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

Nice with the family and dogs.

This is a lovely, whimsical walk through hazelnut orchards. It is flat and easy, with lots of Stellar jays and a few chipmunks too.

Great hike for kids and dogs. Wasn’t too crowded when we got there. The turn to get to it though isn’t very clearly marked from Main Street.

25 days ago

The first part of the walk was behind the mills not all that impressive.. the second part is more in the trees.

Parking at S. 42nd and Marcola rd. It's a bike path style path, meaning it is paved. There are a few benches, but it is along a busy road. It is all in the sun. There are some paths you can walk off and get to the river.

2 months ago

Nice easy walk. Pleasant to walk among the filbert trees in the heat of the day.

Love this trail! Lots of shade and good for all skill levels.

Not good directions on where to park with the location set.
trail is all sunny.

did this all the way thru before the spine trail was closed off, but I do believe it's all back open now anyway. start on the McKenzie highway/126/main St parking lot, go all the way thru the spine trail, follow the gravel path and trail and eventually you pop out to bob straub parkway. there's some pretty interesting rocks that could be fun to scramble in the middle after you finish the spine trail and see the sign for the actual natural area section of it. not sure if those were placed there for that or what exactly is going on with those. cool none the less. there's not really any spectacular views but it is kinda cool that you see some hills towards the south you don't normally see unless you get through that side. it's very easy unless it's muddy, I definitely ruined my shoes. it's a fun one but if you want views I'd say Spencer or maybe pisgah are better.

road biking
3 months ago

Really appreciate this path on my commute to work.

road biking
3 months ago

I bike commute this trail often. While the trail is nice, and the open meadows are beautiful, you will also pass between the Mill Race "creek" and some factories that aren't the most pleasant

Actually a little longer than my track... Maybe 1.3 total. Nice route alongside the river with several places to get down even closer. Starts at one of the many parks in the area.

4 months ago

Only did part of this one today...It didn't like my GPS. Better area to ride than hike. Did way too many flat hikes today in the area...

Nice little trail along the canal. Enjoyed sharing it with the ducks, geese, heron and even a fox... The fox has a den out in the meadow.

4 months ago

Nice peaceful area with a lot of history. Enjoyed seeing the filbert orchards and the river.

Not a trail.... It's a walk on the road. Looked all over.... Drove a loop of about 10 miles for nada. Don't go.

Easy? Where? This is harder than Spencer’s and Pisgah. Definitely higher than east.

Very easy at the start and well marked trail. It does have a lot of turns. Mostly shaded with a couple spots that are more in the open. It connects to Spine Trail and it starts to get steeper. A marker indicates trail end ahead once you start spine. I walked another couple turns and stopped. Not sure if it is completed or not.

Very nice. Calm, quiet, peaceful.

If you go past the trail end to the service road it changes to moderate for beginners due to the incline. No views at the top of service area. Right now Spine trail is closed but it looked like there would be views there. Will come back and try again.

Well maintained trail with birds chirping and scurrying chipmunks.

It's a nice trail. If you are looking for a place with lots of zig zags and a lot of up hill action, this is the place!

Great with the kids. Long but very moderate

Great hike! Even my 3 y/o and 6 y/o had fun and made it the whole way!

Well marked and an easy zigzag trail. It ends at a dirt road that you can continue on, and another trail that hasn’t been graveled starts after a little while down the road. It’s a beautiful and easy hike, great for dogs and kids.

Can't wait for this to be finished. It'll also have a downhill mountain biking trail beside it that's currently still under construction

nice wide gravel trail that switchbacks through the trees. trail is still under construction as of 1.14.18 so it just ends at a muddy road. can't wait for it to be finished and connect to the other side. think I may have found my alternative to Spencers butte without having to drive as far.

This trail, if you do the whole thing is actually more like 10.5 miles out and back or 5.3 miles one way. The top spine section is super muddy though so don’t wear your pretty sneakers or just cut through next to the trail out of the mud. Still doable but better in dry weather. The back side has nice views on the way down.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Great for a stroll. Amongst the filberts and the willamette river. I have walked it alone and don't feel safe. A lot of homeless, and sketchy people in well wooded area. It's beautiful though I just walk with a friend. Always.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Trail looked closed when we arrived and/or taken over by people living there. Trash and toilet paper everywhere. Not recommended.

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