Description - Resting on the border between Lane and Benton Counties, this wayside makes a great picnic spot (especially if you've decided to travel through the Willamette Valley along Hwy. 99W instead of the interstate). This is a well-shaded park thanks to the Douglas-fir trees.
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Washburne State Wayside
- Several interpretive signs relate the story of the Applegate Trail, a historic route that stretched through Oregon from the south. A nature trail takes you through grove. Picnic tables provide a shaded area for picnicking.
Vital stats: There is no fee to use this park.
Recreation - Washburne offers opportunities for picnicking, walking a nature trail, viewing interpretive signs, watching wildlife and bird watching.
Climate - Climate in this region changes with elevation. The area receives a high amount of precipitation. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April in the form of rain at the low elevations and as wet heavy snow in the higher elevations. Winter temperatures are normally cool at the lower elevations and cold at the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent and does not stay on the ground for long. Late spring, summer and early autumn bring the best chance for clear, sunny days and bring moderate temperatures.
Washburne is located in the Willamette Valley Region, off U.S. Highway 99W, 4 miles northwest of Junction City.