Beautiful setting along with rustic camping, although some folks managed to get some fairly large RVs through the trees and cars along the narrow interior roads. We were glad to be towing a small rented travel trailer instead of our 35' 5th wheel. This park was built by the National Parks Service, so it has the typical narrow roads, small campsites, and no RV facilities other than a dump station at the exit. Our site was perfectly level and very private, even though the Visitors Center was next to it. The sites along the Smith River are the best in the park, and probably hard to get. The restrooms and showers were typical NPS style, and were in need of some refurbishing, although they were fairly clean. It was quite cool in the morning, and I was surprised to find that the heat was on in the restrooms. We would like to return to this park in the shoulder seasons and spend a few days exploring the trails through the redwoods and along the river.
We last stayed at Honeyman in the late 1980s. For this visit we were in the new part of the park (H loop). The new sites are more in the open, spaced well apart, and are very long. We arrived during a fine example of Oregon mist, and the open campsite was not as gloomy as the older ones in the trees. If you have a big rig, try to get a spot in the H loop. If your visit is between October and April, it helps if you like ATVs, as this is the only part of the park where they are allowed on the park roads. The restrooms and showers were modern and clean. We enjoyed our 2 day stay, and our opinion remains that Oregon state parks are some of the best. NOTE: The header for this park gives the city location as Rouge River. This is in error, as Rogue River is a little town between Medford and Grants Pass on I-5. Honeyman is located 3 miles south of Florence. Make sure to head into town for a meal at Mo's, home of the best seafood on the Oregon coast.
Our last trip to Fort Stevens was in the mid 1980s. On this trip we were in the old part of the park, and not much has changed over 20 years. The new entrance center office and parking lot is very nice. The staff was very friendly and efficient in checking us in and changing one of our reserved campsites to get our group closer together. Our sites had water and electricity only, which was fine given that there are sink water disposal basins spread throughout the loop. Carrying a few buckets of gray water when necessary is fine with us as long as the distance is short. The centralized garbage and recycling was new to us, as there used to be garbage cans spread around the loops. The restroom in our loop didn't have showers, and it was about as clean as possible given its age, traffic level and reduced park staffing. We have always considered the Oregon state parks to be some of the best, and this visit to Fort Stevens supported that opinion.
We found the park management to be very helpful. When I made the reservation, I explained that our son and his family were traveling with us using a tent. Although the park is not set up for tents, they accommodated us by giving us an end spot with a large grassy area for the tent, and shutting off the sprinklers to keep it dry. Our grandkids loved all of the water features around the small golf course. The park is very well maintained, including the restrooms. Another plus is its distance from I-5 (about 2 miles, and the adjacent road was lightly traveled during our overnight stay. The park fronts a large still pool on the Umpquah River, and has a dock for swimming and fishing. This park goes on our "we will be back" list as it looked like a great place to sit and relax for a few days.
We arrived at 11pm after a very hectic departure day. Our reserved campsite was easy to find in the dark after locating it on the map outside the office. In the morning we found that we had a beautiful view down the creek which runs through the park. The restroom and shower facilities are rustic, but were clean, in working order, and free. Ice was available on the honor system, which was nice as we departed before the office opened and needed to top up the coolers. We will go back to spend a few days when we don't have plans further up the road.