Just 34 miles west of Portland is the best backyard imaginable. Set on a forested hillside, Stub Stewart State Park offers a variety of camping opportunities and boundless trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Enjoy a family gathering at Hilltop Day-use Area, where you can enjoy the grand westward view or set off to explore the trail system. A picnic shelter is available for groups and can be reserved. Your dog can romp freely in our off-leash pet area.
Just east of Hilltop are two mountain-style disc golf courses. The nine-hole course is beginner-friendly while the 18-hole course challenges intermediate and advanced players. Buy discs at the Stub Stewart Welcome Center, where bike helmets, water bottles and more are also for sale. Next door is the Discovery Depot, where information awaits on the area's flora, fauna, and park history.
Nearly 30 miles of trails wind through the park’s 1,800 acres, many with names recalling the area’s logging history. Equestrians can park at the Clayhill Horse Staging Area to access miles of horse-friendly trails. The park also boasts some of the best mountain bike trail riding in the state parks system, with 15 miles of trails for all skill level. The paved 21-mile Banks-Vernonia State Trail also passes through the park and is popular for walking, biking and horseback riding. Park trails connect to the Banks-Vernonia State Trail, or park at any of its six trailheads.
Note: Trails are multi-use and shared by equestrians, mountain bikers and hikers.
Whatever your preference, Stub Stewart has a campsite that fits your style. The Dairy Creek Campground offers a typical camping experience with both full hook-up sites and non-hookup tent sites to choose from, each with fire ring and picnic table. Our rustic cabins provide a bit more comfort, with four walls, electricity and heat. We even have hike-in sites for a more primitive experience. For more details on all site types, see our campground map.
Campsites and day-use facilities can be reserved up to 6 months in advance at our partner site, oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com. The reservation window and some services are reduced due to Covid-19; see items in bold below.
The park has 15 cabins (5 pet-friendly). Due to COVID-19, reservations are required and additional cleaning protocols are in place:
It’s a short .3-mile hike to the Brooke Creek Camp, but the 20 sites feel a world away from the park’s more developed areas. The camp has two vault toilets and two large communal fire rings. Half the sites are reservable; the other half are first-come, first-served.
The camp’s 13 well-appointed sites have full hook-ups and four-stall and six-stall corrals with nearby manure bins. Access miles of multi-use trails straight from the campground. (Note: you must have a pack animal to stay in the horse camp.)
Hilltop Picnic Shelter
Dairy Creek West Meeting Hall (CLOSED)
Mountain Dale Cabin Village Meeting Hall (CLOSED)
Each facility has nearby ADA accessible parking. Paths to Hilltop shelter and Mountain Dale meeting hall are paved. Path to Dairy Creek meeting hall is compacted gravel.
-Restaurants are in Banks and Vernonia, 10-11 miles away.
-Fuel is in Banks, or in Vernonia.
-Grocery stores are in Banks and Vernonia or a small convenience store near Manning (near the DQ on Hwy 26).
At the registration station from a park ranger.
Stub Stewart State Park and the Banks-Vernonia State Trail encompass what is called a stacked-loop trail system. This means that you have the ability to start at the easiest trails and progress through the trail systems to the most advanced.
-On the Banks-Vernonia State Trail, the first 7 miles from Banks and the first 8 miles from Vernonia. Paved with minimal grade changes (~2%)
- On the Banks-Vernonia State Trail, the middle portion north of Buxton Trailhead and south of Tophill Trailhead. Paved with slightly more advanced grades (2-5%)
Easier (soft surfaced):
-From Hilltop Day-use Area, Boomscooter Trail to Unfit Settlement intersection is easier but hard past that.
-From Hilltop Day-use Area, Hooktender Horseshoe towards Hares Canyon Trail is easier but as the visitor goes further, can get difficult with elevation change.
Harder (soft surfaced):
-Hares Canyon Trail is difficult due to elevation change and distance.
-Bumping Knots Loop is difficult because of the rough trail, elevation change, and distance.
-Unfit Settlement View advances to the highest point in the park
Hardest (singletrack, soft surfaced):
-Cross-country trails starting at 21N
-Freeride trails within mountain bike area.
-Park at Hilltop Day-use Area.
-At the beginning of Hooktender Horseshoe is where Hole 1 is and there is a trail that leads through the 18 holes.
-Park at Hilltop Day-use Area.
-The entrance to 9 hole is just to the left of the entrance to the 18 hole course.
-In the woods on the north end between West and East Camp.
-Access from the trail that links the two camp loops on the north side, just south of the Amphitheater.
-We only have small creeks and seasonal streams with no swimming holes.
-Nehalem River in Vernonia has a designated swimming area.
-Fishing at Vernonia Lake is pretty good.
Firewood is available for purchase in each camp and cabin loop for $5 for ~7 split pieces of dry wood from 5-8pm. Exact change is appreciated.
