Willamette Mission is one of the most significant and beautiful historic sites in the Willamette Valley. The park occupies land where the first mission for American Indians was founded in 1834 by the Reverend Jason Lee. Members of the Methodist Mission were later active in the formation of Oregon government. A monument is located in the park providing information on this settlement. The original mission buildings are represented by framed outlines called ghost structures. A landing for the Wheatland Ferry -- the first to carry the covered wagon across the Willamette River in 1844 -- is in the park. The park offers many daytime opportunities for boaters, anglers and other users. Some of Willamette Mission's 1,680 acres hold filbert and walnut orchards. The nation's largest black cottonwood is in the park (it's older than the U.S. -- it's been around for over 250 years). There are grassy meadows surrounded by an array of flowers, plants, and trees. For those that enjoy water, there's Mission Lake and the Willamette River. Willamette Mission State Park is perfect for your next picnic! The excellent picnic facilities are reservable for large groups. There are picnic shelters, electricity, restrooms, water faucets, picnic tables, fire rings, sunny areas and trees for shade, plus ample room for parking. You can even rent a large, 4' x 3' charcoal briquet barbecue at the park. The park also has areas set aside for volleyball, horse shoes, softball and soccer. Eight miles of trails run along the Willamette River, with an incredible amount of native birds, plants and wildlife [there's even a self-guided interpretive trail through our riparian education project]. The park staff love a challenge! Plan on Willamette Mission as a part of your corporate picnic or other group activity

Nice walk, mostly paved. Some nice sections; some walking through parking lots. Neither great nor terrible. Although it follows the river, you don't get a lot of views in the summer due to foliage. Would make a great afternoon bike trip for a family.

I’ve never been here before, so I didn’t know what to expect. It was nice to park right by the ferry use that as the starting/ending point of this adventure. The walk is mostly flat, so it’s easy for most people. The majority of the walk is paved, which makes me think of friends with some types of disabilities being able to use the trail easily. I especially liked the abstract representation of the mission site to help me imagine what it looked like in the past.

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.

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.

mountain biking
5 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.

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!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A historically significant area.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Its actually not a bad little place. I like that its often overlooked, so there arent many people there at any given time, unless there is a poker ride. The trail is really short though, and it isnt much of a challenge. When I say "little," I mean just that. Cute place surrounded by farm land, in farm country. Good place to pretend you are in the woods.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

More of a "walk" than a "hike" - I really enjoyed my time here though ❤️

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Nice variety, some open space, some forest. Main loop is mostly paved or smooth gravel. Lots of options to explore besides the main loop, including equestrian trails that don't seem to be highly trafficked. You could easily stretch this to 7-8 miles if so inclined. Trails are very well marked.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

This is a great park to walk the dog, really easy going paths to follow. I would advise the mosquitos in the shaded areas parallel the river were pretty aggressive mid summer but once away from those areas it was easy strolling. Great place to run as well. This is a state park so if you frequent, check out the state parks web site to find the year and two year passes, five bucks a visit can start to add up.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Enjoyed a fun family hike. The trails were covered in snow but still walkable. It was icy and cold but looked like a winter wonderland. Such fun!

horseback riding
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

It's always a nice ride

Sunday, July 31, 2016

It was just so-so.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Beautiful trails with lots of variety. There's pavement, gravel, grass trails etc. A lot of options as to where to go, and it winds next to the river. It's lovely! I included a picture of the map so you guys can see the trail options etc.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

My second hike at Willamette Mission State Park, where I discovered more interesting paths. The one that circles the main park is one of the most interesting. It follows the river, where you can cut through the trees to get to the water. It connects with the Wheatland Ferry to the north. On the south side is Mission Lake and some interesting historical markers.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

My first loop was around the Vision Trail nearest the park entrance. This gave me the first impression that Willamette Mission State Park was a little dull. After further exploration I found out my first loop was the least interesting, and all the other trails are far more interesting, and the park is awesome overall.

Monday, June 27, 2016

This is an awesome hike with a little bit of history thrown in. Beautiful area with lots of trees and singing birds around you. The hike is listed as moderate, but I found it to be easy. I did the educational 2.5 mile loop then wound my way over to the mission trail. Don't leave without seeing the ghost structure of the mission. Will definitely do this hike again.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Nice stroll with the family. 4 year was tired about half way through. Saw and heard lots of birds! All had a good time. Except my shoulders.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Trail was super mucky. Would have been more fun during summer months when things dry out. Also trail was super easy, didn't even get a little sweaty.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Nice, easy flat trails. There are numerous tree identification signs for you to get a sense for the local trees. Also you will see the largest Black Cottonwood tree in the nation, learn about the flood of 1861 that changed the course of the Williamette River and learn to look out for cougars! Yes, there have been cougar sighting in the park just two week ago (last sighted Sept 1, 2015) . So if you are hiking with younger kids keep them reasonably close. There is a small fee ($5) for day use. Also there is a group camp and horse trails.

Nice and easy walk

mountain biking
Saturday, January 03, 2015

Very generic Oregon park, but fun to take a bike ride on! The $5 fee doesn't seem worth it just to go biking, plus it's sort of out of the way of any major town.

Let me say though I didn't get to explore the park much, so there is probably more to offer that I didn't get to experience. Nice open areas. 3/5

Saturday, April 12, 2014

We live a few miles away from this park, so it is fun to ride a bike to (great country roads), walk the loop, then ride home. Maybe a picnic lunch in between. A good bit of exercise and sun.

Monday, July 08, 2013

It's a nice place for a long walk. The scenery is not amazing, but it's still fun!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Standing water on the paths this time of year; however these areas are still passable. Very few people out this time of year.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

This is great for spring, summer and fall walks. The trail is really more of a sidewalk and runs thought the grounds of the park. Great for taking new bike riders to ride.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Alright trail, more of a nature trail. Nice for a relaxing walk on a warm day.

mountain biking
Monday, November 07, 2011

If you are looking for "offroad" riding, ride into the main park and ride the horse trail. The horse trail is a fun cyclocross ride, plenty of mud and places to practice dismounts and run-ups. Pretty flat, well marked trails. Lots of paved trails for running, biking and walking. I would say the horse trail is easy, much more challenging in the winter when its super muddy and slick, probably not very interesting for a mountain biker, most interesting for cyclocross riders and single speed mountain biking.
Best ride is to start at the north end of the park, there is a parking lot right as you get off the East side of the river from the Wheatland ferry. I would suggest parking on the West side of the river and take your bike across the ferry.
The trails spend a lot of time along the Willamette river, lots of great beaches for swimming and picnicking in the summer.

NOTE: As of summer 2011 only walkers are free ride on the ferry, bikes are $1.00 each way, cars are $2.00 each way. They only accept cash, NO CREDIT OR DEBIT cards.

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