Welcome to Vernonia!! For a small rural community, Vernonia is big on
parks. Vernonia’s park system includes 7 city parks and 1 state park,
offering everything from scenic and natural beauty to recreational
opportunities for both residents and visitors. Whether you’re looking for
overnight camping accommodations with full hookup or a place to hike, bike
or have a family gathering for the day, Vernonia’s parks have what you’re
looking for. If you have any questions or comments, please call City Hall
at (503) 429-5291.
Park Fee Information
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Airport Park is located 4 miles southwest of Vernonia off Timber Road, next to Vernonia Municipal Airport. The park is a primitive campground tucked in among old growth fir, maple and alder trees alongside the Nehalem River. The park is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy nature.
The park is located south of downtown Vernonia at the south end of Adams and Jefferson Avenues.
Take a quiet walk along this old, abandoned, 21-mile railroad path. Listen to the birds, the whispering wind, birds and bubbling streams. There are many entrances to this trail. Enter the trail to run, walk, bicycle, or ride your horse.
Ora Bolmeier Park, located on Louisiana Avenue north of Bridge Street, overlooks downtown Vernonia. The park is nestled among large fir trees and provides a great setting to enjoy a picnic. A playground area provides ample recreational opportunities for our youth.
Shay Park is the final resting place of Shay locomotive #102 which was once owned and operated by the Oregon-American Lumber Company. A trail leading down to a viewing platform next to the creek offers visitors an up close view of salmon on their way through to spawning grounds in the fall.
This Oregon State Park is just 34 miles west of Portland and a few miles south of Vernonia. Here you've got the best backyard imaginable. Campers, hikers, cyclists or equestrians can spend their days exploring and adventuring across 1,800 acres of rolling hills, forest glades, gleaming streams and wildflowers, all crisscrossed with over 25 miles of trails.
The 9-hole public course opened in 1926 and was designed by George Junor. The greens and fairways are bent grass.
Vernonia Lake was once the mill pond of the Oregon-American Lumber Company. The lake is home to Bass, Crappie, Perch and Bluegill, and is stocked each year with Rainbow Trout. In its day, the Oregon-American Lumber Co. Mill was the largest all-electric lumber mill in the world.