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WhirLocal Salem

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222 Commercial St NE PMB 2303
Salem, Oregon 97301

As the sun starts breaking through the clouds and the days grow warmer, there’s no better time to step outside and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. The parks and trails of Salem, Oregon offer wonderful backdrops for anyone ready to explore the outdoors. Whether you’re looking to ride your bike, spend some time birding, enjoy a picnic by the water, or simply take a leisurely walk in the park, these local natural areas are calling.

Minto-Brown Island Park

Sprawling over 1,200 acres, Minto-Brown Island Park is a must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts in Salem. With more than 30 miles of trails that weave through forests, wetlands, and open areas, it’s a perfect spot for hiking, biking, and wildlife observation. Much of the park serves as a wildlife sanctuary. The park’s extensive network of paths ensures a different experience with each visit, making it a favorite among locals and visitors alike. They also have a large off-leash dog area.

Joryville County Park

Nestled in the outskirts of South Salem, Joryville County Park is a gem for those seeking solitude and a connection with nature. This day-use park features several miles of soft-surface trails through wooded areas and pastures. It’s an ideal spot for a quiet walk or a family picnic. Joryville County Park also boasts a horse riding arena near its entrance, thanks to the collaborative efforts of local 4-H members. This addition complements the park’s equestrian and pedestrian trails, which ascend from the base to the summit of the hill, offering varying levels of challenge and scenic beauty along the way.

Eola Bend County Park

Eola Bend Park, transformed from eroded cropland into a vibrant natural area, showcases a successful restoration effort with over 45,000 native plants planted by volunteers in 2000. This 60-acre site along the Willamette River features a footpath for year-round access, an arbor, and interpretive signs explaining the restoration, local history, and the river’s ecosystem. Facilities include picnic areas and opportunities for wildlife viewing, including osprey, bald eagles, and herons. It’s a day-use county park that also serves as a learning opportunity, emphasizing the natural beauty and ecological importance of the Willamette River.

Woodmansee Park

Woodmansee Park, a community park spanning 30 acres, offers a variety of activities and natural beauty. It features walking trails, tennis and multi-purpose courts, basketball hoops, and a handball wall. There’s also a 9-hole disc golf course, a soccer field, a playground, and a reservable park shelter for events. The park is also known for its walking trails that weave through Oregon white oak and Douglas fir trees, providing a quiet place for a stroll or jog.

Orchard Heights Park

Orchard Heights Park is a versatile outdoor space that caters to many recreational activities. Alongside its forested trail loop ideal for walking and jogging, the park is equipped with basketball hoops, baseball fields, and tennis courts for tennis or pickleball. There is also a small fenced dog park, playground, and picnic tables perfect for family gatherings.

Straub Nature Park

Straub Nature Park, located by Straub Middle School in West Salem, offers a quick escape into nature. With its network of easy walking trails, it’s a perfect place for families and individuals looking to enjoy a bit of nature without straying too far from the city.

Croisan Creek & Skyline Trails

Croisan Creek Scenic Trail and Skyline Trail are two unassuming nature trails nestled into the Sunnyslope Neighborhood of South Salem. Each are about a mile long, and both are great spots for walking, jogging, dog walking, and birding. For a quick retreat into the trees, these trails are a great option.

With so many great green spaces to explore in Salem, you might have to check out them all! These local parks and trails offer opportunities to connect with the environment, engage in physical activity, and enjoy peaceful moments. Grab your walking shoes, invite a friend, and set out to discover the natural wonders that await in Salem’s backyard.

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