Pioneer Park and blackberry picking in Stayton, Oregon
For the recent eclipse I decided to take a trip to the Stayton, Oregon area to stay with some family. Unfortunately, my stay which I expected to only last a couple days turned into almost two weeks. The benefit of this was being able to see more than I had expected.
There is a great place just off Stayton-Scio road, just after the water treatment facility where there is a walking path filled with blackberries. It seems like it was nearly the end of blackberry picking season. However, we were able to fill up a whole gallon container of blackberries. And best of all they are FREE!
Park your car on the side of this gate and walk through. Many people walk there dogs along this path, so they offer free bags for picking up the poo. There are still people who don’t pick it up though so watch where you walk. Oh, and I recommend not getting those low hanging blackberries that are in the range of a dog lifting its leg. LOL
It was a beautiful place with a nice river and not many people. We only saw one or two other people while we were there.
A little pond on one side and a river on the other.
Years ago when I came here before there was a bridge that connected this walking path to Pioneer park, but the bridge was taken down.
The next day we decided to take the kids to the park, have a picnic, and go on a hike through the woods.
Pioneer park has a gorgeous covered bridge. It was actually burnt down years ago, but they rebuilt it similar to what it would have been. It’s fun to walk across and take pictures on. Every time I have been here there doesn’t seem to be many people, which is really nice for taking photos. I always feel awkward taking photos of things when people are standing there.
Here is the photo of the bridge I took last time I was in town:
Over the little wooden bridge from the playground begins our hike through the woods.
The walk through the woods was gorgeous. Most of the trail is covered in shade from trees, but by the river it was sunny and bright.
Stayton is a nice little town with plenty of locally-owned restaurants and thrift shops. If you find yourself driving down highway 22 in need of a place to stretch your legs, I recommend stopping in Stayton.
Tune in soon for my trip to Silver Creek Falls in Silverton, Oregon!