Sam, and Passport America.

Amenities:

Top of the line laundry facilities

Top of the line laundry facilities

You don’t really come to this park looking for a KOA type experience, you come here for the proximity to Winthrop and all the things you can do in town. The amenities are adequate including 50 amp service for big rigs. The wi-fi was the best I’ve ever had at any rv park. I could actually stream movies on it. There is an on site really nice laundry facility there with bathrooms and showers that are tiled like a really nice hotel would be. We had to use the laundry room twice, once because it was our midway stopping point on our week-long trip and twice because our youngest threw up everywhere (too much ice cream at Sherri’s Sweet Shop we think). Luckily they had big enough washing machines and dryers for his comforter and blankets.

Kid Friendly:

Deer Grazing in the campground

Deer Grazing in the campground

There is no playground or pool at this park which was a bummer for our kids however with the entire town of Winthrop in your back yard you do not really need them. The field was playground enough for our boys. Enough room to throw the football around at least and lots of room to watch the tons of deer that frequent the park. The deer came right up to them without fear at all of humans. The excellent wi-fi was a bonus for them as well especially being without internet of any kind for the 5 days prior to our arrival.

Pet Friendly:

Well behaved pets of all kinds are welcome here. We even were greeted by a very fluffy white cat one night as we sat outside chatting. That cat was not afraid at all of the 3 dogs at our site. The deer roam around at all times too so keep your dogs leashed. Our dogs liked the grass. I was initially worried before coming to this park about the proximity to the road in case of a pug breaking free of her harness (one of our pugs tries to chase cars sometimes). The park isn’t fenced so I was nervous about that but the road is not busy at all.

We really enjoyed our time at this park. It was the perfect stop over point for our trip. I just wanted to mention that the owners of this park are fantastic. Anna worked with us over the Christmas holiday break to make sure we got our reservations even while having a family member in the hospital. On top of that we arrived smack in the middle of all the devastating wildfires. When we arrived power was out and she kept us updated and personally came by our site to welcome us. They were also busy doing laundry for the national guard out fighting the fires which was nice to see. We will most certainly be back when we feel the need for some more Old Schoolhouse beer. Have you been to Pine Near RV Park? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

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  • Pine Near Campground

    Thank you for the detailed review Tonja. Your candid and entertaining (think kids – and too much ice cream – happens frequently in this fun town!) description will help others. Warmly, ~Anna Kominak, Owner http://www.pinenearpark.com

    • campingourway

      Absolutely we enjoyed our stay very much.