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L. L. “Stub” Stewart Memorial State Park, Oregon, USA
IUCN Category III (Natural Monument)

Park entrance
Map of the U.S. state of Oregon showing the location of L. L. “Stub” Stewart Memorial State Park
Location Washington County, Oregon, USA
Nearest city Vernonia
Coordinates 45°44′21″N 123°11′58″W / 45.73917°N 123.19944°W / 45.73917; -123.19944Coordinates: 45°44′21″N 123°11′58″W / 45.73917°N 123.19944°W / 45.73917; -123.19944
Area 1,654 acres (6.69 km2)
Governing body Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department

L. L. “Stub” Stewart Memorial State Park is a 1,654-acre (6.69 km2) Oregon state park near Buxton, Washington County, Oregon, in the United States. When the park opened in 2007 it was the first new full-service state park in Oregon since 1972.[1] The park includes hiking trails, horseback riding areas, RV camping areas, tent camping areas, and cabins among other features. Located off Oregon Route 47 in the foothills of the Northern Oregon Coast Range, the park connects to the Banks–Vernonia State Trail.

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History

Plans for a park in Washington County began in the late 1990s.[2] By 2001 a master plan had been completed and the acquisition of land for the park began.[3] Construction of the park began in 2003 when roads were installed to the park area from Oregon Route 47.[3] By 2005 construction of the facilities and campgrounds had begun on the $18 million dollar facility.[2] The park was scheduled to open for the Memorial Day weekend in May 2007, but was pushed back[1] and opened on July 8, 2007.[4]

View west from Hilltop Day Use Area

The working name for the park was Washington County State Park, but was later changed to Hare's Canyon State Park. In 2005, it was changed to the current name in honor of Stub Stewart who had died in January 2005. He had served an extended time on the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission and was a noted philanthropist as a co-owner of lumber company.[5]

Features

Located four miles (6 km) north of U.S. Route 26 and 11 miles (18 km) south of Vernonia on the east side of Oregon Route 47, Stub Stewart sits primarily on former timber land along the Banks–Vernonia State Trail.[2] Natural features include a hill that rises from 730 feet (220 m) above sea level to the 1,250-foot (380 m) level.[6] Other natural features of Stub Stewart Park are canyons and forests.[5] The built environment includes several vehicular bridges, a visitor center, cabins, day use areas, and horse camp area.[2] Other items include 78 camping sites that include 43 full utility hook-up sites, 23 hike in primitive campsites, 12 walk in tent sites, and 15 cabins.[6] These cabins share a central shower and restroom building.[6]

The horse camp contains 16 campsites. Fourteen horse campsites have single-RV parking and a four-stall corral.[6] Two horse campsites have a six-stall corral and double-RV parking. There are roughly 15 miles (24 km) of trails at the park.[6] It is the only full-service state park in the state’s second most populous county.[2] Plans are to add a group tent and day-use areas, a group lodge, a star gazing tower, single-track mountain bike trail and more cabins in a second phase when funds become available from the state lottery.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Gorman, Kathleen. "Opening of state park is set back to late June", The Oregonian, May 29, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Colby, Richard. "Building excitement", The Oregonian, June 23, 2005.
  3. ^ a b Stub Stewart State Park: Stewart timeline. Oregon State Parks & Recreation Department. Retrieved on February 28, 2008.
  4. ^ "Make reservations at the newest state park", The Hillsboro Argus, July 20, 2007.
  5. ^ a b Gorman, Kathleen. "Park laying groundwork for outdoors enthusiasts", The Oregonian, August 10, 2006.
  6. ^ a b c d e Official State Parks Fact Sheet. Oregon State Parks & Recreation Department. Retrieved on February 28, 2008.

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