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State Parks in Oregon
Fun From the Cascades to the Coastline
May we suggest one easy way to experience outdoor Oregon during your next getaway?
Try visiting one of the many stunning state parks – scattered from the breathtaking scenery of the Oregon Cascades to the magnificence of the Oregon coast – during your vacation in the Beaver State.
Want to hit the beach? Be sure to visit Harris Beach State Park for a brisk walk along the Oregon coastline, accompanied by the occasional whale, seal, and even octopus sighting.
Traveling up the through central OR? Be sure to pull over for lunch and some adventure at Valley of the Rogue State Park and Silver Falls State Park.
Both parks offer scenic hikes, fishing opportunities, and what you may need most, cozy picnic spots.
Whether you’re packing a coat and scarf, or some sandals and a wide-brimmed hat, you’re destined to make memories in Oregon’s state parks.
Explore Coastal Treasures at Harris Beach State Park
Harris Beach State Park is a treasure set along the southern end of the Oregon Coast, near Brookings. It is known for its tide pools, sandy beaches, dramatic geological formations, and its wildlife and bird watching.
Located just offshore, Bird Island is home to an impressive seabird population – even Tufted Puffins have been spotted. It’s the largest of the Oregon Coast islands, and it acts as a National Wildlife Refuge. Chetco Point Park, south of the beach, often reveals seals and birds relaxing on the rocks.
Picnic on the beach, walk the coastal Sunset Point Trail or take the South Beach Trail to downtown Brookings. For advanced hikers, the 12-mile Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor is a must. Coastal paddleboard tours are also available.
See the Waterfalls of Silver Falls State Park
Set in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Silver Falls State Park’s 9,000+ acre property is Oregon’s largest state park and among the most popular. People flock to this Willamette Valley Region “crown jewel” for the seemingly endless recreational opportunities and the stunning waterfalls.
South Falls is the largest of the Park waterfalls. It drops 177 feet, and adventurers can look behind the rushing water when they trek the Trail of Ten Falls. As the name suggests, hikers walk through the forests to a series of stunning waterfalls. The entire loop runs 7.2 miles, but there are branch trails that create shorter, less strenuous routes. In all, 25 miles of trails have been developed for biking, horseback riding, hiking, and wildlife spotting.
Enjoy the Valley of the Rogue State Park
Valley of the Rogue State Park is an oasis in Southern Oregon, near Grants Pass. Made famous as a fishing spot for novelist Zane Grey, visitors flocks to the lush park to enjoy the three miles of shoreline scenery and the plethora of outdoor activities.
Take the short interpretive walking trail along the Rogue River. It connects with the 4-mile Rogue River Greenway Trail that runs the entire park. You can also canoe, kayak or boat along the river, bike the trails, and swim during the warmer months. And, of course, anglers have long made this among their favorite spots. Nature programs and other park events are often on the schedule, dependent on the weather.
Bush's Pasture Park
Covering almost 100 acres, Bush's Pasture Park is a public, botanical playground set in Salem near the Portland metro area. A must-see for history and art fans visiting northwestern Oregon, the park is open daily – and also includes the usual park activities like hiking, picnicking, and skating.
Bush's Pasture Park features the Bush Barn Art Center and Asahel Bush House – found on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Bush Barn also includes the Focus Gallery for local artists, and hosts the annual Salem Art Fair & Festival in July. The park also features the Willamette University's McCulloch Stadium and Spec Keene Stadium.
Cape Lookout State Park
Draw up travel plans for Oregon and head for the coast. You'll want to check out Cape Lookout State Park in Tillamook.
Drive in from nearby Lincoln City and enjoy one of the premier outdoor destinations in the state.
Cape Lookout State Park yields stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, and is easily accessed from Cape Lookout Road.
Enjoy a hike or nature walk along the Cape Lookout Trail, which guides you for more than two miles.
Cape Lookout State Park is open year round, and yields fun-filled days of hiking, fishing, picnics, and wildlife viewing.
Devils Lake State Park
Enjoy an outdoor excursion on your next visit to Lincoln City and the Oregon Coast. Check out all there is to do at Devils Lake State Park, one of the top attractions in the area. Anglers enjoy visits to Devils Lake State Park because of the bounty of fishing chances along Spring Creek and Devils Lake. Boaters are much the same. Find your own adventure during your Lincoln City visit.
With a surface area of nearly 680 acres, Devils Lake has plenty of space for boaters and anglers all year long. With its name derived from Native American legend – it was once believed a large marine creature lived in and would surface in the lake – Devils Lake is rich in cultural and historical significance.
Fort Rock State Park
As you travel through the Cascades of Oregon, near La Pine you'll discover Fort Rock State Park.
A top destination for those seeking the best views in central Oregon, Fort Rock State Park is open year round to the public, and is centered around the Fort Rock, an enormous volcanic "tuff ring."
Roughly 50,000 to 100,000 years in age, Fort Rock juts from the ground to heights of more than 200 feet, and sports a diameter of roughly 4,460 feet.
When you visit the Fort Rock State Park, expect stunning views of the Fort, exceptional hiking paths, and plenty of picnic spots.
Fort Stevens State Park
Constructed during the Civil War, Fort Stevens State Park now serves as an ideal destination for hiking trails, scenery, bird watching, and fishing along the Oregon coast. Set just a short drive west from nearby Astoria in Hammond, the 4,200-acre park yields fun-filled day for all.
Once a major defense system at the mouth of the Columbia River, Fort Stevens was in operation until the end of World War II. Today, open year-round, visitors are welcome to fish, swim, boat, go horseback riding, and catch a glimpse of the Peter Iredale Shipwreck.
L.L. Stub Stewart State Park
Found just west of the Portland Metro Area, L.L. Stub Stewart State Park is one of the premier parks in Oregon, and only minutes north from nearby Forest Grove. Named in honor of former Oregon state representative Loren LaSells "Stub" Stewart, this park is stretched across 1,654 acres within the northern Oregon coast range.
Stub Stewart State Park is open year round and features a wide range of activities. There's an 18-hole disk golf course, and the Discovery Depot, which yields insight into the flora and fauna of the area. Of course, don't miss abundant outdoor recreation, including biking and hiking along the 15 miles of trails.
Ontario State Recreation Site
Located on the west bank of the Snake River, Ontario State Recreation Site, also known locally as Snake River State Park, is located off Interstate 84, north of Ontario.
The area boasts peaceful eastern Oregon scenery and features clean grounds, picnic area, boat launch, and a swimming area.
The park is also popular with bird and wildlife watchers.
Catch glimpses of the blue heron, Canada geese, river otter, and deer mingling throughout the cottonwood trees, sumac, and fragrant junipers.
Located south of Ontario in eastern Oregon, the Owyhee Reservoir is a 53-mile long lake featuring colorful volcanic rock formations. The lake features excellent fishing opportunities and anglers often catch largemouth bass and black crappie.
Lake Owyhee State Park, which borders the reservoir, offers visitors two boat launches, picnic areas, and hot showers and flush toilets. Guests also enjoy scenic views and wildlife viewing opportunities and a beautiful drive to the lake from Oregon State Route 201.