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L.L. Stub Stewart State Park

Near Portland, Oregon, United States

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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.

Park Trails

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.

Year-round Camping

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 30 days 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.

  • 78 Full-hookup RV sites
  • 12 walk-in tent sites with water nearby
  • 15 cabins (5 pet-friendly) OPEN – Reservation required
  • Playground (east loop)
  • 3-hole beginner disc-golf course
  • Flush toilets NO SHOWERS
  • Firewood for sale
  • Reservable Meeting Hall Facilities CLOSED
  • Universal Access: 3 sites at Dairy Creek West, 2 sites at Dairy Creek East and 13 cabins are accessible to campers with disabilities.

Hike-in camping (CLOSED until May 2021)

It’s a short .3-mile hike to the Brooke Creek Camp, but sites feel a world away from the park’s more developed areas. The camp has two vault toilets and two large communal fire rings.

Hares Canyon Horse Camp (seasonal)

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.)

Other Reservable Facilities

 

Hilltop Picnic Shelter

  • Covid-19 restrictions in place: max 30 people; face covers required.
  • Pets allowed
  • Picnic tables, sink and prep area
  • 2 charcoal grills
  • $50/day

Dairy Creek West Meeting Hall (CLOSED)

  • 50 persons max capacity, no pets allowed
  • Indoor tables, chairs and sink; no refrigerator.
  • Wood burning stove (indoor), 1 fire pit, 2 charcoal grills
  • Indoor electric heat
  • Projector screen
  • $75/day

Mountain Dale Cabin Village Meeting Hall (CLOSED)

  • 50 persons max capacity, no pets allowed
  • Outdoor picnic tables (ADA accessible)
  • 2 charcoal grills
  • Indoor tables and chairs
  • Kitchen with microwave, oven, fridge/freezer, sink and cabinets. No plates or utensils.
  • Wood burning stove, indoor electric heat, and 2 restrooms
  • Projector screen
  • $200/day

ADA Accessibility
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.

Effective May 27, 2020
A logging project for forest health will close several areas of the park. 
  • The following trails are open Saturdays and Sundays only:
    • Widow Maker
    • Jackstrawed tarry
    • Brooke Creek trail
    • Hares Canyon trail below Widow Maker
  • The Brooke Creek Hike-in Camp will be closed until May 2021.

mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use Year Round
COVID-19 may affect dates
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COVID-19 may affect dates
mdi-currency-usd Day-use parking permit required
(purchase 1-day permit on site)
Buy annual parking permit
mdi-cellphone Call for reservations: 800-452-5687
Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: 503-324-0606
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Amenities & Features

Questions

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Where is the closest restaurant, fuel station, or grocery store?

-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).

 

Where are bike helmets sold?

At the registration station from a park ranger.

Which are the easiest/hardest trails?

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.


Easiest (paved):
-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.
 

Where is the disc golf course or little-3 course?

18-hole Course:
-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.

9-hole Course:

-Park at Hilltop Day-use Area.

-The entrance to 9 hole is just to the left of the entrance to the 18 hole course.

 

Little-3 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.
 

Where is fishing or swimming?

-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.
 

Is firewood available for purchase? Is Ice available for purchase?

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. 

Where do I get information? What's the Discovery Depot?

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.

Where can I purchase an ATV permit?

ATV Permits are available online at www.oregonstateparks.org.

mdi-help-circle-outline About Camping

Just arrived for a reservation?

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.

Just arrived to camp without reservation?

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.

 

Making reservations for the future?

-We do not make reservations here at the park. Call Reserve America or go online at https://stateparks.oregon.gov

 

What does the visitor do with a second vehicle for a campsite?

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.

How many people are allowed in a campsite or cabin?

-Maximum of 8 people in a campsite.
-Maximum of 5 people in a cabin.

When can we check-in to our campsite or cabin? When is check-out?

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. 

Can I camp in horse camp without an equine or pack animal?

- 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.

 

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Can I park here to access the Banks-Vernonia State Trail?

-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.

Where can I ride a bicycle?

-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.

Can I stargaze after posted day-use hours?

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.

Are Drones allowed in the park?

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.

Can I have mail delivered to my camp site?

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.

Can I dump my sewer if I am not a camper?

No, we do not have a dumpstation but there is one in the town of Vernonia for a fee.

Can I fill up my fresh water tank at the park?

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.

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Can I have my dog off leash if I am riding a mountain bike or a horse?

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.

mdi-help-circle-outline Day use/Special Events

Wondering what our day-use hours are at Stub Stewart State Park?

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

 

For more questions, review our statewide FAQ

History

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.

Brochures and Maps

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Photos & Video

Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details. Campfire restrictions may be in place.