Information about Vernonia’s parks and fees can be obtained by visiting the City’s website, or calling 503-429-5291.
City of Vernonia Parks
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.
Located south of downtown Vernonia at the south end of Adams and Jefferson Avenues. It is bordered by the confluences of Rock Creek and the Nehalem River. RV camping, tent camping, day use area and more.
In early summer a small dam across Rock Creek creates “Dewey Pool” swimming area. There is also a concrete kiddy pool adjacent to the creek.
Ora Bolmeier Park
Ora Bolmeier Park, located on Louisiana Avenue north of Bridge Street, overlooks downtown Vernonia. The park is nestled among large fir trees.
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.
Columbia County Parks
Big Eddy Park
Named after a large eddy in the Nehalem River, this scenic park has large fir trees, open grassy play areas, fishing, canoeing and a boat launch. It is near the Banks-Vernonia Linear State Park, the Jewell Elk Refuge and the interesting Columbia County Museum in Vernonia. Located seven miles north of Vernonia on Hwy 47. For Reservations Call 503-366-3984, or visit their website:
Scaponia is a favorite destination of summer travelers and fall hunters. This charming, primitive wayside recreational area features a 7-acre nature park. The park is located 13 miles west of Scappoose on the Scappoose-Vernonia Road. For more information, call 503-397-2353
State of Oregon Parks
The mission of the Parks and Recreation Department is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations. The two nearby parks are:
L.L. Stub Stewart
Banks-Vernonia State Trail