Campground Reviews: Maryhill State Park

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Maryhill State Park

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Maryhill State Park 45.682250, -120.827492 50 US Highway 97, Goldendale, WA, 98620 (509) 773-5007

 

 

Maryhill State Park is an oasis of green on the Columbia River just East of the Columbia River Gorge. With 99 acres and 4,700 feet of waterfront directly on the Columbia River this park is a destination park for many because of its recreational activities, and gorgeous setting. Open year round this park is a popular destination for camping, fishing, boating, windsurfing, kite surfing and more.  The campground offers 50 full hook up sites, and 20 tent sites.

Location:

Outside Ring

Outside Loop Spots some with private beach access

This park is located just off of Hwy 97, minutes away from several historic landmarks, museums, wineries and orchards. The Stonehenge Replica is a 5 minute drive up the hill with breathtaking views of the river, and of Mount Hood in the distance. The renowned Maryhill Museum of Art is a 15 minute drive away. Right next door to the Museum is the famous Maryhill Winery. There you can taste fabulous, award-winning, local wines. The Maryhill Amphitheatre also hosts several concerts with well-known artists. There are several local fruit stands within walking distance of the park. A 20 minute drive will get you to either the town of Goldendale or the town of Wasco on the Oregon side. Both towns have small grocery stores and other essentials. There is a McDonalds and a couple of gas stations right across the river from the park as well.

Things to see in the area:

Campsites:

Our Site #40

Our Site #40

The vast majority of the campsites at Maryhill are large, level and well spaced from your neighbor. There are 50 full hook up sites, situated in a large loop around a field of grass. Half of the sites have decent water views, some of the pull throughs on the outer loops even have semi-private beaches. Our site was in the middle field with a peek a boo view of the river. Our 35 ft trailer fit just fine in spite of the reservation system saying that it was only suitable for 18-32 ft trailers. The trailer pad is quite large. The sitting area is in the back of the trailer pad with a small fire pit. This park can get windy however. We only were able to use our awning one day of our 5 day stay. The rangers at this park were very visible and social. They would come around at night handing out stickers to the kids.

*you can see photos of every campsite when making reservations

Amenities:

Day Use Area Swim Beach

Day Use Area Swim Beach

This park has really nice facilities. The bathrooms are immaculate. Showers are pay only like all state parks(.50 for 3 minutes). Garbage cans were placed conveniently around the park. The day use area is fantastic. There is a nice swim beach and picnic area with picnic shelters with wind breaks. The boat launch is right at the beach with a convenient life vest borrowing station right there next to the launch. There are horseshoe pits at the day use area for your use as well. The beach is on the Columbia River so the water is cold to swim but feels good on a hot day. Windsurfers frequent this park and make for a fascinating show from the beach. The day use area is an easy walk from the campground loop as well. Discover Pass is required for the day use area if you’re not camping there. The rangers were ticketing people who didn’t have them. Our utilities at the park were great. Our air conditioner was sufficiently powered to keep the trailer nice and cool even on the hot days. There was good 3G service at the park as well as 5 bars of cell phone signal. We did not get any TV reception at this park.

Kid Friendly:

The kids enjoyed this park as there is a huge field to play football in. There is no playground at this park however. The kids also took full advantage of the sprinklers during the day. The swim beach is nice for kids. There is a shallow end and a deep end to keep track of the little ones.  The campground is nicely paved which makes for a nice surface for riding bikes and scooters, and just outside the park there is a nice low traffic road you can take your bikes and ride by the local fruit orchards. You could even ride your bike to the Stonehenge Memorial if you don’t mind a huge hill.

Pet Friendly:

Tuckered Out

Tuckered Out

This is a nice park for pets. The dogs enjoyed the nice grassy field to lounge in. Pets must be on a leash at all times and they have doggie bags scattered around the park for your convenience. No rattlesnake warning signs either which was a relief for me with the little dogs. Some of the sites with private beaches were great for those dogs who love to chase balls into the water. We saw several labs doing just that.

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