Set along one of the most relaxing bends of the Sandy River, and just off of Historic Columbia River Highway, Dabney State Park* is a quintessential summer weekend family destination. Whether you are looking to wade in the Sandy River's deep waters, drift on an inner tube down to Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area, layout on a beach towel on the sandy shores, or invite the whole extended family for an all-day picnic bonanza, this park has a little bit of something for everyone.
Since 1998, Dabney State Park has been home to Portland's first fully-dedicated and best disc golf courses. Located on the eastern portion of the park, the 18-hole course rambles though a stout Douglas fir forest, small ponds, and an old orchard.
*Interestingly, Richard T. Dabney, an early settler in the area, was the original promoter for the development of a resort and hotel at Crown Point along the Historic Columbia River Highway. Although Dabney's vision never came to fruition, his advocacy for the tourism potential of the historic highway was, to a degree, successful. The Gorge is a popular tourism destination. The land making up Dabney State Park was originally the summer home for Dabney and his wife Martha.
Note: The picnic shelter can be reserved by calling 1.800.452.5687, but due to the park's popularity, you'll need to call well in advance during the summer months. Reservations cost $58.