Oregon and our stunning state parks, is destination for nature lovers. Surprisingly, though, Oregon only has one national park: the famous Crater Lake National Park.
There are 5 national park sites: John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon Caves National Monument, Lewis & Clark National Historical Park and the McLoughlin House, which is part of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
Oregon is chock-full of incredible state parks, 255 to be exact. There’s nothing quite like a day spent discovering which one might become your favorite. We’ve asked the innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild to suggest favorites, with impressive trails, views, wildlife and natural wonders, all with a bit more solitude.
Silver Falls State Park
Silver Falls State Park is the largest state park in Oregon and only 20 miles southeast of Salem in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The 9,000+ acre park offers more than 35 miles of backcountry trails for mountain biking, hiking or horseback riding.
suggested lodging: Willamette Valley bed and breakfasts
Erratic Rock State Natural Site
This 90-ton rock was deposited during an Ice Age flood. It floated over 500 miles in an iceberg 12,000 to 17,000 years ago, by way of the Columbia River. Follow the paved path to the Erratic Rock State Natural Site where you can visit a 90-ton rock that was deposited during an Ice Age flood. Bring your camera! There’s a commanding view of Yamhill County.
suggested lodging: Yamhill Vineyards Bed and Breakfast
Tryon Creek State Natural Area
Discover lush forests, wildlife and wildflowers in Tryon Creek State Natural Area, your oasis in Portland. Here you can explore 658 acres of second-growth forests, walk along the meandering Tryon Creek, and connect with the flora and fauna that call this special place home.
suggested lodging: The Fulton House Bed and Breakfast
The Oregon Coast
Landmark legislation enacted in 1967, known as the Oregon Beach Bill, established free and public access to all 363 miles of the Oregon coastline. This uniquely makes Oregon one of the few states to protect the public’s recreational use of coastal land. It’s why we call this special place “The People’s Coast“, one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon. So many State Parks, Beaches and State Recreations Sites.
suggested lodging: Oregon Coast Bed and Breakfasts
Mark your calendars and get ready for a special day of appreciation. State Parks Day is coming up on June 3rd, 2023 in Oregon, and it’s a fantastic opportunity to explore the beauty of the state parks.
Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.
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