Pine Creek CG near Livingston and Yellowstone NP

Discussion in 'Montana' started by Zephyr, Oct 9, 2014.

  1. Zephyr

    Zephyr Active Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    central Oregon
    This is a gem of a Forest Service campground south of Livingston, near Yellowstone NP. Reservations are recommended.

    The CG was originally built by the CCC. Some campsites have the original stone fireplaces. The original water source, a piped spring, still comes out of the mountainside at the back of site 10.

    The access road is paved, but narrow with pull-outs and a couple of switchbacks. ItÂ’s not scary steep drop offs, but you will need to glance ahead and be prepared to take a pull-out if you meet another vehicle.

    The campground hosts are retired National Park Service from Yellowstone. They are friendly and helpful and take their job seriously.

    Many of the sites are deeper than they first appear. All have benches around the fire ring in addition to a picnic table. IMHO, sites 9 thru 12 are the best. Sites 11 and 12 are pull-thru and have the stone fireplaces. The sites towards the ends of the loops have the best combination of shade and privacy. The sites nearer the entrance lack the shrubs that provide privacy or lack big trees to provide shade.

    Amenities: Drinking water (plus the spring, if you are so inclined), vault toilets, bear-proof garbage containers, recycling, some bear lockers, a reservable picnic shelter in the center loop, and several hiking trails (take the hike to the waterfall!). The hosts have firewood for sale. As per the hosts, showers are available at the KOA down in the valley.

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