CHANDLER STATE WAYSIDE
Take a break from the open road and pull into this uncharacteristically wooded area. Have a spot of lunch alongside a cool stream or rest in the shade of large ponderosa pine. The park has picnic tables, drinking water, flush toilets, and access to Crooked Creek, home to rainbow trout and crayfish.
Located in Oregon, this particular state park was established as a wayside for travelers during the 1930s. It is named after Solon Shingle Chandler who donated land to the State of Oregon with an intention to create a rest stop and picnic area along Highway 31.
The initial donation consisted of approximately eight acres which were later expanded by additional purchases from Mr. Chandler himself and other private owners over time, bringing it up to its current size of around eighty-five acres.
During World War II, there was significant logging activity within the site due to timber shortages caused by war efforts; however post-war restoration work helped recover much of its natural beauty.