Waters Creek Intrepretive Trail

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Waters Creek Intrepretive Trail is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Wilderville, Oregon that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.2 miles Elevation Gain: 367 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly






wild flowers

The Waters Creek Wheelchair Accessible Trail is a gravel surfaced loop trail with interpretive signs that tell you about stream and forest ecology in the Waters Creek watershed. An additional loop trail about two miles in length continues up Waters Creek from the wheelchair accessible loop. The first 1.0 mile loop is Barrier Free. A second loop is for hikers only and both trails follow Water Creek with many views of drainage's, wild flowers, animal usage, and has a mixture of hardwoods and conifer with some old trees scattered through out. Benches and interpretive signs are available along the trail.

2 months ago

Lovely shady trail. The interpretive signs need to be refreshed but some were readable and interesting. Encounter a nasty woman with 2 dogs off leash which she had zero control over and she left their mess on the trail. My dog was on a leash and she told me I shouldn’t bring my dog there if her off leash dogs bothered me. Oh well-some people don’t have to follow the rules I guess.

3 months ago

My dog & I hike this regularly for an hour + cardio workout. It’s perfect; there is slight climbing and gently rolling hills. There is NO water in the upper creeks at this writing - 6/9/19 - but there are still plenty of places where your pup(s) can get a drink. The ticks are bad this year so, be sure to give your best friend a thorough going over, not to mention YOURSELF. It’s lovely, cool, aromatic and mostly serene although today I ran into a large family of at least 10, half of which were children aged 5 and under. Drive with respect for the private property owners the last mile!

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3 months ago

3 months ago

Our route combined the Waters Creek ADA trail and the Waters Creek hikers trail. The ADA section is wider and mostly flat. The hikers section is a hilly narrow trail with several run-off crossings. We suggest pants, both areas have poison oak along the sides of the tail, especially closer to the creek. We saw several people with dogs. Keep in mind they'll be brushing through poison oak. There is a nice parking area with a restroom at the trailhead. This hike is mostly shady with an abundance of ferns, moss, and flowers mixed in the trees.

4 months ago

Path well maintained. There is quite a bit of poison oak but you can avoid it. If you want the full trail, take the Hikers only trail. We hiked early May and the wildflowers were blooming. Great hike.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike with lots of little wildflowers. The weather was perfect! The trail is well marked and easy to follow, and my little chihuahua did awesome on it. Only saw a couple of people on the trail. Will do again!

5 months ago

pretty scenery and flowers

5 months ago

Easy loop trail hike that follows the creek. Well maintained. I came at 8 am on a Friday and we were the only people on the trail. Beautiful scenery.

6 months ago

We walked this trail in late February and were surprised to find a few inches of snow covering a large portion of the trail. The trail goes through a forest where oak trees are predominant and crosses several small streams. It is a pleasant, fairly easy hike that anyone in moderately good health can take.

8 months ago

Very beautiful and not too strenuous.

8 months ago

Did the 3 mile loop today. It was a very easy, relaxing walk. Nothing strenuous, very few people, nice forest setting. I'll do this one again. Probably a good hike for people with smaller children.

10 months ago

Fantastic fall hike, went this morning after a rain. Beautiful golden leaves on the maple trees. Enjoyed this peaceful wander with it’s diversity of vegetation, lush moss and splendid little creek.

11 months ago


11 months ago

Nice hike! We did the full loop with kids and dogs. Lots of poison oak, so be careful, little dry this time of year, but still pretty. Nice easy hike!

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Very well maintained short loop untouched by recent fires. It was a little dry but that’s the time of the year. My very short dog had no troubles and appreciated the sloping water access. There is a longer, hikers only portion of the loop that I will definitely return and try with appropriate shoes.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Easy hike in a beautiful old growth forest.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Very peaceful and serene.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

This is a well maintained trail in both the shorter interpretive section and the “hiker” trail. The terrain of the “hiker” trail has more ups and downs but for the most part is manageable for most skill levels of enthusiasts. The drive to it is well maintained and an hour+ from Medford, Oregon.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Great hike, trail is clearly visible and marked. Did the outer loop, no huge incline or decline, pretty up and down path though. Was kinda rainy today but a lot of tree protection, so wasn’t bad at all.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Awesome trail be careful heading up if you have a low car!! We went backwards around the loop it was a blast.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Easy Loop trail. Great for dogs and kids. Nice Scenery with a seasonal creek.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Such a pretty little trail--nice 3 mi loop. Easy access and relatively close.

Friday, October 06, 2017

The interpretive trail is an easy 1 mile stroll but dont miss the side trail that isn't marked very well that loops deeper into the forest.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Nice little oddly placed trail in the middle of no where... Surprising use of lumber lining a whole mile of trail. Not one I'll ever do again...

Monday, July 17, 2017

I love this trail and run it about once a week!

Friday, July 07, 2017

yay! totally easy, young-child friendly, beautiful trail!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nice easy trail for anytime of year. Close to GP and very accessible.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Really pretty easy walk. 2 other offshoot trails wasn't sure where they went to and have a pack so didn't explore.

Monday, May 01, 2017

A perfect run/hike loop!

Monday, April 03, 2017

went up there on the last day of March, was a fun loop good for families with small kids.

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