Marion County parks are closed until further notice. The closure includes all Marion County parks, trails, restrooms, picnic areas, boat ramps, play structures, and all other facilities. This is part of the countywide effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Bonesteele Park is located on Aumsville Highway between Salem and Aumsville. This site, formerly part of a commercial grass field, is being restored to an upland prairie ecosystem, and is part of the Natural Heritage Parks Program.
Upland prairie ecosystems, once common in the Willamette Valley, have become increasingly rare as have the plants and animals that rely on them. The restoration of Bonesteele Park is intended to bring back a landscape that will increase biodiversity, enhance wildlife habitat, and provide an educational and recreational resource for area residents. Dogs are allowed at Bonesteele Park but must be kept on a leash.
"I rode through the entire upper settlement of
the East of the willhamet [Waldo Hills] and
was highly pleased with the beautiful veriaty
of hill and vally so softly varied and intermingled
with hill and dale as Likewis timber and Prairie
all luxuriently clothed in a rich and heavy coat
of vegetation and litterly clothed in Flowers
the uplands in yallow and the vallys in purple.
The Quantity of small flowering vegittiles is verry remarkable and beyond all conception."
James Clyman 1846
Bonesteele County Park
6223 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, OR 97317