L.L. Stub Stewart State Park

Buxton, Oregon

Oregon State Parks


photo credits: Adrienne Ray

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LL Stub Stewart Management Unit
30380 NW Hwy 47
Buxton, OR 97109

”Oregon Trails and Horse Camps” by Kim McCarrel

Saturday Aug 24, 2013 Bicycle Event at Stub Stewart - USE Caution.

Trail Summary Data

  • General Trail Location: Portland/Eugene Corridor
  • Average Trail Terrain: Mix
  • Total Trail Miles: 20+
  • Camping : Yes
  • Parking : Good
  • Restrooms : Yes
  • Potable Water : Yes

Oregon's newest State Park, L.L. Stub Stewart State Park is located only 31 miles west of Portland. The park encompasses 1,673 acres of lush rolling hills, forest and deep canyons and boasts spectacular views of the Coast Range. A very popular place to ride. If you live in or are visiting the Portland/Vancouver area - this trail system is a must!

Trail Type, Distance & Elevation:
The Stub Stewart trail system includes 17 miles of trails. You can add miles by continuing North or South from the park on the Banks-Vernonia State Trail System. The trail system includes more than 20 individual trails. Trails can be completed as loops or out and back. Trails are multi-use and open to hikers, bikers and equestrians. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on trails.

The trail terrain ranges from less challenging to moderately challenging. Footing ranges from gravel, to dirt and rock, to groomed pathways along the paved Banks-Vernonia trail. Some sections of the various rides can be steep and uneven.

Elevation range: 400 - 1400 feet MSL.

For detailed directions, specific trail descriptions and maps see pg. 105 ”Oregon Trails and Horse Camps” by Kim McCarrel

Portions of the trails are open year round. Hares Canyon Horse Camp is generally open from May to October. Weather conditions can render some trails unsafe – check weather forecast and trail conditions before you ride.

Parking Access:
Parking and access areas are well thought out. Plenty of room is usually available at the day use area (Clayhill Horse Staging Area). Camping spots are easy to access with most trailers.

Camping & Corral Availability:
The best camping spots in the park are reserved for equestrians and are found in Hares Canyon Horse Camp located atop a small ridge in the northern reaches of the park. The Camp boasts 14 full hook up campsites with 4-stall corrals and 2 full hookup double size campsites with 6-stall corrals. Double size sites (#9 and #10) are suitable for larger trailers (greater than 50 ft). Corrals are available to overnight campers only. Fourteen 4-stall corrals and two 6-stall corrals. Bring your own buckets for water and tools for stall cleaning. Manure collection site is provided. Day use area has several hitching posts for day use.

Well kept flush and vault toilets are available throughout the developed areas of the park. No restrooms are available on the remote portions of the trails. Hot showers available at Hares Canyon Horse Camp – bring plenty of quarters! Drinking water, garbage cans, and manure bins available

Rules & Regulations:
Day use permits required year round. Purchase at visitors center. Camping reservations required - call 800-452-5687. Pets required to be kept on 6-foot leash (maximum) in all areas of the park. Equestrians are required to use the bark chip areas along the paved and gravel sections of the Banks-Vernonia State Trail. Equestrian day-use visitors must park in the Clayhill Horse Staging Area. Equestrian campers must park in your registered campsite at Hares Canyon Horse Camp. Equestrian owners must spread or kick manure off the trail. Horses must be tied to corrals or hitching posts and not to trees.

Directions to Trailhead

The park is located approximately 11 miles north of Banks Oregon on Hwy 47. From Hwy 47 turn east into the park and follow the road up the hill to the visitors center to obtain a day pass or your camping reservation information. From the visitors center, continue up the hill and follow signs for Hares Canyon Horse Camp or the Clayhill Horse Staging Area for day use. These driving directions are provided as a general guide only. User assumes all risk of use. Please consult the official Oregon highway map and check road conditions.

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4 Responses

  1. Sue Lowe says:

    Only horse camp I know of that has full hook-ups, in Oregon. We take the motor home and have a ball, lots of room, even for the big rig.

  2. Patti says:

    A great place to test out your horse camping skills not far from Portland. Print off a map before you go so you can plan your ride, there are many different trails to choose from. If it’s really wet, the linear trail is usually dryer and has some great scenery.
    And a correction for you camp description… No quarters are needed for the shower, it’s free!

  3. Adrienne says:

    These trails rock but can be slick in the wet weather!

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