Flying discs spotted at Stub Stewart …
On the new 18-hole disc golf course!
You won’t see visitors from outer space, but playing on the new course could be described as out of this world. The mountain-style course spreads over the hilly terrain east of the Hilltop Day-use Area. From the parking area, take the short Hooktender Horseshoe Trail to the first hole of the course. Look for the display panel for the course directions and rules. Don’t forget to bring your own discs.
As you play, stay on the trails carved in the woods between holes and follow the trails up and down the fairway from tee to basket. If your disc spins off the trail, take the shortest path to where it landed, take your shot and return to the trail.
Before heading up to the full course, campers can practice on a new three-hole course halfway between the Dairy Creek West and Dairy Creek East campgrounds.
Park Ranger Steve Kruger says the new course isn’t run-of-the-mill links. The course was professionally designed with help from the Professional Disc Golf Association. It also converts easily from an amateur course to one for professional tournaments.
Volunteers from Stumptown Golf Club in Portland did much of the course layout work. REI supporters and the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps also pitched in.
Visited recently? If not, catch up on the mountain bike trails
Stub Stewart is a fast-forward work in progress. Something new appears every year–sometimes every month.
If you’re a mountain biker, you will be pleased with the newest trail additions. Nearly three miles have been added, anchored by North Caddywhomper Way at the east edge of the park. Thanks to Northwest Trail Alliance volunteers, a new single-track trail follows the natural contour of the land. Along with nature’s technical challenges, be on the lookout for some human-made obstacles such as log crossings.
If you’re less adventurous, a new half-mile spur off the Banks-Vernonia State Trail leads to a creek restoration exhibit.
When the park opened in 2007, it had about 10 miles of trails to go with the Dairy Creek Camp West campground, the state’s first horse camp with RV hookup sites (Hares Canyon Horse Camp), a horse trail staging area for trail riders and a hike-in tent camp. Less than four years later, it has two standard RV campgrounds (including Dairy Creek Camp East), 15 cabins in the Mountain Dale Village, two meeting halls and more than double the trail mileage.
Park Ranger Steve Kruger says to expect more trails on the park’s map in the coming years. “We’re not done by a long shot,” he says.
Stub Stewart State Park is one of seven parks opened under the park a year program started in 2004.