This State Park located on the John Day River has been on our bucket list for some time. This former working ranch is the second largest & newest park the in Oregon Park system. (note: newest park that offers camping).
Top Pic: Blooming Lilacs throughout the campground.
Bonus stop. One more night on the road before returning to Bend. We swung a tad out of our way so we could check out the area & lakes along hwy 31 on the way home.
We had a very windy 145 mile drive today and in the process traded Jeffery Pines for sagebrush with great views.
"A quick drive up the Coast brought us to this campground we last visited during the fall 2013. Looks like this will a good base for exploring the area before heading home."
"Only an 88 mile drive, but it seemed much longer because of the narrow winding roads. But the reward at the end made it well worth it. Now it's time to explore the area."
We had a short drive up the coast to Beverly Beach. This massive State Park campground is tucked in a dense forest. There's easy beach access via a path under the Hwy 101 bridge.
"We went looking for a small campground to ride out the Memorial Day weekend and Red Bridge was just that campground."
"A short drive from our last campground is this state park that's located south of Reedsport that we wanted to checkout. It tucked in the woods on Eel Lake and Eel Creek."
It's like "déjà vu all over again"... Same campground, same site, just about a year later. Mooch checking the campground after a short drive day.
A glimpse of the historic Coquille Lighthouse behind piles of driftwood on the beach.
Sixty-nine miles. Now that's my kind of driving day. We found a well cared for state park not too far from John Day, OR. There's a few things we want to check out in John Day.
We're definitely no longer in the mountains with its tall pine & fir trees. We found a state park on the Snake River that will do for a short visit.