Well here we are at the beginning of our blog adventure. We are going to keep you updated all all the Douglas County outdoors. So to start off here is a park spotlight.
Did you know that Douglas County has 50+ parks? I’m sure you haven’t been to all of them so we will be spotlighting some for you to explore.
Iverson Memorial Park
Although Iverson Memorial Park was dedicated in 1966, It is one of the lesser-known parks of Douglas County. This park contains old-growth timber, hiking trails, an amazingly beautiful stream, and may be one of the most beautiful parks In the county. It is also surrounded by pristine cathedral-like old growth where the marbled murulet and spotted owl have been detected. This was the first time we had been out to the park and it was well worth the drive. Immediately upon arrival, the kids scrambled out of the car and ran straight down the trail to the stream. They then collected pine cones and bombarded us with questions about the mushrooms and many other natural wonders found within the park.
When you arrive at the park, there is a picnic table and large grassy area for the little monsters to play. It is a nice place to bring the kids for a picnic to run about or there is plenty of space for a big get together. Then you can head off to the trails!
Most of the park has wooded trails to explore. There is a group known as the Friends of Iverson Memorial Park that has hosted mushroom picking outings at the park. Also, Tenmile Creek meanders through the park and looks like a stream straight out of the children’s movie “Fern Gully”.
So if you are looking for a place that is a little more wild, Iverson Park is the destination for you. There is plenty of space for the kids to play and explore or you can walk along some peaceful trails. NOTE: This park does not have a bathroom. I know that can be a deal breaker for some people but plan accordingly.
The park is about 30 minute from Roseburg right off the Coos Bay Wagon Road.
There has been a lot of talk locally about the future of some of the Douglas County parks. Currently the Friends of Iverson Memorial Park group and others are working to adopt this park. If you are interested in joining that effort, please contact them.