Kalapuya Talking Stones Walk (Eugene)
5 km. (3.1 miles) or 10 km. (6.2 miles), both rated easy.
This walk is almost entirely within Alton Baker Regional Park. Part of the park is designated the Whilamut Natural Area, which contains 15 "Talking Stones", large boulders inscribed with descriptions of the area in both the Kalapuyan and English languages. The 10 km. route goes past all 15 stones, the shorter route a majority of them.
Alton Baker Park lies along the banks of the Willamette River and contains both forested areas and open meadows, lakes, and a canoe canal. It is a pleasant place to walk, mostly on paved trails and some on bark paths.
The Eugene-Springfield Mossbacks Volkssport Club is happy to provide this walk for all to enjoy. There is no cost unless people are receiving International Volkssport credit for event and distance (a small fee). Baked goods and coffee are available at the start/finish (donations accepted), as are restrooms and water. Be sure to carry water with you. Dogs are allowed provided they remain on leash and scoop laws are observed.
For children, the Mossbacks have created a passport program for finding the "Talking Stones", tailored after the "Jr. Ranger" program found in national and state parks. Each stone has a sticker to be placed in the passport book, which then can be redeemed at the finish for a prize. This is a free program.
Registration and start will be at the Willamalane Adult Activities Center, 215 West C Street in Springfield, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. (finish by 4 p.m.). Directions to the Center, and further details on this walk, can be found by clicking on the "Other Oregon Events" bar at the top left of this page and scrolling down to 10/10. Alternately, the same information on this and thousands of other Volkswalks and Volksbikes throughout the United States can be obtained by going to www.ava.org, clicking on "Events" and following the prompts.
Come and discover the fun, fitness, and friendship in Volkssporting! Further questions can be directed to Sally at 541-726-7169 or Carmella at 541-747-6470.