Elijah Bristow State Park is located on the Willamette River, and is easy to reach via State Highway 58 southeast of the Eugene. The park was named for one of the first pioneer settlers in Lane County and is comprised of 847 acres of scattered meadows, woodlands and wetlands. Elijah Bristow has more than 10 miles of trail for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Part of the trail system includes a portion of the Eugene to Pacific Crest trail. Salmon and steelhead trout abound during annual runs in one of the few stretches of the lower Willamette with fast-moving white water. Unique wildlife nesting and habitat areas fill the park's islands and sloughs. Channel Lake, a land-locked river channel that meanders through the park, eventually empties back into the Willamette. The lake and a short stretch of Lost Creek are home to a diverse community of plants and wildlife. A dense canopy of broadleaf and evergreen trees with a lush understory of shrubs and herbaceous plants provides an excellent area for nature study and outdoor education. Osprey, great blue heron, bald eagles and beaver live in and near the park. Elijah Bristow is also home to several threatened species, including the Western pond turtle and the Oregon chub. You'll find old-growth cottonwood, bigleaf maple, western red cedar, Douglas fir and western hemlock along with stands of Oregon ash and white oak. Elijah Bristow has three reservable picnic areas complete with picnic tables, water, electricity, restrooms and fire rings. Area B has a large barbecue stand. There is also ample opportunity for informal picnicking in other, first-come/first-served areas of the park. A separate equestrian staging area with tables, water electricity and a restroom make Bristow a favorite destination with local riding clubs

walking
6 days ago

This is an easy and leisurely path for people of all skill levels. There are good views of the creek and the river. It's an easy little excursion if you live around Eugene or Cottage Grove and need to get a little fresh air.

2 months ago

Very nice little Saturday....watch out for horses and their piles...

2 months ago

Not too many people on a Saturday in May. These trails are very easy and wander near river and thru some dense forest. There were several people on horseback so keep your eyes peeled for them and their piles....

trail running
3 months ago

Really great! Beautiful scenery. Only thing is that it gets really muddy when it rains. Great place for bikejoring. You can train your dogs without other people being distracting. Long trails for the dogs to run.

backpacking
4 months ago

Hi! There is good river access and it’s a good hike for young kids. It’s a little muddy still at the beginning of March, but fun to see horses on the trail. (Noah, 9)

hiking
6 months ago

Nice and easy hike to the river and back, through the flood plane to the main park rd. lots of ferns and foliage and a good sitting spot right on the river. Trail opens to a nice meadow near the end with a great view of Mt. June. Kid friendly and easy on the knees. There is quite a few different routes to choose from, so hiking opportunities are varied.

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

Easy hike for my 3 & 6 year old sons and my 70+ year old parents. Very flat and simple. Mostly shaded, but one long stretch of full sun. There is a little swimming hole near Lost Creek picnic area that we enjoyed post hike.

hiking
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Easy, mostly flat walk. Watch for mosquitoes at dawn or dusk this early June (June 3). Terrific bird songs in the trees in this area.

walking
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A beautiful quick walk. Perfect for a winter 26 degree day.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

can be mosquito -ridden and muddy, but a great trail system to wander for an hour or two.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

great for beginners, or just getting back into the swing of things

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

When using Apple Maps, take a right where Seri says the route ends and continue straight until you cross a bridge. The destination will be on your left; there's a parking area you can't miss.

Beautiful trail in Elijah Bristow State Park. Worth walking a little further past the turnaround onto River Trail. After the turnaround keep an eye out for access points to the creek on the right; it's worth stopping for.

My only restraint is that the maps and trail markers can be a little misleading. Stay keen!

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11 months ago

on Elk Trail

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on Turtle Trail

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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