Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
150.00 ft (45.72 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
8.00 mi (12.87 km)
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Connecting Dorris Ranch and Clearwater Park, the Middle Fork Path is an easy, multi-use trail along the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. The paved path is 4 miles long with a small picnic area located about halfway along the route near the Quarry Creek footbridge. Views of the river come and go as the path winds in and out of trees and private land. There are benches along the way for places to sit and listen to the flowing water or wind in the trees. The area is also popular for fishing and bird watching. The Middle Fork Path also connects with the Mill Race Path with access to downtown Springfield. There are restrooms and information signs with maps at either end of the path as well as the picnic area, which has a portable restroom.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Easy access. Multi-use trail.

Cons

Busy.

Trailhead Elevation

430.00 ft (131.06 m)

Highest point

450.00 ft (137.16 m)

Features

ADA accessible
Flushing toilets
Potable water
Family friendly
Near lake or river
Big vistas
Fishing
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Biking

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

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