Ruth Bascom Williamette Riverbank Path is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Eugene, Oregon that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Paved bike/walking path along both sides of the Willamette River From the parking lot you can enter the trail system at any point, I like to stay on the north side of the river and head east in a "clockwise" course. You'll be in the shade for much of the hike and you'll pass along informational signs, milage markers, beautiful views of the river. This is a very popular trail system so watch for bikers, joggers, skateboarders, etc. Cross over the river at the DeFazio Bike Bridge at the Ferry Street bridge (about 1.7 miles up stream from Valley River) turning right and heading down stream on the south side of the river. You'll pass by Skinner Butte Park, Owen Rose Garden, and and Maurie Jacob's Park take a right onto the Greenway Bike Bridge to cross back over the river to you car.
it's a good bike highway between springfield and eugene
We walked a loop that took us over Coburg Road and by Skinner Butte. The "trail" is actually a cement walkway that parallels the Willamette river on both sides. We walked on a very cold and foggy New Years Day but many people were using the trail. I'm sure the views are beautiful when the sun is out.
Great Scenic Ride or Walk, you might get a little lost near the U of O campus as it goes through parking lots. Park at Valley River and do a couple laps while your wife is shopping :)
A very enjoyable path that runs alongside the Willamette River. Great for a weekend bike ride through the heart of Eugene, or a walk on a fall afternoon. There are many views available of the river along the trail, as well as parks. Perfect path to bring along the kids and the camera.