Elijah Bristow State Park

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Elijah Bristow State Park
Elijah Bristow State Park 1 (Pleasant Hill, Oregon).jpg
Picnic area in the park
Elijah Bristow State Park is located in Oregon
Elijah Bristow State Park
Type Public, state
Location Lane County, Oregon
Nearest city Eugene
Coordinates 43°55′14″N 122°48′44″W / 43.9206813°N 122.8122947°W / 43.9206813; -122.8122947Coordinates: 43°55′14″N 122°48′44″W / 43.9206813°N 122.8122947°W / 43.9206813; -122.8122947[1]
Area 847 acres (343 ha)
Operated by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Open Year-round

Elijah Bristow State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Oregon, administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. It has more than 10 miles (16 km) of well-maintained trails along ponds, wetlands, meadows, and the Middle Fork Willamette River, and through forests of broadleaf and evergreen trees. The trails are open to horses, hikers, and mountain bikers, and there is a separate equestrian staging area popular with riding clubs.[2]

The 847-acre (343 ha) park was named for Elijah Bristow, one of the first pioneer settlers in Lane County. Located directly downstream of Dexter Reservoir, the site was originally called Dexter State Park. It was renamed in 1979 to honor Bristow, who founded the nearby community of Pleasant Hill in the mid-19th century.[3]

The park's trail system includes part of a trail linking Alton Baker Park in Eugene to the Pacific Crest Trail near Oakridge. Named trails in the park include Equestrian, River, Lost Creek, Pond Loop, and Fishermen's, which interconnect "like a tangle of intersecting puzzle pieces".[3]

Wildlife in the park includes salmon and steelhead, osprey, great blue herons, bald eagles and beaver. Among the thousands of species in the park are the threatened Western pond turtle and the Oregon chub.[2]

Activities, in addition to hiking, horse riding, biking, and fishing, include wildlife watching, picnicking, and boating.[2] A wildlife viewing platform overlooks the pond complex in the park.[3]

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  1. ^ "Elijah Bristow State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Elijah Bristow State Park". Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved March 31, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Bannan, Jan (2002). Oregon State Parks (2nd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers Books. pp. 141–42. ISBN 0-89886-794-0.