First Hikes and Free Parking at State Parks of Oregon Along With Otters, Birds, Elk, or Deer

First Hikes and Free Parking at State Parks: For First Day Hikes on January 1st, come outside with us. 24 treks are available at 21 parks around the state. A park ranger or volunteer will lead every trip and offer tales about the area’s geology, history, animals, and vegetation. All hikes are free, and on January 1 all open parks that typically charge a parking fee will forgo their day-use parking costs.

Plan beforehand for the cold, dress in layers, wear supportive shoes, bring a drink, and don’t forget to pack binoculars for seeing animals. To find out more about the duration and description of the trek, click on any of the Park Name links below. Some parks require that you register. Fort Stevens, Nehalem Bay, and Sitka Sedge are just a few of the parks in the counties of Tillamook and Clatsop.

Parks hosting Coast hikes

  • Meet in the amphitheater at Bullards Beach State Park at 1 p.m.
  • Meet in the main parking area adjacent to the museum and visitor center at Fort Stevens State Park at 10 a.m.
  • 10 a.m. meet at the Cleawox Lodge for the Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park excursion.
  • Meet in the main parking lot at Nehalem Bay State Park at 9 a.m.
  • Meet at the new Jetty Trailhead, South Jetty Day-use Area, at 10 a.m. for a tour of South Beach State Park’s South Jetty.
  • Meet in the parking lot at 12 p.m. for the Sitka Sedge State Natural Area.
    Portland, Oregon
  • Meet in the Dairy Creek West meeting room at 10 a.m. for a trip to L.L. Stub Stewart State Park.
  • Meet at the Dog Creek Trailhead in the Riverside Day-Use Area at 10 a.m. at Milo McIver State Park.
  • Meet at the Dog Creek Trailhead in the Riverside Day-use Area at Milo McIver State Park at 1 p.m.

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Gorge of Columbia River:

  • Meet at the Oregon Trail Kiosk at 11 a.m. for a trip to the Deschutes River State Recreation Area. Click here to register.
  • Meet at the Mark O. Hatfield East Trailhead, located on Rock Creek Road in Mosier, at 10 a.m. to embark on the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail.
  • If there is snow, bring your cross-country skis or snowshoes!

    First Hikes and Free Parking at State Parks
    First Hikes and Free Parking at State Parks

Cascades/Willamette Valley:

  • Elijah Bristow State Park, Equestrian Ride: Meet in the equestrian parking area at 11:00 a.m., foot in stirrup at 12:00 p.m. (bring your own horse.)
  • Park of Elijah Bristow, 10 a.m. hike; meet at the main parking lot at the end of the park road next to the picnic spots for large groups.
  • Meet at the Campground Visitor Center at 11 a.m. for a tour of Detroit Lake State Park.
  • District of Silver Falls State Park 10 a.m. hike; meet on the porch of South Falls Lodge.
  • Geology, Silver Falls State Park 10 a.m. hike; meet on the porch of South Falls Lodge

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Oregon’s south:

  • Meet in the logging museum parking lot at 10 a.m. for a tour of Collier Memorial State Park.
  • To register by December 30, 2022, contact the park office at 541-783-2471 X21.
  • Leave a note with your name, contact information, and the approximate number of attendees.
  • Meet at the day-use area at Area F at the far end of TouVelle State Park at 1:30 p.m.
  • Meet at the amphitheater fire pit in the program area at Valley of the Rogue State Park at 10 a.m.

    First Hikes and Free Parking at State Parks
    First Hikes and Free Parking at State Parks

Central and Eastern Oregon:

  • Meet in the Experience Center at 10 a.m. for a tour of Cottonwood Canyon State Park.
  • Meet at the Cougar Woods Trailhead at 10 a.m. for a tour of LaPine State Park. Click here to register.
  • Meet in the Welcome Center Yurt at 9 a.m. at Smith Rock State Park. Click here to register.
  • Meet in the boat trailer parking area of the Crooked River Campground at 1 pm for the Cove Palisades.
  • Meet at the day-use entrance next to the ticket booth at Tumalo State Park at 1 o’clock.

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