Simpson Park Trail

EASY 7 reviews

Simpson Park Trail is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Albany, 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.

3.2 miles
39 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers



While it is a relatively primitive waterfront trail, this 1.3 mile (2.2 km) trail along the Willamette River is reasonably peaceful most of the time. During much of the year it is not possible to see the Willamette River just on the other side of the dense trees, however. The park trail divides a small lake off from the river, and this is called "First Lake". Simpson Park has a small craft launch (no motorized craft, and the access point closes at dusk). This boat launch is really only for hand-carried craft anyway as a practical matter. The majority of the trail is densely packed gravel, and seems to be pretty good even in wet weather. Birders should keep their eyes out for various forest birds, including passing Cedar Waxwings, and Bald Eagles perched on the trees near the river. In winter there are dozens of pigeons on First Lake. The park is directly across the street from the Talking Water Garden and this area should be explored as well, especially if you are interested in bird life. However, the Talking Water Garden closes at dusk while Simpson Park remains open until 10 (except the small craft launch).

7 months ago

There is some truth to the vagrancy in the park and on the trail. They're harmless, and they'll leave you alone. Law enforcement is down here fairly often to watch them. Saying that, I won't park my car at Bowman Park. I live a few miles from downtown Albany and I'll make a day of walking to Davis Clark Path and down through this trail to enjoy the water. The views, the quiet in a noisy town, it's worth it. An easy trek to get 5-6 miles each way if the waters are normal or low height and you start at Monteith.

8 months ago

nice quiet walk

8 months ago

There was some really high water so most of the trail was several inches under. Doesn't take much I guess since it's right next to the river. Nice area though.

Great for a nice walk on a clear day.

10 months ago

Beautiful stroll between the river & 2 small lakes

6 months ago

Tuesday, October 27, 2015