We went on a camping trip to Armitage Park Campground in Eugene, OR. Armitage Park is one of the Lane County campgrounds. We stayed at site 16.
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Site 16 was level and easy to park our 20 foot trailer in. The site itself was fairly small, not much space other than the picnic table and fire ring. It was positioned with bushes around it so your neighbors were slightly hidden. Though it was one of the most secluded spaces there you really had no real seclusion.
We spent a lot of time at site 8 as well. That site was a pull-through and easily fit a 36 foot fifth wheel. The way site 8 (and many of the other sites) is positioned forces you to set up camp right next to the road. This takes away from any illusion of seclusion. Luckily, the campground was very calm and quiet so this didn’t feel like a safety issue.
The sites all had full hook-ups. The campground was very quiet and peaceful. Everything was green and beautiful. The sites were small and not secluded but other than that it was a nice place to camp.
Armitage Park also had a well maintained laundry room. Just make sure you bring quarters and laundry detergent to take advantage of it.
We were there in June and had some rain. Based on how green everything was around there I would guess that is a common occurrence. It wasn’t too cold though and the kids were excited to use their umbrellas for a few minutes.
There isn’t much to do at the campground itself. The reason why we stayed here though is because it’s only a few minutes away from downtown Eugene. We had a few activities we wanted to do in Eugene.
First, we went to the Better Living Room by Ninkasi Brewing. Ninkasi is one of our favorite breweries so we needed to come check out their pub. It did not disappoint. The kids loved the metal dinosaur statues they had around. And the food was some of the best brewery food we’ve had. The soft pretzels with a gouda cheese dip were definitely the best soft pretzels of our entire Oregon trip, and probably even the best I’ve had in general.
Ninkasi was also extremely dog-friendly. Each table had a hook to clip a leash onto. And they brought our dog treats out. They also called him by his name and specifically said it’s okay if he barks, it’s not a problem.
After that we went to the Owen Rose Garden which was only a 3-minute drive from the Ninkasi Better Living Room. Owen Rose Garden is a free public garden where you can walk through and look at plenty of beautiful roses. All of the different varieties are labeled. It’s a beautiful place to walk.
The Owen Rose Garden backs up to the Willamette River. All along the river is a very large paved trail. So, we walked through the rose garden and then down along the river. The entire area was beautiful.
Right on the river trail was a massive playground. It was the RiverPlay Discovery Village Playground. It had all the normal play structures, plus a pretend village area, a stagecoach, a water area, sand area, and swings with oversized baby swings that can fit older kids.
The Dog-Friendly Hiking
Though we didn’t do any hiking, everything we did was dog-friendly. Ninkasi was dog-friendly, Owen Rose Garden, the path next to the Willamette River and the playground. Our dog enjoyed coming with us to all of those activities.
If we had been in Eugene longer I’m sure it would have been easy to find a dog-friendly hiking trail.
There is plenty of great local craft beer in Eugene and the rest of Oregon. While we were there we stuck with Ninkasi and were very happy with everything we tried.
Armitage Park is small but beautiful. It is located close to the heart of Eugene which makes it a great place to stay if you want to explore the city of Eugene.
Armitage Park Campground
90064 Coburg Rd, Eugene, OR 97408
Can reserve online at reservations.lanecounty.org. Reservations open 1 year ahead.