Bates State Park

John Day, Oregon 97845

Bates State Park

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This camp unveiled in 2012 smacks of both newness and history. It lacks the shade and comfort of long-established campgrounds, but it tells a story. It occupies the site of a one-time lumber mill company town (1917 through the 1960s). Today only the millpond and a lilac bush speak to the former population of 400 and the mill that supported them. Situated along the Middle Fork John Day River and its side creeks, the camp serves both as a John Day Country travel base and a jump-off to the outdoor recreation that once entertained the townspeople. The park has 3 miles of hiking trail, and OR 7 is on the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail and the Journey Through Time National Scenic Byway."

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Trail Information

John Day
Nearby City
Mid-May–Oct, dependent on snow
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department
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Dec 2018