A great place to spend the day!!
Location: Located in North Salem, take I-5 towards Brooks/Gervais. Take exit #263 and turn west. Follow that road (Brooklake Rd NE) for almost 2 miles. Turn right onto Wheatland Road N. (T-intersection). Stay on this road for 2.4 miles and turn left into the park. You’ll notice orchards on either side of the road as you enter the park. This is a fee park ($5 per car) unless you have a state parks pass.
Difficulty: 1/5 nice easy path for all to enjoy
Kid Friendly: Yes, most definitely.
Stroller Accessible: Yes. Most trails are lined with bark or another natural material. These paths would be best suited to a jogging stroller. There is a paved bike path which would work great for any stroller.
Description: Willamette Mission State Park is a great place to spend the day, or even overnight. With 4 miles of bike paths, 7 miles of horse trails, 2.5 mile educational trail and a 1 mile jogging loop, there is something here for almost everyone. It also has many picnic areas, volleyball courts, a boat ramp, camping areas and equestrian areas.
We took the 2.5 mile Educational Trail. It was a beautiful trail with approximately half of it shaded. There were many signs posted that explained the foliage that was growing in that area. There were also many little areas where kids could play hide and seek. You can walk right past the Nations Largest Black Cottonwood tree standing at more than 155 feet.
My older kids had a great time, running and playing. My younger ones ended up in the backpack after a mile and a half but every one had a great time. It is a great place for the whole family to enjoy. Bring buckets because there are tons of blackberries!! YUMMY!!
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