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L.L. Stub Stewart State Park in Oregon
If a camping trip to Oregon is in your future, if you want to go where horses are welcomed, or if you're looking for someplace new to go, check out the L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, Oregon's newest state park, which opened to the public July 8, 2007. The park is named after L.L "Stub" Stewart, a lumber company owner and state legislator, whose commitment to Oregon's State Parks helped them to grow by "leaps and bounds" during the nearly 40 years he served on Oregon's Park Commissions.
The park is located 31 miles west of Portland in the northwest corner of Oregon at 30380 NW Hwy 47, Buxton, Oregon.
The 1,650 acre park is open year round and has day use facilities along with camping facilities that include:
strong>Hares Canyon Horse Camp (the only fully accessible horse camp facility in Oregon's state park system): 14 full hookup campsites with four-stall corrals 2 double-size full hookup sites with six-stall corrals picnic table and fire ring at all sites fully-accessible shower-restroom with flush toilets and hot showers horse staging area vault toilets near the horse staging area universal access parking manure bins pay phone vending machines firewood purchase site direct access to horse trails
Brooke Creek Hike-In Camp, located 1/2 mile from the park's welcome center: 23 primitive hike-in campsites with picnic tables two restrooms (vault toilets with access to hot showers and flush toilets available at Dairy Creek Camps) two common fire areas with fire rings direct access to Brooke Creek Trail (note: no water is available at Brooke Creek)
Dairy Creek Camp West: 43, 50 amp, full hookup sites (2 are ADA accessible) 12 walk-in tent sites with water close by universal access parking picnic table and fire ring at all sites flush toilets and hot showers (ADA accessible) pay phone vending close to amphitheater firewood purchase site Dairy Creek Camp East (closed in the winter): 35 full hookup, 50 amp sites (2 are ADA accessible) flush toilets (ADA accessible) hot showers (ADA accessible) universal parking picnic table and fire ring at all sites vending pay phone firewood purchase site
Mountain Dale Cabin Village: 12, one-room cabins 3, two-room cabins note: all cabins except cabin number 2 and cabin number 3 are ADA Accessible flush toilets and shower building (ADA Accessible) vending pay phone firewood purchase site
To make reservations for the cabins or campsites call 1.800.452.5687 or go to ReserveAmerica, except for Hares Canyon Horse Camp reservations.
Availability at Hares Canyon Horse Camp can be checked online at ReserveAmerica but reservations need to be made by calling 1.800.452.5687. Reservations are accepted two days to to 9 months in advance. Some of the enjoyable activities in the park (besides hanging around your campsite and relaxing) include: horseback riding on the horse trails biking on the bike trails walking the 3.5 mile portion (and beyond) of the 22 mile long Banks-Vernonia Rails-to-Trails trail that runs directly through the park near the south entrance walking or hiking the park's other trails (there are currently 15 miles of trails; many of which are available for horseback riding and biking) visit the nature center bird watching watch the wildlife picnic enjoy the view of Hares Canyon that runs the length of the park and enjoy the view of the forest check out the amphitheater
In addition, Portland and all it has to offer in the way of entertainment and dining is only 31 miles away
Current expansion plans for the park include adding group camping areas, a group lodge, a star gazing tower, more trails and more cabins.
For more information about the park call 1.800.551.6949 or visit the official website.