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Ruth Bascom Willamette 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.

Length 7.6 mi Elevation gain 127 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Road biking

Walking

Bird watching

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Getting There

This is a paved path along both sides of the Willamette River. From the parking lot you can enter the trail system at any point. Visitors will be in the shade for much of the hike and you'll pass along informational signs, milage markers, and 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 your car.

City of Eugene Park & Rec

The Ruth Bascom Riverbank Trail System in Eugene runs 22 miles total on both sides of the Willamette River as it runs through town. The section discribed here is the loop from Valley River Center (shopping mall) at the Greenway Bridge down to the Ferry Street Bridge. From I-5 take HWY 126 exit at Eugene Oregon and head west and follow signs to Valley River Center. Park in the back barking lot along the river and you can enter the trail system any where along the parking lot.

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Larry Benson
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Mountain biking
Nathan Maynard
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Hiking

This is a very popular bike and running path. I myself long boarded the path, half of which the paved path gets jagged but running or biking the path would have no problems. Beautiful views of the river, benches and parks along the way.

Jay Griffo
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Hiking

was ok I like more wooded areas with un paved paths but was a nice path on the river

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Jennifer Key
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Very nice for an easy walk with the dogs

Todd Cornie
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Hiking

what a great walk.. it has some residential streets and very beautiful trees and river views..

Steve Nelson
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Hiking

Great trails. Website needs improvement. Get rid of Facebook tie to maps, inexcusably complex and time consuming. It will greatly improve everyone's experience!

Wade Lawson
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Great place to walk in town. Kid friendly dog friendly.

Cindy Hansen
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We just moved to this area and there were no trail systems like this where we lived before. I love that you can travel the length of the city without even knowing that you are in the city. Great scenery!

Joey Deagle
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Road biking

Nice path system to get you around town quickly on bike. Great spot to escape to; it's easy to get to and from. Nice walking path, but heavily trafficked. Few swim spots. You can access the Owen Rose Garden from there. It's a nice option to get away when you don't have much time.

Amanda Moore
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easy path that follows the banks of the river shore. Biking running walking pathway. Dogs on leash... some swimming spots too.

Galen Huber
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it's a good bike highway between springfield and eugene

George McKee
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Walking

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.

Tom Ramsay
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Road biking

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 :)

Matthew Howell
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Walking
First to Review

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.

Jason Martinez
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Mountain biking
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Diane Sollinger
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Hiking
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Laurie Goe
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Hiking
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Brad Mabie
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Road biking
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Amanda D.
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Hiking
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AI Wanders
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Hiking
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Sam Rodgers
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Hiking
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Zuko Bueno
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Hiking
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Dan Hakes
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Hiking
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Kirby Landau
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Road biking
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Ron Stone
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Rudolf Korv
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Gregory Vollmer
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Hiking
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Amy Cook
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Road biking
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Erin Connor
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Paddle sports
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Juanita Resto
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Hiking
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