Story by Terry Richards ~ Oregonian
"It may look like a grave marker of a long lost surveyor. But it's not.
The piece of inscribed stone sunk into the Coast Range forest, not far off U.S. 26, marks the only place in Oregon where four county points meet.
There's another Four Corners in America that is a big-time tourist destination. That would be the only place where four state boundaries meet: Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.
In Oregon, our Four County Point in the Tillamook State Forest notes the meeting of Clatsop, Columbia, Washington and Tillamook counties.
The trailhead has a brown four counties sign on the north side of U.S. 26, at milepost 34.8 (this is 2.9 miles west of the Timber-Vernonia junction, or about 39 miles west of Portland).
It takes about an hour to make the one mile hike and back to see the marker and stand on all four counties at once. That makes Four County Point a quick leg-stretching hike when you're driving between Portland and the northern Oregon coast."
So let me help you plan your Oregon Geotourism experience. Spend a day or two in Portland, experience amazing Northwest Culinary treats and the unique Portland bed and breakfasts of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild. Then head out Hwy 26, visit the Four Counties Marker before traveling on to an Oregon Coast lodging resting spot. A perfect Seaside Oregon bed and breakfast is the 10th Ave Inn B&B, where panoramic windows provide views of the ocean, Seaside's famous Promenade, beach homes and the coast mountain range.
And then there is the drive down the Oregon Coast. Talk about an Oregon Geotourism Experience? But that's another blog.