Where are you headed this weekend? | Oregon Edition - Dec 10, 2021

This week's countdown of Oregon counties to visit:

9 - Curry County

Photo by @nic.sabine

Samuel H. Boardman (1874-1953), the first Oregon State Parks superintendent, served from 1929 to 1950. He conceived the idea of a great coastal park in Curry County and worked tirelessly to acquire the present park lands. In the early 1940s, Boardman approached U. S. Department of the Interior Secretary Harold L. Ickes with a proposal for an extensive National Park area along the Curry County coastline. Though federal officials toured the region, the coastal National Park idea did not take hold. This state park, the nugget of Boardman's proposal, was named in tribute to the founding superintendent at the time of his retirement. A commemorative monument was dedicated at House Rock View Point on August 7, 1970. (stateparks.oregon.gov)

8 - Marion County

Photo by @aaronsavard

South Falls is one of four waterfalls in Silver Falls State Park which features a trail passing behind the falls. Unlike at the other three waterfalls where this occurs, the overhanging cliff at South Falls is immensely tall, so it doesn't so much feel like walking through a cave as it does taking shelter under a high forest canopy. In several places where the trail does approach overhanging rock, there are many "skylights" visible in the rock, which were formed where the lava enveloped trees. As the lava cooled it hardened around the trees and then over time the wood decayed away, leaving empty holes in the cooled lava flows where they once stood. (waterfallsnorthwest.com)

7 - Deschutes County

Photo by @aratson

With dramatic cliffs, towering red rocks, a meandering river and views for days, Smith Rock State Park is spectacular in every season. As one of the natural wonders of Oregon, this pristine area in the centre of the state is well worth the trip, whether it’s for a quick stop to look out from one of the great viewpoints near the park’s entrance or to properly explore by heading down into the canyon. (Tamara Elliott for globeguide.ca)

6 - Clackamas County

Photo by @bellathemountaindog

A self-guided mile-long nature loop with six interpretive stops includes an old barn that serves as a maternity ward/nursery for female Townsend's big-eared bats. The trail overlooks a meadow which is a favorite foraging ground for several species of bats that swoop and dive for flying insects (mosquitoes, moths, beetles) after twilight. There are several bat houses around the meadow: Each one can house up to 50 bats. Don't try to enter the barn: The bats are very sensitive to human interference. If you're at the barn after sunset during the summer, you can observe the bats emerging to begin their nightly feeding mission. Do not touch any bats, dead or alive, that you find on the ground. (oregonhikers.org)

5 - Clatsop County

Photo by @wade.penner

Haystack Rock is one of Oregon’s most recognizable landmarks, home to colorful tidepools and diverse birdlife. Featured in countless novels, television programs, and movies such as The Goonies and Kindergarten Cop. This basalt sea stack rises 235 feet from the edge of the shoreline. At low tide, you can walk right up to it and find colorful sea stars and other fascinating tidepool creatures in its intertidal area. Puffins can be observed on Haystack Rock from early spring to mid-summer, offering the most accessible viewing of Tufted Puffins in the Northwest. Many other varieties of birds can also be seen, making it a great bird-watching location year-round. (cannonbeach.org)

4 - Douglas County

Photo by @jdogvideomachine

The Bureau of Land Management maintains a series of pastures along Oregon Highway 38 that are a year-round residence for a herd of 60-100 Roosevelt elk. Elk are visible almost every day of the year! A main viewing area, with an interpretive kiosk and restrooms, offers visitors the chance to learn about the elk and the site heritage. Several pull-outs along the highway offer excellent photo opportunities. Dean Creek is also a popular bird watching area, serving as a stop along the coastal migration route. (blm.gov)

3 - Coos County

Photo by @virgil.p.photography

In 1939, the Coast Guard assumed responsibility for Coquille River Lighthouse and decided it was no longer needed. An automated beacon was placed at the end of the south jetty, the dwelling was disassembled, and the lighthouse was abandoned. The lighthouse stood neglected for twenty-four years, until Bullards Beach State Park was created on the north side of the river. The grounds of the original eleven-acre light station were included in the park, and the park assumed responsibility for the lighthouse. (lighthousefriends.com)

2 - Linn and Jefferson counties

Photo by @extreme_oregon

Three Fingered Jack has diverse flora, fauna, and fungi. The Molala people, one of the indigenous groups in the northwestern United States, historically inhabited the area around the volcano. David Douglas was the first person of non-indigenous descent to reach the area in 1825, followed by Peter Skene Ogden the following year. The origins of Three Fingered Jack's name remain unclear. One account claims that the volcano received its name from Joaquin Murrieta, a gold miner and vaquero during the California Gold Rush also known as Three Fingered Jack. Others allege that the volcano was named after a trapper with less than five fingers on one of his hands. (en.wikipedia.org)

1 - Lake County

Photo by @kates_beautiful_world

When the Legislative Assembly created Lake County, it temporarily located the county seat at Linkville (now Klamath Falls) until voters selected a permanent site. The voters chose to move the county seat to Lakeview in 1876. The town derived its name from its view of Goose Lake to the south. The shallow lake, known for its fluctuating size, was generally much larger and closer to Lakeview in the 1870s than it is today.