Thursday, September 8, 2011

Stub Stewart State Park, Oregon - an overview

Stub Stewart State Park, between Banks and Vernonia, is only 31 miles west of Portland and has more than 20 miles of trails which one can hike, bike, or ride a horse.

An overview of the park ~ upon entering the park, a Welcome Center is on the right, just before the two tent/RV campgrounds (Dairy Creek West is first, then Dairy Creek East). Just across (on the main road) from the Welcome Center is the Recycling Center – you can recycle glass, paper, plastic, cardboard, etc…).  A few more miles down the road on the left is the Hilltop Day-Use Area with picnic tables, an off-leash dog park, restrooms, and fabulous views of the coastal range. Further down the road, if one prefers to stay overnight in a cabin, is Mountain Dale Cabin Village with 12 one-room cabins, 3 two-room larger cabins, picnic tables and fire rings at every site, flush toilets & hot showers, and a meeting hall with a  kitchen. Continue to the end of the road, and you’ll find yourself at Hares Canyon Horse Camp.

Overall this state park is quite modern – all sites have 50 amps and are 50’ in length.  All area are wheelchair accessible and trails connect the two campgrounds, amphitheater, Welcome Station, other areas, and trails interconnect so you can take long or short walks/hikes/rides.

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