Recreation

All Tillamook, Clatsop State Forest campgrounds reopening by Memorial Day weekend

The Gales Creek Overlook in the Tillamook State Forest. File photo: Chas Hundley//Banks Post The Oregon Department of Forestry has announced that all campgrounds in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests will have reopened by Memorial Day weekend, with the last few stragglers opening Thursday, May 27.  Joining campgrounds opened[Read More…]

New Year’s ‘first day’ hikes, whale watching at state parks altered due to COVID-19

The entrance to Stub Stewart State Park. Photo: Chas Hundley Two Oregon New Year’s Day traditions are being altered this year due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. The annual First Day Hikes event, started by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) in 2012, will take place without[Read More…]

Banks Vernonia State Trail reopens

The Buxton Trestle on the Banks-Vernonia State Trail. Photo: Chas Hundley Coronavirus resources: CDC on the coronavirus, Oregon Health Authority resources, Washington County resources, Oregonian reporting on the coronavirus, OPB glossary of coronavirus terms, NYTimes free reporting on the coronavirus.  BANKS – As of 7 a.m. Monday, the Banks Vernonia State Trail is open to the[Read More…]

ODF closes dispersed camping in state forests

The Gales Creek Overlook in the Tillamook State Forest. File photo: Chas Hundley//Banks Post Coronavirus resources: CDC on the coronavirus, Oregon Health Authority resources, Washington County resources, Oregonian reporting on the coronavirus, OPB glossary of coronavirus terms, NYTimes free reporting on the coronavirus.  OREGON – While some parks are beginning to open to day use activities[Read More…]

State Parks system to close Monday, ODF, ODF&W sites to close overnight camping

The Banks-Vernonia State Trail. Photo: Chas Hundley Coronavirus resources: CDC on the coronavirus, Oregon Health Authority resources, Washington County resources, Oregonian reporting on the coronavirus, OPB glossary of coronavirus terms, NYTimes free reporting on the coronavirus.  SALEM – Spring break is in full swing, and Oregonians are ignoring Governor Kate Brown’s pleas to practice social distancing[Read More…]

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