The Official End of Summer Doesn’t Mean Camping Season is Over Right?

everett-mcintire-W7_tcn9KuA4-unsplashLabor Day…….

It’s the mark of the official end to summer, yet I do not know about you but it certainly hasn’t felt like summer.  There was only one day trip to the beach instead of the overnight trips to the ocean or time spent out of town exploring with family.  For many I know that summer also means camping trips, and who are we kidding,  there hasn’t been a lot of that going on either.

However as campgrounds are slowly starting to open back up, and distance learning in progress that doesn’t mean you can’t sneak in a few camping trips during the fall.  So, if you’re looking for a quick get away that is still close to home (just 34 miles west of Portland)  why not consider a camping trip to L.L. Stub Stewart State Park located in Buxton, OR just off of the Nehalem Hwy and near the Banks-Vernonia Trail.

This beautiful state park features (taking reservations 30 days in advance):


  • 78 Full-hookup RV sites 
  • 13 Full-hookup RV Horse sites with four stall corrals. Two with double (six stall) corrals MUST HAVE HORSE OR PACK ANIMAL
  • 12 walk-in tent sites with water nearby
  • 15 cabins (5 pet-friendly) OPEN –Reservation required.
  • Brooke Creek Hike-in Camp CLOSED until May 2021
  • Playground open
  • Flush toilets NO SHOWERS
  • Firewood for sale
  • Reservable Meeting Hall Facilities CLOSED
  • Universal Access: 3 sites at Dairy Creek West, 2 sites at Dairy Creek East and 13 cabins are accessible to campers with disabilities.

The park consists of 1,800 acres of hills, forest and streams with over 25 miles of trails.  There is honestly something for everyone even if you do not plan on camping overnight. Families can enjoy some quality time together at the Hilltop Day-use Area where you have the ability to head out for a hike or ride the trails from Clayhill’s horse stage area. 

In addition, the park has several multi-use trails including 6 miles of cross-country or free-ride mountain bike trails which go from an easy going ride to something that is challenging.  If none of that sounds appealing you can always take advantage of the 18-hole disc golf course that wins its way through the east side of Hilltop or enjoy the 3-hole course near the amphitheater.

Keep in mind that COVID-19 protocols are in place at this time.  The day use park is open daily, with reduced services, from 7 am – 9 PM, and restrooms are open from 9 am –  7pm.  Those services include: 

  • Depot sells ice, snacks, beverages, annual parking permits and used disc golf discs – OPEN limited hours.
  • Reduced garbage service. Pack out trash.
  • Facilities may close without notice.
  • Do not travel far to visit. Be prepared to turn around if crowded.
  • Hilltop Day Use Picnic Shelter – Now accepting reservations for Sept. 4 and after. Max 30 people; face covers required.
  • No stargazing after hours for day-use visitors

So, while the calendar may say that summer is officially over, there is still so much fun to be had.  I hope that you get the opportunity to go out and explore L.L. Stub Stewart State Park soon.