Civil war history and Oregon's oldest General Store, kayaking along the Clackmas and bat hunting. Your family will be enthralled by these Oregon State Parks:
Pioneer history and river trails for biking and hiking unfurl at the Oregon State Park which is home to the historic Butteville store, the state's oldest. Wander through the wetlands to choruses of birdsong or take a tour of the Pioneer Mothers Log Cabin museum for an authentic glimpse into the region's history. Kids will also love the 1860s garden tucked behind the Visitor Center.
Kayakers paddle along the sparkling Clackamas River at this stunning state park. A 27-hole golf course welcomes sporting families, while animal lovers will be thrilled by the Bat Trail which takes you on a tour of the park's colony which is home to four different species. Estacada Lake is beloved of fishermen and jumping with salmon and steelhead. Grill your catch at the picnic area.
Panoramic views from mountains and canyons spur hikers to take to Oregon's trails. Head down the trails in these state parks for thrilling glimpses of wildlife and waterfalls:
These silent woodlands are secretly ribboned with trails and feature stunning geological formations and sprays of wild flowers according to the season. Alder and Sitka trees mantle the stretch between the beach and the mountain. Hike the to the mountain at dawn and return to the beach for lunch.
From vast basalt basins to eagle-watched rivers and superb surfing beaches, Oregon is an outdoor playground for adventure sports fans. Here are some of the top state parks:
Hike or ride through the Cottonwood River Canyon which is littered with basalt blocks. The largest of Oregon's state parks, Cottonwood is a haven for fishermen as its rivers are teeming with bass and steelhead.