Ranger’s Pick–Stub Stewart State Park (2010)
A park with something new every year
If you’ve visited Stub Stewart State Park only once, even just last year, you’re bound to discover something new on your next visit.
Open since June 2007, the park has added new trails, buildings and services each of the past two summers.
Hikers will find a new trail. Called the Williams Creek Horseshoe, the north and south ends of the 1.6-mile route connect to the Banks-Vernonia State Trail at different points. More than half the trail’s distance is within sight of refreshing Williams Creek and its abundance of creekside wildlife.
Attention mountain bikers! The park has a trail segment reserved just for you. North Caddywhomper Way extends more than two-third of a mile off Widowmaker Way. The new trail is the backbone of the park’s mountain biking trails.
Hike-in campers will notice a big improvement in Brooke Creek hike-in camp. It has water, thanks to a new water line. And, the walk-in tent sites off Dairy Creek Camp West are larger, expanded by eight feet.
A place to meet
Stub Stewart already has a reputation for being a hiker’s park. Word also is out that the park is an outdoor retreat for conferences and family reunions.
The park’s newest buildings are meeting halls. One is at Dairy Camp West, the larger of the park’s two RV loops. The hall has tables and chairs for 50 people, a counter and sink, and an outdoor barbecue area.
The other meeting hall is a deluxe model at the Mountain Dale Cabin Village. This hall has a full kitchen and an inside restroom. It also has tables and chairs for 50, and a barbecue outside.
Both meeting halls opened last summer. They can be reserved through Reservations Northwest, 1-800-452-5687 (note—the reservation system is unavailable until April 14).