A park ranger posing with a family group in front of a fence

L.L. Stub Stewart State Park

L.L. Stub Stewart, one of Oregon’s newer state parks, opened in 2007. Its wooded location in the foothills of the verdant Oregon Coast Range was chosen, in part, to conjoin the Banks-Vernonia State Trail (BVT). And while it serves as a great basecamp for exploring the BVT, it’s so much more!

Read on to discover the wide range of activities, from thrilling to sublime, all available within the park’s borders. Plan a right-in-your-own-backyard adventure at Stub Stewart. What are you waiting for?

Stars in a night sky over an Oregon forest

Dark Skies Above

Just 34 miles west of Portland, Stub Stewart State Park is still isolated enough to have gained a reputation as one of Oregon’s prime star-gazing settings. Bring a telescope or check for one of the “star parties” hosted by OMSI and Rose City Astronomers. With their wide selection of telescopes, all set to capture night-sky features from space stations to meteor showers, star parties offer an experience sure to thrill. Oh, and they’re free!

Star Party Schedule
Kids biking on the Banks-Vernonia State Trail

And a State Trail Runs Through It

The Banks-Vernonia State Trail, known locally as the BVT, passes straight through L.L. Stub Stewart State Park like Cupid’s arrow through a heart. Spanning 21 miles between Banks and Vernonia and with a total of six trailheads for access, the BVT offers hikes both long and short, the perfect surface for road biking, and incredible view from the Buxton Trestle. When you visit Stub Stewart, set aside some time to explore the BVT!

More About the BVT

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Lottery Dollars Flow to State Parks

Thanks to Oregon voters, our state park system is supported in part by Oregon Lottery dollars. In 2021, for example, grants totaling over $65,000 went to L.L. Stub Stewart State Park to repair shelters and re-stain cabins — the sort of on-going maintenance that keeps our parks open, available, and ready to serve visitors year round.