Looking for a relaxing weekend getaway in your RV rental? Located just half an hour away from the stunning town of Cove, Catherine Creek Park offers spectacular views of Oregon’s rugged Wallowa Mountains and Catherine Creek. Far away from modern distractions, unplug and rewind on the hilly North Fork Catherine Creek Trail, or kick off your shoes and splash your feet in the cool water of the creek itself.
Once owned by a Mr. Collins, the land was gifted to the county so that it could remain a park. Later in the 1950s, after transferring hands to the state of Oregon, the land was developed for recreation and day-use for the public. To this day, camping near Catherine Creek State Park is a dream getaway for history enthusiasts, nature lovers and fishing addicts alike. From the Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway to the North Fork Catherine Creek Trail, there's something for everyone in this wilderness escape.
You’ll definitely want to bring a bike in your camper rental, as running right through Catherine Creek State Park is the Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway. Boasting a gorgeous 134-mile trail, the bikeway is reminiscent of paths taken by pioneers during the days of the Oregon Trail. Experience the rustic beauty of Oregon’s countryside as you watch the wind whip through windmills or see a cow grazing along the hill of an idyllic farmhouse. You won’t get bored along this trail, as panoramic views of the Blue Mountains, Elkhorn Range, and Wallowa Mountains enrapture the senses. Whether you're looking to do the full 134-mile trek or just a laid-back couple of miles, the trail is ideal for both.
If you prefer hiking, trail running, or walking, head over to the North Fork Catherine Creek Trail, where the under ten-mile round trip makes for a natural stress reliever. Sling some binoculars around your neck and be prepared for sights of mule deer, thrush, goshawk, and more! After hiking for a few miles or so, you can step off the trail to enjoy a picnic lunch by a ponderosa pine tree and listen to the peaceful sound of a lake trickling through the woods.
While at the park, cozy up on the bank of the water with a fishing rod and calm your soul with nature’s own music. While fishing, inhale a burst of fresh mountain air intermingled with butterscotch-scented ponderosa pine and fragrant sagebrush. Boredom floats away at Catherine Creek State Park as rainbow trout gather in abundance along the rushing waters. The folks back home will be so envious of all your amazing catches!
Camping at Catherine Creek State Park
Catherine Creek State Park features a cozy campground for tent and RV campers seeking an off-the-grid experience. You'll find just 20 sites here without any hookups. Flush toilets, drinking water, and firewood are available, but that's about it in terms of amenities.
If you'd rather camp in an RV at a resort with all the creature comforts, just 20 minutes away, in the luxurious city of La Grande, is the Grande Hot Springs RV Resort. With over 100 RV sites to choose from, the resort is a home away from home for motorhome camping with fire pits, dog stations, hot showers, picnic areas, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, and legendary soaking pools.
Full water, sewer, and electrical hookups are provided, and all 100 sites are 90 feet long and pull-through. Pets are welcome, as long as they are well taken care of, and there are even special walking areas designed specifically for pets. Peppered across the RV resort are numerous activities such as croquet, horseshoes, nature trails, a playground, and heated pool with unique mineral water said to have healing properties for the skin and mind. After a full day of biking, you'll be given the wonderful option to take a lovely soak in the hot water and dry off in your RV rental with a nice cup of hot coffee.
Exploring the Area
If you love window shopping, right in the town of La Grande, the full shopping experience awaits you at the local marketplace. With cuisine options for the whole family, shoppers can kick back and enjoy a hearty meal after an exciting day of shopping. Ever been to a mystery dinner party? La Grande hosts regular dinner events for the public to enjoy fine cuisine while watching a murder mystery right in front of their eyes. The best part is that the acting group is locally casted, directed, and produced!
Travel back in time at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, located under an hour away from the park in Baker City. Bringing to life a period in American history, the Interpretive Center is filled with living history demonstrations, fascinating exhibitions, and interpretive hiking trails. While in the area, the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is a must-see for the exploratory traveler. With over two million acres of sustainable ecosystems, the forest is a dream setting for hikers, bikers, ATV riders, horseback riders, and much more! Whatever speaks to you most, RV rentals in Union County will bring you one step closer to the dream getaway you deserve.