It’s not quite “glamping,” but Hares Canyon Horse Camp at L.L. (Stub) Stewart State Park is awfully nice. The riding is terrific, too!
Stub Stewart State Park offers full RV hookups at every horse campsite, spacious sites with room for two trailers, and nice 4-horse corrals. The horse camp even has flush toilets and its own hot shower! What’s not to like?
The park, located only 35 miles west of Portland on the east slope of the Coast Range, also offers 25 miles of top-notch equestrian trails.
Three miles of the 20-mile Banks-Vernonia Trail runs through the park and connects with several of the park trails. While this rails-to-trails conversion is paved for its entire length, equestrians can travel it comfortably on the chip trail that runs beside the pavement.
In addition to the B-V Trail, Stub Stewart has many other trails. For example, the Hares Canyon Trail connects the horse the camp with a multitude of other trails you can ride to create loops of various lengths.
The Holli’s Point of View Trail is a main north-south trail that offers peek-a-boo views of the Coast Range to the west.
The Bumping Knots Trail makes a lollipop loop with an impressive 80-foot train trestle at its south end.
You can find more information about Stub Stewart State Park and its delightful trails in the L.L. (Stub) Stewart State Park chapter of Riding Northwest Oregon Horse Trails, by Kim McCarrel, (Ponderosa Press, 2013).