A great area with so much fun to be had by all!!
Location: Champoeg (Pronounced Sham-poo-ey) is located west of the I-5, just a little north of Woodburn. From Salem, take I-5 north and take exit 263 towards Brooks/Gervais. Head west and turn right onto River Rd NE. Follow River road as it turns into French Prairie road. Turn right onto Champoeg Rd NE and after 1/4 mile turn left into Champoeg State Park.
Difficulty: 1/5 – this was a great hike for my little hikers!!
Kid Friendly: My kids really enjoyed this hike and were able to run ahead without too much worry from me!
Stroller Accessible: Yes, this is a wide path and relatively flat so it would be great for a jogging stroller!!
Description: Champoeg State Park is a Multi-Use park with so much to do including camping, biking, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking and much more. There is a day use fee of $5 if you don’t have the annual pass. There are also yurts and cabins for those who prefer to use those.
There are just a couple of trails to use for hiking. There is the Townsite Trail and the Kitty Newell Trail. There are other hard paved trails that would be great for walking on, but be on the lookout for bikes. The Townsite Trail is a little over a mile long, one way. The Kitty Newell Trail is more of a loop and is about a mile long total.
To get to the Townsite Trail, head into the park, shortly after the pay booth, turn left and follow that road for about 1/4 mile and turn right (following the sign). Park anywhere along there and the trail starts to the right. The trail follows the Willamette River and you can choose to take the shaded route or the full-sun trail, they meet up after 1/4 mile. After a mile or so, the trail will go behind a campsite, then shortly after that, you’ll see signs for the boat dock, and notice a path heading down to the river. The will take you to a boat dock area, of course 🙂 but before you get to the stairs, off to the right the Townsite Trail will continue through more shaded areas.
Along the trail there are small little trails that will head down to the river’s edge so feel free to explore to enjoy the water. Dogs are welcome here and my dog made the most of the water!!
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