Oregon is one of the most beautiful states in the entire country. It has everything anyone who is a lover of the outdoors could ask for. The Columbia River Gorge in the north, the isolated beauty of the east, the overpowering scenic grandeur of the coast, the thick forests of the Cascade Mountains, and the wide variety of landscape in the the south all draw people from within and outside of the state.
Oregon has always placed a great deal of importance on its natural resources. The state has some great state parks, for example. Here is a look at three great Oregon State Parks located in the southern part of the state.
Collier Memorial State Park
Collier Memorial State Park is a great destination for a family traveling through Southern Oregon. This one state park features a much loved campground where everyone can settle in and feel comfortable. It also features a horse camp, several trails, a bridge, a scenic view of the Williamson River, a pioneer village, and an outdoor logging museum. You can take your family there and easily have a fun filled time that’ll make everyone happy and satisfied.
Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area
Located right on the Rogue River, Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area is a popular destination for locals as well as those from outside the state. It’s located just 40 miles from the famous Crater Lake National Park which makes it a wonderful place to begin your exploration of the region from. With just over 200 campsites, there is plenty of room for everyone who comes to Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area. There are a lot of amenities at the campground too, many like horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, and a playground are geared right towards youngsters. You can also go for a swim in or a boat ride on Lost Creek Reservoir too. This is a truly special place.
Wolf Creek Inn State Heritage Site
Wolf Creek Inn State Heritage Site is another of the many Oregon State Parks that combine beautiful natural beauty with the preservation of history. The Applegate Trail is a historic wilderness trail that led many people into Northern California and Southern Oregon during the days of settlement of the west. Wolf Creek Inn was built right alongside the trail and still stands today. It was acquired decades ago by the state after its long history that included visits from many big name Hollywood stars during the 1930’s, 1940’s, and 1950’s. The Wolf Creek Inn is the oldest operating inn in the Pacific Northwest and can be found on the National Register of Historic Places. A lot of history can be absorbed there. You can also go there and have a great stay in a true historic building. This can help visitors of all ages get a glimpse of what life must’ve been like so many years ago.
Oregon is blessed with some very nice state parks and recreation areas. If you’re traveling through Southern Oregon, the three listed above are some that you shouldn’t miss.