Park Heritage Notes (2010)


They look great after 75 years

Four state parks—two with lighthouse connections and two linked with preserving highway scenery—are celebrating their diamond anniversaries.

Cape Lookout State Park is the largest. Almost half of its 2,014 acres came from the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1935. The federal agency donated the land, all of it on the cape, after building a lighthouse on Cape Meares a few miles north. A 2-mile hiking trail cuts through to the tip of the headland.

The centerpiece of  Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site operated as an active lighthouse—from 1871-1874—before it was replaced by the light on Yaquina Head. Another gift from the U.S. Lighthouse Service, the building  is preserved as a historic landmark.

H.B. Van Duzer Forest and John B. Yeon state scenic corridors were among the properties the State Highway Division acquired in the 1930s to preserve roadside stands of native forest. A short hiking trail from a parking area in the John B. Yeon corridor leads over a bridge built by the Civilian Conservation Corps to scenic 289-foot Elowah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge.

Named for a former state highway commission chair, the Van Duzer corridor has a wayside long used as a rest stop and picnic site by Highway 18 motorists traveling between the Willamette Valley and the coast.

Hiking trails at Cape Lookout State Park.

Cape Lookout State Park
Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site
H.B. Van Duzer Forest State Scenic Corridor
John B. Yeon State Scenic Corridor

Posted on March 31, 2010, in state parks and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. 7/12/09
    Fort Steven (Astoria) OR – Nice state park I wish we had more time to see the fort used from the Civil War to the end of WWII it was even shelled by the Japanese. The dogs had a blast running on the beach, and chasing the pelicans. We saw 2 kite surfers, and the wind was very strong in the afternoon and cold as well the water was very cold. We want to come back to the park in warmer weather. The campground was very nice and the rangers were friendly and helpful for places to fish and clam.

    7/15/09
    Arrived at Honeyman State Park, Florence, OR site 716 nice with a little tree cover, but it was still a little windy and cold enough not to have a fire. We loved the dunes and took a dune buggy ride – the best thing we did… one for the bucket list. It was like a 30 minute roller coaster ride we really want to do it again when we get back to Oregon. We loved the state especially the coast and seafood and can’t wait to get back. It will be a long trip from Philadelphia, PA, but well worth the trip. Thanks to everyone that made our trip a great experience.

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