SUCCOR CREEK CAMPGROUND
Nestled in the steep gorges of the Succor Creek State Natural Area, the Succor Creek Campground features water and green in the high desert. It also makes a fine basecamp for daytrips into the Honeycombs, Painted Canyon and Leslie Gulch.
Highlights: Succor Creek Campground is ground zero for rockhounders searching for thundereggs—the spherical geodes that contain agates and other beautiful minerals. (They are also Oregon’s state rock!) It’s also a green oasis where birders will find a plethora of species and wildlife spotters can walk up from the east side of the campground to watch raptors, bighorn sheep and mule deer. This is great launching point for a trip into the Honeycombs area or a Painted Canyon loop hike.
Need to Know: The gravel road into Succor Creek from Jordan Valley gets narrow after the junction with Leslie Gulch. Trailers or RVs are not encouraged if you’re coming in from this side. The drive in from Adrian is more straightforward and can be accomplished by almost all passenger cars under dry conditions. For a more secluded, pedestrian-centric camping experience, head to one of the 12 tent camping sites on the east side of Succor Creek. The other six camping sites see more motorized and RV use. Watch for poison ivy both up and downstream along Succor Creek.
Getting there: From Highway 201 outside the town of Adrian, drive 15 miles down into Succor Creek State Natural Area. From Jordan Valley, take Highway 95 north for 27 miles and turn left at the sign for Succor Creek. Take this road 8.5 miles to a T-shaped junction at the Rockville School, where you will head left toward Succor Creek for another 1.8 miles. Stay straight at the junction for the final 10 miles into Succor Creek.
Elevation: Approximately 2,800 feet
Amenities: 18 campsites, with 12 tent-only on the east side of the creek. Picnic tables and a pit toilet on the west side of the creek. No water is provided, although water can be found in the creek. It must be treated or filtered.
Best time to go: Late spring, early summer and fall.