Does your New Years Resolution include getting more exercise? If so, I have great news — Cottage Grove is full of great places to get outside and enjoy a good stroll, jog, or bike ride. Over the years, I have written about several of those places here on the blog. Recently, I was getting together a list, and I thought I would share it with you.
6 Great Walks in Cottage Grove:
1. Row River Trail: Extending 15.5 miles and with six developed trail heads, the Row River Trail has a lot to offer for walking, jogging, or bike riding. We visit it often, and I’ve written about it so much here on the blog that I’ve created a page specifically for it. To find out about trail heads, some of the wildflowers, the history, and sights you’ll see along the trail click here.
2. Row River Nature Park (a.k.a. “the ponds” and “East Regional Park”): The roughly 2.1 mile loop trail through the Row River Nature Park makes this a great place to take a walk, and it is right in town! Much of the trail is paved and we’ve seen tons of wildlife there over the years. For a map and directions, read here.
3. Cougar Mountain Park: This park along Sears Road is one of the many places we’ve found by just pulling off the side of the road to see what was there. Part of the Willamette Greenway, Cougar Mountain Park follows the Coast Fork Willamette River and has a short loop trail. For directions, read here.
4. Lynx Hollow Park: A couple years ago I heard about this park from a group of birders. It is a great place for bird watching, fishing, and walking. Plus there is a big field there that I think is waiting for some tag football or other such sport. Few people seem to know about this park, even though it is fairly close to town. You can find directions here.
5. Bake Stewart Park: It used to be that no one knew about this little park. Located at the head of Dorena Reservoir, it has recently undergone a lot of changes as the Army Corps of Engineers is revitalizing the park’s habitat for native prairie wildflowers. Now it is my favorite place to see spring wildflowers. As part of the revitalization, a trail has been created linking this park to the Row River Trail. Trails at Bake Stewart include an old, gravel roadway and a dirt path through a native prairie. You can read more about it here.
6. Schwarz Campground Interpretive Trail: We stumbled upon this trail a couple years ago. Although people who camp at Schwarz Campground are probably familiar with the trail, it isn’t advertised at all or even marked well. The 1.3 mile loop trail travels between Schwarz Campground and Dorena Reservoir and also has a nice display of spring wildflowers. You can read more here.
Now, my question for you… what have I missed? What gems are out there that I don’t know about??