Cottage Grove Row River Trail Year Round Walk
5 km. (3.1 miles) or 10 km. (6.2 miles), both rated easy.
This walk is on a paved Rails-to-Trails path next to beautiful Dorena Lake. The 10 km. route starts at Harms Park (parking available), crosses Smith Creek and heads out through trees and some open land to Bake Stewart Park, at which point it reverses itself and ends up back at Harms Park. For a shorter walk, a closer turnaround point can be chosen. The walk is great any time of the year.
Carpools leave the Willamalane Adult Activity Center at 215 West C Street in Springfield at 8 a.m. and return there about 1 p.m. A nominal carpool fee will be agreed upon by the driver and riders. After the walk, the carpoolers may decide to have lunch together at a Cottage Grove restaurant; however, lunch arrangements are always optional for each rider/walker.
People traveling to Cottage Grove on their own should plan to meet the carpoolers at about 8:30 a.m. at the registration point, the Middlefield Golf Course Pro Shop at 91 Village Drive (east of I-5). They then will drive a few miles to Harms Park to start the walk. Directions to the golf course, and further details of this walk, can be found by clicking on the "Other Oregon Events" bar at the top left of this page, then "Year Round Events" and scrolling down to "Cottage Grove - Row River Trail/Dorena Lake". Alternately, the same information on this and thousands of other Volkswalks and Volksbikes throughout the United States can be obtained by clicking on the "National Events" bar on this page, then "Events" and following the prompts. The National Events page also has links to Volkswalks in Canada and 45 other countries.