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Guided hikes set for Jan. 1, 2017

Dec. 14, 2016

UPDATED Dec. 19 with additional hikes at TouVelle State Park and D River State Recreation Area

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) joins America's State Parks in sponsoring First Day Hikes in 23 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.

"This is us helping people have a little fun and remember your parks are there for you any time of year," says Lisa Sumption, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department director. "Fun, healthy, memorable ... bundle up and enjoy your first walk of the year with a state park ranger."

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 viewing.

Participating parks and meeting areas:

PORTLAND

  • L.L. "Stub" Stewart Memorial State Park, 10 a.m. at the Hilltop Day-use Area.
  • Milo McIver State Park, 10 a.m. at the Riverbend lower boat launch parking lot.
  • Tryon Creek State Natural Area, 9 a.m. at the Nature Center.

COLUMBIA GORGE

  • Guy Talbot State Park, 1 p.m. at the parking lot near the information kiosk.

WILLAMETTE VALLEY/CASCADES

  • Champoeg State Heritage Area, 1 p.m. at the Visitor Center
  • Elijah Bristow State Park, noon horse ride at the equestrian parking area. Bring your own horse.
  • North Santiam State Park, 11:30 a.m. at the picnic shelter.
  • Silver Falls State Park, 10 a.m. at the South Falls Lodge porch.

SOUTHERN OREGON

  • Collier Memorial State Park, 10 a.m. at the Logging Museum Cookhouse.

COAST

  • Cape Lookout State Park, noon at the Cape Lookout Trail parking lot.
  • D River State Recreation Area, 10 a.m. at the stairway. 
  • Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center, 1 p.m. at the center.
  • Fort Stevens State Park, 10 a.m. at the Area C parking lot.
  • Harris Beach State Park, 9 a.m. at the day-use parking lot.
  • Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, 10 a.m. at Siuslaw North Jetty last parking lot near the Coast Guard tower.
  • Oswald West State Park, 9 a.m. at the main park lot, Short Sands Beach Trailhead.
  • Port Orford Heads State Park, 10 a.m. at the restored lifeboat pavilion.
  • South Beach State Park, 10 a.m. at the South Jetty Trailhead.
  • Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, 10 a.m. at the day-use parking are near the Lake Marie trail sign.

EASTERN/CENTRAL OREGON

  • Cottonwood Canyon State Park, 11 a.m. at the day-use area.
  • Emigrant Springs State Heritage Park, 11 a.m. snowshoe hike at the Oregon Trail kiosk west of the park entrance.
  • Smith Rock State Park, 10 a.m. at the bivouac campground. Register by calling 541-548-7501 ext. 1 and leave a message with your name, phone number and number of people in your group.