Row River Trail Year Round Walk
5 km. (3.1 miles) or 10 km. (6.2 miles), both easy.
This walk, beautiful every day of the year, is along Dorena Reservoir on a paved Rails-to-Trails path. An out-and-back starts at Harms Park and goes to Bake Stewart Park (for the 10 km.) or halfway there for the 5 km. The path crosses Smith Creek, which usually has a variety of wildlife.
Carpools leave the Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C Street in Springfield, at 9 a.m. and return there about 2 p.m. Following the walk, the carpoolers will probably pick a restaurant in Cottage Grove to have lunch together; 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 9:30 a.m. at the registration point, the Middlefield Golf Course Pro Shop at 91 Village Drive, east of I-5 exit 174. The start point, Harms Park, is a further 8 or 9 mile drive.
For directions to the golf course and for further information on this walk, click on the "Other Oregon Events" bar at the top left of this page, then "Year Round Events" and scroll 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. This website also links to information on walks in Canada and 40 other countries.