Did you know that the deepest lake in the United States, the largest sea cave in the world and the nation’s most photographed lighthouse are all found in the same state? That’s right. We love our home state of Oregon, and what better way to enjoy it than to visit one of the beautiful Oregon state parks.
Oregon is incredibly geographically diverse, and there are activities and outdoor recreation for everyone. So finding a park based on what you’d like to be near shouldn’t be too difficult, but it’s a great place to start. And be sure to make your reservation in advance, because campsites fill up quickly!
If you’re looking for: active
What are you looking to do during your stay? If you want to visit a park with plenty of ways to stay active, then check out Dexter for a round of disc golf or go cycling at the Historic Columbia River Highway state trail for more than 10 miles of great sightseeing.
If you’re looking for: relaxed
If a relaxed park visit is in order, then try a picnic at Yachats Ocean Road. While you enjoy your meal, you will experience the Oregon coast in all its glory with great scenery, tide pools and even whale watching! And bird watching at Beaver creek is always a hit, too, but make sure you bring your hiking boots. There are marshlands and more than seven miles of hiking trails to get you to the best viewpoints in this natural area.
If you’re looking for: Oregon nature
Do you simply want to enjoy nature, without being required to hike or bike? Then try Ecola state park to see some of the coastline’s best scenery and sea stacks. Or visit some waterfalls for which our state is so well known.
Silver Falls state park is one of the best places to go. It’s a moderate hike and visitors will see several breathtaking waterfalls along the Trail of Ten Falls.
Planning a trip to Florence, in particular, is a great way to enjoy some of Oregon’s greatest, and most famous, state parks. Like the Heceta Head Lighthouse state scenic viewpoint (remember when we mentioned the nation’s most photographed lighthouse?) A short trail will take you to the lighthouse, for an up close look at the lighthouse and keeper’s house.
Also near Florence is the Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, known to locals as simply “Honeyman.” This location has plenty of sandboarding opportunities on the nearby dunes, as well as two freshwater lakes within the park meaning there is plenty of fun for the whole family.
Enjoy one of Oregon’s many state parks and plan your trip to the coast today. For more information on local attractions or to book your stay in Florence, please contact us today.