Camp Cascade’s developed grounds include numerous playing fields. Soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball, football and basketball are just a few of the activities available. There are a number of paths winding through the woods for walkers and joggers, and a nearby public hiking trail follows the Little North Fork.
Indoor recreation opportunities include tables in both lodges with plenty of room for board games or cards, a cozy fireplace or stove to gather around for evening singing or late-night ghost stories, and a game room, depending upon availability.
Elkhorn Valley Golf Course (2.9 miles/3 minutes from Camp Cascade)
Elkhorn Golf Course offers 18 challenging holes of golf in one of the most spectacular Pacific Northwest settings. Elkhorn Valley Golf Course is an award winning course with truly majestic views. The course in Lyons, Oregon features 6,242 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 70.6 and it has a slope rating of 126 on Blue grass. Designed by Don Cutler, the Elkhorn Valley golf course opened in 1976. Since it opened, golfers from the Northwest and throughout the country have traveled to the little Santiam River Valley to Elkhorn to test their skills against its tight fairways, bordered by knee high grass, lakes and canyons just waiting to gobble up golf balls.
Salmon Falls Park (.5 miles from Camp Cascade)
Salmon Falls Park is a picnicking, fishing, and hiking destination within walking distance of Camp Cascade. Salmon Falls itself, is the largest waterfall along the Little North Fork Santiam River, plunging about 30 feet. There is a 250-foot-long cliff wall that bisects the riverbed and a fish ladder enclosed within the natural bedrock on the far bank. Whether you’re looking to fish, hike, or just enjoy the natural beauty of your surroundings, Salmon Falls Park is a great option.
Opal Creek Wilderness and Scenic Recreation Area (.5 miles from Camp Cascade)
The Opal Creek Forest has a rich cultural and natural history. It is believed that the Santiam Molalla Indians made their summer camp at the site of what is now known as Jawbone Flats, and the Whetstone Mountain Trail that crosses the valley was a frequent trade route. Opal Creek’s ancient rainforest is a remnant of the forest that once stretched from the Pacific Coast to the crest of the Cascades and from southeast Alaska to northwest California. The forest is home to a myriad of plants and animals. Opal Pool, is located in a scenic gorge, and is a destination for hikers.