Sarah Helmick State Park (also known as Sarah Helmick State Recreation Site) is located 16 miles north of Corvallis and 5 miles south of Monmouth. It is named for an early pioneer and it became Oregon's first state park after the Helmick family donated the land to the state in 1922. It is a relatively small park with day use picnicking facilities and a few short trails along the Luckiamute River. Unfortunately, overnight camping is not permitted.
Distance & drive time (from downtown Corvallis): 16 miles; 22 minutes (see route)