Enjoy your drive through this scenic corridor surrounding Highway 18. Along the way, there's a place to pull off, stretch your legs and enjoy a spot of lunch amid a captivating ancient forest. If the time is right, get ready for some exciting wildlife viewing. A weekday would be the most peaceful, and give you a chance to discover the old growth Douglas-fir trees along the Salmon River. Stay alert for salmon, deer and Roosevelt elk. Exactly one mile east of the park entrance is a pull-out with a short trail leading to a swimming hole beneath more ancient trees.
Appraisal and negotiation for the initial land purchase was started by Sam Boardman, early in his tenure as the original State Parks superintendent. It was purchased from private owners primarily between 1935 and 1942, with later adjustments extending to 1984. The corridor is named for Henry B. Van Duzer (1874-1951), a member of the Oregon State Highway Commission and vice president of the Inman Poulsen Logging Company of Portland. Mr. Van Duzer was a strong supporter of Oregon State Parks and promoted the protection of roadside stands of native forest. He was chairman of the Oregon State Highway Commission from 1927 to 1931. The corridor was an early wagon road route from the Willamette Valley to the coast. John and Julia Boyer operated the Salmon River toll road on part of the corridor route in the period 1908-1920. There is a rest area at the site of an historic toll station. I