Ice is available for purchase at the park office Monday-Friday from 10-12pm for $3 per bag and at the Depot Friday 12-4pm, Sat & Sun from 10-4pm. Block & Cubed available. CASH or card. Ice sales benefit the Friends of Stub Stewart State Park and the Banks Vernonia State Trail. Proceeds come back into the park.
Due to COVID19 The Discovery Depot is open for sale items only at the window.
The Discovery Depot Interpretive Center is a Visitor Center located at the Stub Stewart Welcome Center. The Discovery Depot has park and local information, interpretive displays, and items available for purchase through the Friends of Stub Stewart State Park and the Banks-Vernonia State Trail. The Discovery Depot is open Friday 12-4pm, Saturday & Sunday 10-4pm.
ATV Permits are available online at www.oregonstateparks.org.
All reservations are paid in full for the campsite or cabin. Check the "Incoming Reservations" list to ensure your campsite or cabin. Complete Self-registration envelope with site, name and primary vehicle license plate information, tear off top white copy and put it on dash of vehicle, drop the envelope in Pay Box and proceed to campsite.
One vehicle is included per site. If you have additional vehicles coming in, have them pay as they arrive ($7 per night) and register the same way.
If you are looking for more than 1 night, then you must speak with a ranger. Please look at campground brochure to see which sites are right for you. Reservation tags are posted in each site for campers coming that day. Camper should pick one that is available and get settled. Within 30 minutes, fill out a Self Registration Envelope, and place it in one of the Pay Boxes at the head of each loop. For cabins, they should speak to the camp host or ranger.
-We do not make reservations here at the park. Call Reserve America or go online at https://stateparks.oregon.gov
Upon arrival, register vehicle and extra vehicles either at Registration Station or with Self Registration Envelope and place it in one of the Pay Boxes located at the head of each loop. Extra vehicles are $7 per night, and you are not able to pay for this when you make your reservation. Please pay for extra vehicles within 30 minutes of arrival.
-Maximum of 8 people in a campsite.
-Maximum of 5 people in a cabin.
Check-in is at 4pm. Check-out is a 1pm for RV and Tent reservations. Check-out is at 11 am for cabin resrvations. If you arrive before 4pm for a reserved site please wait until 4pm to enter your cabin or campsite.
- No, it is required that you have an equine or pack animal in the corral in the campsite.
- Please horses or pack animals must arrive on the first day of the reservation and stay for the entire reservation.
- Contact the Park for questions.
-If the visitor is here to only recreate on the BV Trail, then direct them to one of the 6 trailheads on the trail.
-If they would like to access the BV Trail from Hilltop Day-use Area, then there are a number of routes via the natural surface trails.
-Stub Stewart State Park was not built with a specific trailhead for the BV Trail, just a loading zone and 2 ADA parking spots.
-Natural surface trails are great for mountain biking and are multi-use.
-Advanced riders should look to North Caddywhomper Way (21N) for singletrack trails designated for cross-country and freeride mountain biking.
-The Banks-Vernonia Trail is perfect for street bikes and users of any age.
Due to reduced staffing, we are not issuing stargazing permits until further notice. Stargazing after hours is not allowed for day-use visitors parked in day-use lots. Campers may still walk to Hilltop to stargaze.
Currently the ONLY location that drones are authorized in L.L. Stub Stewart State Park and the Banks-Vernonia Trail and all adjacent trail heads is at the Hilltop Day Use Area inside the park. If the operator of the drone is asked to stop flying or is bothering other guests, then flight must STOP immediately.
We ask that you refrain to having mail delivered to camp sites due to the diffculty to getting mail to the recipient or having to try to forward mail if you have departed.
No, we do not have a dumpstation but there is one in the town of Vernonia for a fee.
No, unless you are a camper you may not fill up your fresh water tanks. There is a place in Vernonia that you can get water for a fee.
No, the leash law applies at all times unless you are in a dog off leash area. The only dog off leash area at this time in the park is at Hilltop day use and it is fenced.
COVID19 may affect hours
Summer - May 1st to October 1st - 7 AM till 9 PM. Restrooms are open from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Fall/Winter/spring - October 2 to April 30th - 7 AM till 7 PM
Opened in 2007. Named for OPRD’s number one supporter, Loran L. “Stub” Stewart, who served nearly 40 years on the State Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission. Hares Canyon Horse Camp is named for Joseph Coulson Hare, a long-time Washington County resident who served as a mayor of Hillsboro and operated a successful lumber business. The campgrounds were the first built by OPRD since Cape Blanco State Park’s campground opened in 1972. The park lands were acquired through exchanges with the Oregon Department of Forestry, Washington County, the Oregon Military Department, the Division of State Lands, the Oregon Department of Transportation, Longview Fibre Company and a private land owner.