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Thursday, August 18, 2011


Site 38Our Opinion: Recommend.  If you are a Passport America member, the price is very good.

Date of Stay: August 14-15, 2011

Weather During Stay:  Beautiful sunshine without too much heat.

Site Description:   Sites here are well designed for easy pull-through, with grass between the sites and a dedicated spot to park your tow/towed at the back of each site.  Our site had FHU, 30 and 50 amps, plus cable TV.  Each site had a picnic table, and sites are reasonable roomy for a commercial park.

Interior roads and sites are gravel/dirt, so a little dusty in dry weather.  Getting into the park and your site is easy; getting out is a little less easy.  Signs indicate that you are not to use the entrance road as an exit, but many big rigs did - making a left turn from the designated exit (to head west on Hwy 213) was next to impossible in a big rig.

Silver Spur overviewIt’s a big park (134 sites) with nice facilities including a couple of ponds, short walking trails, and a very large lodge/office building.  Price includes good WiFi.

Rate: $17/night for Passport America (minimal restrictions apply); twice that otherwise.

Phone/radio/TV: Good Verizon signal for phones and aircard.  We used their WiFi while here, and it was usually reasonably fast.  No obstacles for roof-mounted satellite dish, and they offered dozens of stations on cable TV.  We also got many local stations on the air antenna.  NPR on 91.5.   

Elevation/Landscape/Terrain:  Level park in a semi-rural area.  Views are of neighbors and distant trees.

Lighting/Noise: Considering the proximity to a major county road, this park was pleasingly quiet, and was reasonably dark at night (low lighting).

Rig and LodgeFavorite Sites: No favorites here.  Our site, 38, faced NW, so our patio side was shaded in the afternoon.

Hiking/Walking:  The park has a short walking trail around the ponds (we saw a Blue Heron).  You could walk into downtown Silverton (1 mile) and to Safeway (¼ mile or so?).

Comments: This is a good home base for exploring the Oregon Garden, Salem (Oregon’s capitol) or making a trip to Silver Falls State Park (15 miles away).  We had a pleasant stay at a very reasonable price.

1 comment:

squawmama said...

Looks like a beautiful park... I'll keep it in mind for our next trip out west!