Explore the most popular trails near Salem with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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easy walk, nice for all people

walking
muddy
13 days ago

In Spring you get amazing wildflowers, in Summer you get berries, in Fall you get amazing foliage, and in Winter, you get mud.

Don't go during the winter!

walking
2 months ago

Extremely basic park with no outstanding features.

Nice stroll through the capital mall. I was apprehensive about how simple this was but found myself enjoying wandering around on a gorgeous fall day. Even though this wasn’t my typical hike through the woods this is still a state park with many plugs and facts about the history of the state. If you find yourself wanting to explore this is still an experience that’s worth an hour or so, plus if you wander during business hours the state building is open to the public for viewing and getting a couple free history lessons.

First and foremost this wildlife refuge It's an awesome getaway. It's a great place to walk, run, ride bicycles, ride skate boards and long boards. It's has a good dog park, and some pretty good fishing holes too if you're into that. It's just a awesome park to visit.

First and foremost this wildlife refuge It's an awesome getaway. It's a great place to walk, run, ride bicycles, ride skate boards and long boards. It's has a good dog park, and some pretty good fishing holes too if you're into that. It's just a awesome park to visit.

hiking
6 months ago

It’s a great place to just walk.

road biking
6 months ago

Took my recumbent trike on this trail. Lots of fun. Fairly busy but not crowded. Pleasant ride.

walking
7 months ago

Come here all the time. A beautiful long walk.

walking
7 months ago

Not a destination hike. Nice for a walk during all seasons but this park has radically changed since the 1980-90's. The pedestrian bridge from the Salem Waterfront has dramatically increased the number of homeless and substance using individuals. Evidence of drug use and human elimination was evident. If you go, be safe.

These are a great set of trails. We saw a bird nest, deer, and lots of nature. Many kinds of trails to meet everyone's wishes. We had a great time.

Great park clean and beautifully maintained

walking
8 months ago

Well maintained park with lots or trails, both paved and not. I took the trail along the river that goes into Eola Bend park.

This is a city park, the views are not the same as those at our more remote locations and coastal hikes, but for a quick outing, this place is great.

I love this entire park

walking
9 months ago

There is a nice network of trails. Mostly trees and grasslands with some nice views of the river and wetlands, no visible housing except one building across the river. You can hear the highway if you listen but you can also hear a lot of bird activity. It has park benches along some of the routes and the routes are marked well enough with distances that you can change up your route daily to keep it interesting. I am a new walker so the flat is great. I waik daily from 2.5 to 4 miles but there is a 10K route too.

road biking
10 months ago

Great biking.

walking
10 months ago

Safe trails, paved and dirt. Beautiful scenery and birds. Many options to choose from.

trail running
11 months ago

Good trails. Great for running. If you’re looking for a real wild outdoor hike, this ain’t it. Not saying it’s a bad hike, it’s a good place to do if you live in Salem and don’t have a lot of time to drive far.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Great leisurely walk

walking
Saturday, February 10, 2018

Great easy hike - lots of trails

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Easy paved trail perfect for running

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Started at Riverfront Park and spent 90 minutes hiking mostly paved paths. Easy access. Great for beginners.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Okay for beginning hikers. You can access the park from the riverfront bridge downtown by walking in or driving into the actual park. Flat terrain and they have picnic tables and

walking
Friday, November 10, 2017

Great for walking

hiking
Saturday, October 14, 2017

This trail offers many opportunities to see green flatland beauty as well as feeling completely immersed within the trees. The trails are pretty wide and it is a popular trail. Be prepared to wear hiking boots or boots you don't mind getting wet or muddy. During the moist times of the year, especially, look out for the trail being blocked by mud. The trail is a little confusing to follow, but the beauty is worth it.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Easy to change the route you wanna take. It was insanely hot so we decided to stay under tree cover.

walking
Monday, August 14, 2017

I come here several times a week to walk. Lots of trails, mostly paved (asphalt) but some just wood chips. Some trails are open, some in the woods, some along the river. You can get pretty far out and not see many people at all. Has a very big dog park and dogs are OK on other trails on leash. The loops I walk are 3-5 miles but sometimes I do an 8 mile loop, there are plenty of signs with maps. Lots of birds to look at depending on the season. In winter/spring and even sometimes summery, some areas flood, limiting access on some trails. Only thing I would improve if I could would be to add some hills - the park is overall pretty much flat.

Within the past year or so there's now a pedestrian bridge that connects a new section of the park to downtown riverfront park, making access easier for many. I know there are some that complain that it's brought more homeless into the park, but that has not been my experience... they were already there camping in remote areas, and they mostly keep a low profile. I haven't seen any increase out of line with the general increase in homeless that Salem and other West coast cities have experienced in the past few years.

walking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

I really love this place I come here every once in a while. I enjoy to bike, walk, run, and play with my dogs while sometimes my family and I go kayaking. Their is a lot to explore including a broken car in the woods and some openings to swim. If I could I would rate this a 10 out of 10 would Come again please come to this awesome park that is connected to river front enjoy everything I do and more down at river front park where a merry go round is waiting for you, please enjoy everything I do and more talking to nice people there. (Kid friendly)

Xander Plumley

walking
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Amazing trails

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Great off leash dog area and a few trails that are leash optional as well. really big and lots to explore. Great for easy day nature walks. Kid friendly.

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