L. L. “Stub” Stewart Memorial State Park is a 1654acre Oregon state park in Washington County near the community of Buxton. When the park opened in 2007 it was the first new full-service state park in Oregon since 1972. The park includes hiking trails, horseback riding, RV and tent campsites, and cabins among other amenities. Located off Oregon Route 47 in the foothills of the Northern Oregon Coast Range, the park connects to the Banks–Vernonia State Trail.Use our Buxton road trip planning site to visit Stub Stewart State Park on your trip to Buxton, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Plans for a park in Washington County began in the late 1990s. By 2001 a master plan had been completed and the acquisition of land for the park began. Construction began in 2003 when roads were installed to the park area from Highway 47. By 2005 construction of the facilities and campgrounds had begun on the $18 million facility. The park was scheduled to open for the Memorial Day weekend in May 2007, but the opening was delayed until July 8, 2007.
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 which honors the memory of lumberman and state representative Loren LaSells "Stub" Stewart, who had died in January of that year. He had served an extended time on the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission, the co-owner of lumber company and a noted philanthropist. The park opened mountain bike-only trails in June 2012, the first in the state.
Stub Stewart State Park reviews
Stub Stewart State Park is a good base camp for biking the Banks-Vernonia State Trail, which crosses the entrance to the park, near the highest point in the trail. The park also has many hiking... more »
When we first came here, the grounds were pretty barren. Many years later, it has trees and looks much nicer. Kinda what you would expect from an Oregon campground. But where are the trash... more »
The views are amazing! It's close to hiking and biking trails and there is even a play structure for the kids. They offer flush toilets and hot showers which is a plus in my book. The rangers are nice and helpful and offer classes to learn about nature, camping and the park. The campsites have hookups and fire pits with wood bundles that you can buy. I'm really impressed with this campsite. We even saw deer walk through the campsite from time to time. It's a great place for families, friends and couples. I love this place and will be coming back again and definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys camping and wants to explore a neat place.
I was surprised by this park. It has a lot to offer. They have great mountain bike trails and a disc golf course. It is beautiful and the rangers were very helpful. I thought that it was a great price. We stayed at the campsite that you have to hike into. They even have little carts to help carry your gear to camp. Great place I hope to return.
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