Hiking the trails at LL Stub Stewart State Park

A lovely, green park on the Coastal Range in NW Oregon

Link to campground here: L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, OR
Link to map location here:  L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, OR

  1. Site Quality = 5/5
    This is Oregon’s newest State Park and the sites definitely reflect that. All are lovely, large (huge in fact!) flat gravel sites (mostly back-in with a few pull-thoughs). Full hookups (50Amp/water/sewer), large “sitting area” with picnic table/fire-pit and good separation. Easy access throughout. There are 2 main RV “loops” and one horse-campground which are somewhat different:
    -> West Loop (sites 1-30) – This is set around a circle of thick pine, so inner sites esp. on right side (even numbers 2-14) have lots of shade/privacy. Decent privacy on outer sites too. 
    -> East Loop (sites 60-72) – This is fully open so there’s no real privacy, but lots of sun. Upper sites (#90-94) have some lower-hill views. Outer left-hand sites (even numbers from 74-89) back-up against trees and get afternoon shade.
    -> Horse Campground – This is set is shaded pine and is marketed as one of the best horse campgrounds in the NW. Lovely, large sites and horse-stalls with direct access to trails.
  2.  Facilities = 4/5
    Pretty decent facilities here. Spacious bathroom and individual showers-stalls. Showers have good pressure/temp, but were not quite as pristine as we like (a few too many dead bugs). Lots of space and activities around the park incl. day-use & picnic areas, large disc-golf track, playground and ~15 miles of fabulous trails. On-site dump station.
  3. Location = 3.5/5
    This park is set close to Banks & Vernonia, which are cute little towns with local interest/history, but perhaps not exactly “destination” locations especially compared to the nearby Oregon Coast. However you’re in a lovely, forested (and quiet) location only ~45 miles from Portland.
  4. Pet Friendliness = 5/5
    Another excellent doggie park. There is a lovely fenced off-leash dog area (on Hilltop Day-Use area), plus masses of forested trails.

Overall Rating = 4.4
BONUS ALERT =
 Hike & camp deep in Coastal Range forest!

Summary: This campground was another “find” thanks to a tip from Laurie and Odel over at We Call It Home. They pegged it as a rave and we completely agree. This is Oregon’s newest State Park and the  sites are huge, full-hookup with lovely “sitting areas”, good separation and tons of space. There’s a selection from full shaded (in West loop) to full open (in East loop) as well as a separate (excellent) horse campground loop. Lots and lots of hiking in the surrounding forest as well as some neat little day-trips to old logging towns such as Vernonia. Good biking trails too. Campground is almost completely empty during the week, but does book-up on the week-ends. This is not exactly a “destination” location, but is a fabulous (and quiet) forested stop if you’re on your way from Portland to the Coast. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely stay here again if we pass through on Hwy 26.

 Extra Info:  Good Verizon signal. Sites cost $26/night (full hookup), all reservable. On-site dump station.

Typical site view. This is #81 in East Loop

View of our the massive "sitting area" at our site in middle of East loop (#79)

View down entrance of East Loop (site #61 on left, #62 on right)

View down left side of East Loop. SIte #84 on left with #82 behind. You can see our rig in back right (#79)

View of one of fully-shaded sites inside the central pine-trees in West campground (#14)

View down outer side of West loop (site #9 in front with #7, #5 behind).

View down left side of West loop. Site #54 on right, #52 on left.

View of picnic table and fire-pit

View of playground in East loop

View of Hilltop off-leash dog area

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4 Responses to SP Campground Review – L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park, Buxton, OR

  1. Laurie says:

    Great review – you do such a service by providing so many photos! You are right, this isn’t really a “destination” park, but it sure works nicely for an overnight or two on your way to/from the coast, doesn’t it? And I would think bikers would really enjoy it for the Vernonia-Banks Trail.

  2. Jeff says:

    Nina,
    We are currently in Dutch John, UT, about 3 miles from the Flaming Gorgge Dam. I can not thank you enough for turning us on to this area. Yesterday we drove the Red Cloud Loop and saw 3 elk and two deer along the way, plus the awsome landscape. Today I was at Canyon Rim Campground and saw a herd of 12 mountain goats. Again Thank-you so much.

    • libertatemamo says:

      I’m so phyched that you guys enjoyed it! I love that I’m able to inspire people to visit new spots on the blog. Definitely makes it all worthwhile!
      Enjoy your stay! It’s a stunning spot!
      Nina

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