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Champoeg State Heritage Area Loop

EASY 128 reviews

Champoeg State Heritage Area Loop is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Saint Paul, Oregon that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.6 miles Elevation Gain: 403 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

forest

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

over grown

Take a walk or ride around this historic 615 acre park along the Willamette River. This park is where the first provisional government of Oregon was formed in 1843. The park has a lot to offer for everyone including wetland areas, a butte (La Butte), picnic areas, disc golf, camping areas, and a variety of trails for both hiking and biking as well as.

hiking
24 days ago

nice easy walk

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome for kids and to convince your non-hiking friends to go on a hike with you! Will definitely be back and loved the history. The staff at the visitor center are AMAZING and were just the best with my son. Hooked him up with a junior ranger activity book and I’ve never seen him more interested in a trail! Thank you so much!

hiking
2 months ago

Fun little nature walk along the willamette river. Good for kids and dogs

hiking
2 months ago

took the kids out for a bike ride on the trail and they were able to enjoy the entire trip. mostly flat, with some mild incline that gave a little challenge without overwhelming them. I imagine that it is even more beautiful in Spring when more of the wild flowers are blooming. We will definitely hit the trail again sometime soon.

hiking
3 months ago

We love this place, and so close to home. My mom and I walked a total of 8.5 miles and didn't even see it all. We were disappointed to see the Butte Creek store was closed but we'll try it again! Great campground and the bathrooms were clean!

hiking
4 months ago

very flat and amazing views. Great for first time hikers

running
5 months ago

Easy trails for a runner- very flat with a couple of fun turn offs. Recommend the trail near the river- you can be on soft surfaces for at least 2 miles and then add as much/ as little as you want on the bike path. Peaceful park and pretty quiet on a weekday. You do have to pay $5 for entry if you don’t have a pass.

hiking
6 months ago

Pretty easy trail we rode bikes and stopped at end of trail store for some snacks. Overall easy ride

8 months ago

a nice park, lots of history. easy walking. watch out for dog droppings, irresponsible owners.

hiking
8 months ago

Trails are easy for beginners...

hiking
Monday, September 10, 2018

this was a nice easy flat hike. great weather in September.

hiking
Friday, August 31, 2018

The trails are easy, but fun. Its great for beginners or people with kids, but if you're looking for a challenge I would look somewhere else. The park also has a heratige museum and various educational opportunities which the kids really enjoyed. There are also places for cycling and camping, so you could easily spend a whole day there and not run out of things to do.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Went for a bike ride. It’s a nice park, just be ware of cyclist heading in the opposite direction on the path since it’s just the right size for two cyclist in most areas.

road biking
Monday, June 25, 2018

Great park! Took my small kids (6 and 4) to ride the bike trail, which is about 8 miles round trip. There is a small section between the trail and the country store that is a little sketchy with small kids, because you are riding down a steep hill on a busy road. It is too bad the guard rail does not extend throughout this entire section. Otherwise this route is safe and great for kids.

road biking
Sunday, May 20, 2018

hiking
Saturday, March 10, 2018

hiking
Monday, February 12, 2018

Great park with a heritage/country feel and this path is accessible all-year long! Start at the Nature Center and wander down the hill, over the footbridge and west along the meadows to watch swifts and swallows feeding and nesting, and raptors keeping an eye on them. In the spring and fall, any planted fields are tilled by late 1800s era horse team - fun to watch. Follow the path west from the open fields into the forested Riverside Day Use area featuring French Prairie/Champoeg European settlement history. This area is beautiful in spring and peppered with wildflowers and chives. The path winds north into riparian forest along the Willamette and this area is full of owls, ospreys, turkey vultures, black-tail deer, and other critters. I have seen salmon popping their heads out of the river here. The trail switches east along the elevated bank of the Willamette which gives users an idea of the unbelievable amount of water needed to flood the area in 1894 and 1996. Follow the riverside trail around another Day Use area known for Disc Golf, and again into riparian forest where the footpath meets with the bike path. In the summer months, follow the bike path all the way to the Historic Butteville Store - they have ice cream! A long loop but a great place to busy your feet! Also, if you are a green thumb too, visit the 1860 Kitchen Garden, a heritage heirloom crop garden just outside the Nature Center.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Love this place , good memories, nice trees

walking
Tuesday, January 02, 2018

What a lovely, easy stroll! Dogs & families everywhere. Would definitely come back.

hiking
Sunday, December 31, 2017

running
Sunday, December 17, 2017

Absolutely beautiful.

hiking
Friday, November 24, 2017

I've been hiking here before. It's a great hike for beginners. Not too difficult. Wish the view along the rivers was better though.

walking
Monday, October 30, 2017

great view of the fall trees & river

walking
Friday, September 29, 2017

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

Easy hike - went from the visitor station to the little market 3 miles away and back. Wish there was more river access!

walking
Monday, May 01, 2017

The path I took was entirely paved. The area is beautiful and definitely feels like you're out away from the city. Good for biking.

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

I did the Townsite Trail and looped back on the bike path. Had an off-leash dog come after my leashed dog (per leash rule). So irritating. He was fine, but I saw several dogs off leash. FYI.

hiking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I started on the Townsite Trail and then looped back on the bike path. Nice, low crowd April Saturday morning hike with my leashed dog. Until...an off-leash dog came after us. My dog was fine, but the other owner was a total jerk. Why can't people follow the trail use rules, especially if their dog is aggressive? The experience ruined what started out as a great experience. I saw a few other dogs off leash by the docks. So, if you're a dog person and don't want issues, leave your dog at home for this one. People just do not follow the leash rule when on the trails. Too bad.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Great for kids!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

nice long walk, well gromed trails and great scenery. I rated it a four cause there probably would have been too many people if it was warmer out.

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