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SHERIDAN WAYSIDE STATE PARK
SHERIDAN WAYSIDE STATE PARK
Sheridan Wayside State Park is a small but charming park that offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of nature. The park features lush greenery and scenic views with its picnic area nestled among tall trees providing shade on sunny days. It's situated near Yamhill River which adds tranquility to this serene environment where one can relax or engage in recreational activities like fishing. Despite being relatively smaller compared to other state parks, Sheridan Wayside stands out for its peaceful ambiance making it perfect for those seeking solitude amidst natural surroundings.

History of the Area
Located in the heart of Oregon's wine country, this park was established as a state highway rest area during the 1930s. It is named after Sheridan, an adjacent city that has its roots back to mid-19th century when it served as a key location for pioneers traveling on their way west.

The land where the park now sits was originally inhabited by Native American tribes such as Yamhill and Kalapuya before European settlers arrived. The site became part of State Highway Division's roadside development program under National Park Service guidance around 1929-30.

During World War II, many parks were closed due to lack of maintenance funds but this one remained open serving travelers along Route 18B with picnic tables and restroom facilities. In later years, improvements like paved parking areas were added making it more accessible for visitors.




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1. Start by getting on US:26 W/US-30 W from SW 6th Ave and NW Lovejoy St.
2. Continue on US:26 W for approximately 35 miles.
3. Take exit 57 toward OR:99W S/Sherwood/Newberg.
4. Merge onto Tualatin:Sherwood Rd/Tonquin Rd and continue to follow OR-99W S for about 20 miles.
5. Once you reach Sheridan, turn left onto Bridge St/Old West Valley Hwy N (signs for Willamina).
6. Continue straight onto Old West Valley Hwy N until you see signs directing you to the entrance of Sheridan Wayside State Park.

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