Outdoor adventure seekers will find recreation at its best at the Morrow-Grant County OHV Park.
In northwestern Grant County, the off-highway vehicle park is located approximately 32 miles north of Kimberly on the Heppner-Spray Highway 207.
The turnoff to the park, Forest Road 21, is well marked with signage that is lit at night, and about a quarter-mile farther is the park.
Boasting 300 miles of trails, there are paths for four-wheelers, side-by-sides and motorcycles for beginner and intermediate, as well as more challenging hill climbs.
Hikers and mountain bikers can also take advantage of the trails, and equestrians enjoy riding off-trail.
“It’s open to everybody,” said Greg Close, who is the Morrow County general manager of parks operations.
The park is about 9,000 acres in size, with 2,000 acres in Grant County.
“It’s a really nice place to come visit and stay,” Close said. “It’s a good place to camp and enjoy nature, and go out and enjoy the forest with our dedicated trail system.”
He added the amenities are an added bonus.
There are two bathroom facilities, one near the tent campsites and the other near the RV campsites, which have six individual shower stalls, toilets and sinks.
A restaurant called The Landing is on site if campers want the day off from cooking.
The bathrooms and restaurant are open to passersby, including hunters.
The site features a playground, horseshoe pit and a golf area with driving range and chipping course as well as fishing ponds that are stocked by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
There are 98 campsites, including group sites, and nine cabins. For RVs, full hookups, including 50 amp for bigger campers with water and sewer, and partial hookups are available.
The park has special permits for year-round campfires.
Deputies patrol the site, a medic is always on standby and the park has its own fire department.
Two training centers are available for hands-on lessons for OHV riders. ATV safety training is mandatory for all Class I quad and Class III motorcycle riders riding on public lands in Oregon.
“We really work on being a family-oriented place for grandma, grandpa, the kids and grandkids,” Close said.
For reservations, call 541-989-8214, or for more information, call the main office at 541-989-9500.
Close will have a booth at the Aug. 15-18 Grant County Fair in John Day.