The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) joins America's State Parks in sponsoring First Day Hikes in 22 Oregon State Parks on New Year's Day. Park rangers or volunteers will lead most of the hikes. Day-use parking fees are waived for all visitors at participating parks Jan. 1 only.
First Day Hikes help families enjoy state parks close to their homes and encourage a healthy lifestyle. The purpose of America's State Parks is to promote and advance the state park systems of America, for the contribution they make to the nation's environment, heritage, health and economy.
Details about hike locations, difficulty and length, terrain and tips are available on the America's State Parks website: www.americasstateparks.org. Visit the Oregon State Parks website for directions to each park: www.oregonstateparks.org. OPRD advises visitors to plan for inclement weather, and to remember the binoculars for wildlife
Fort Stevens Details:
Starting location: Battery Russell parking area
Degree of difficulty: Moderate
Minimum age for kids: 8 years
Restrictions: Dogs must be on a leash. No strollers.
Length of trail: 1 to 1.25 miles
Things to bring: Dress for the weather; the hike will take place rain or shine.
Oswald West Hike Details:
Time of event: 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. (two start times)
Starting location: North parking lot at the information kiosk
Degree of difficulty: Varies--easy to strenuous
Restrictions: Dogs must be on a leash
Length of trail: Less than one mile
Things to bring: Water, warm clothes, rain gear, warm shoes, and lunch
Phone: Reservations Northwest, (800) 452-5687