Cottage Grove - Row River Trail Year Round Walk
5 km. (3.1 miles) or 10 km. (6.2 miles), both rated easy.
We walk on a wide paved Rail-to-Trails path along Dorena Lake, from Harms Park to Bake Stewart Park and return. The 5 km. route turns around halfway between the two parks. A variety of wildlife may be seen, especially when crossing Smith Creek. The walk is beautiful at all times of the year. This section of the Row River Trail will be closed from July to November, 2018, for maintenance, so now is a good time to walk here.
Carpools will leave the Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C Street in Springfield, at 9 a.m. and return there about 2 p.m. Each rider pays the driver $5 to help cover car expenses. Following the walk, the carpoolers will probably choose a restaurant in Cottage Grove to have lunch together; however, lunch arrangements are always optional for each rider/walker.
People traveling to the walk on their own should plan to meet the carpoolers at about 9:30 a.m. at the registration point, the Middlefield Village Golf Course Pro Shop, 91 Village Drive, Cottage Grove (east of I-5). We then drive several miles to Harms Park to start walking.
Directions to the Pro Shop, 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". 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 over 40 other countries.