Independence Year Round Walk
5 km. (3.1 miles) or 10 km. (6.2 miles), both rated easy.
The 5 km. trail goes through the National Historic District (downtown and residential), the Riverview Park (along the Willamette River), and through the Inspiration Garden. The 10 km. route then continues on the Willamette River Trail.
Carpools leave the Willamalane Adult Activities Center, 215 West C Street in Springfield, at 8 a.m. and return there about 3 p.m. Each rider pays the driver $5 to help cover car expenses. Following the walk, the carpoolers will probably choose a restaurant in Independence or on the way back to have lunch together; however, lunch arrangements are always optional for each rider/walker.
People traveling to Independence on their own should plan to meet the carpoolers at about 9:30 a.m. at the start point, the Hi-School Pharmacy at 1357 Monmouth Street in Independence. Directions to the pharmacy, along with 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 "Independence - Hop Capital of the World". 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 a link to Volkswalks in Canada and 40 other countries (click on "About Us" and "IVV Website").