Explore close to home to do - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

close to home to do Map

The trail is miles up the road from the park. You keep driving along the road until it turns to gravel and then I followed my gps through the turns. If you put in butte creek falls into your gps it will take you there. Don’t try to go this time of year though because the white gate is closed and you can’t drive down. Currently it says no motor vehicles but if you wanted to park and hike down a few miles to the trail head you could do this. Not sure when it opens back up but I went in late June and it was open to drive down to the trailhead. It’s not a long hike once there but the falls are breathtaking and quick to get to. There are two waterfalls at this location.

We went to where the map shows, namely between 4th and 5th on Crooked Finger Road. There is a very neat and clean park there but no indication of any trail. We asked two locals where the trail head was and were told that there isn't one at this location. The site needs to update their info.

wish u had read the reviews could not find a trail very busy place with people in the river and picnics

It was a nice hike. They have a wooden path that you hike on with railings. I went in the summer and the water was pretty dried up so it was mostly mud under the cat walk. Saw a snake, and a beaver along with some birds. Not dog friendly. Sign says no pets allowed.

There is a ferry but you'll only need to take it depending on the direction you're coming from, ie from the west. Its the Wheatland ferry. For most cars, the cost is $2 each way.
There is a day use fee of $5, cash only. However there is another entrance with a horse trail so there may be another option at that entrance.
This park is very large so the normal trail is the 4.2 miles, but you could easily make it more with the different paths to take.
The middle section of the park has grills, picnic tables and restrooms.
There's TONS of blackberries along the trail, pretty wildflowers, birds and we saw the nation's largest black cottonwood tree.
This place is great for picnics, horseback riding, cycling, jogging, walking, etc. Very pretty, not too crowded and lots of tree cover in most areas.

1 month ago

Trail is closed- wildfire!

nature trips
1 month ago

No trail, you can only get so far up the river when the water is low
Maybe it hasn’t been maintained but we d
Could not find a trail, walked along the river for almost a mile before we had to turn back

Great little hike and beautiful lil falls. We were the only ones there.

Nice walk

2 months ago

If you like flat and uncrowded with a variety of habitats this is a great place for a leisurely stroll. We hiked several of the roads and mowed trails and stopped often to look at birds and the multitude of flowering plants and shrubs. Crossed paths with a pair of dog walkers (dog was on leash) and one family and one man fishing in the stocked lake. The rest of the walk was ours alone!

the grass after the boardwalk was very high, but what a lively walk! herons, ducks, and lots of frogs, drgaonflys, red winged black birds and even an owl... will do again!

A quick fun hike for families.

This was a good hike to kill time. I prefer hikes that are out further away from cities/towns, but this was what was available in the area that I was in. It's pretty, gotta show the kiddos some flood action, and they got to see a road flooded over. Ultimately it's a road/trail, that gets near the Willamette. We also got to see some birds, squirrels, and do some tree identification.

so peaceful and beautiful loved this hike yeah the grass was kinda high but hay it's nature loved it

mountain biking
3 months ago

great place to walk, bike, swim, fish, kayaking, disc fisbee, horseback riding trails..picnic tables & BBQing ! clean bathrooms .. great trees for kids to climb! 4$ to ride the ferry (one way) & 5$ to park .. totally worth it !

I went there today and it was so peaceful! Super easy. There are some nice areas to go off the paved path and relax by the water.

Very easy. Just like a still through the park

Fun little hike!

Yuck. Dead, old broken county roads of old govt facility gone to vines. Remains of buildings & broken fences, bad water signs...hardly any wildlife. Some families trying to fish in stocked pond, garbage dump nearby. ...yuck

Still closed. We decided to try the trail regardless, but it clearly hasn't been maintained in a while and leads you nowhere. Oh well!

5 months ago

It’s was nice and easy but the trail was a bit confusing.

It’s an easy 1.4 mile hike definitely recommend, I took my 6 year old and he loved it.

Most of the path is on a bridge, which is beautiful and then it ends in a little field that goes around the water. Lots of ducks and wild life. No dogs allowed though. love it

Simple and to the point. Beautiful view from the lookout. Our 4 year old walked the whole thing fine. 2 year old needed a little help but it's otherwise very family friendly. Trail Running is not accurate. No Jogging is allowed. Signs there explain why.

It’s currently closed off and you can’t enter the park (1/28/2018) I found out the hard way and drove 30 mins to it :(

We really enjoyed the easy walk with our kids and dog! The path was muddy in a lot of areas and we wish our dog could have been unleashed down the trail but it was still a nice walk!

It’s a neat boardwalk that goes over the water.

9 months ago

So glad I chose this as an alternative hike this morning. I can't wait to watch this area change with the seasons!

nice hike to show the kids the marsh land.

A historically significant area.

Load More