A sweet place close to the I-205 with access to the Willamette River
Location: Mary S. Young Park is a 50 minute drive North East from Salem, OR. Take I-5 north from Salem, or South from Portland, OR. Take the exit towards I-205/I-84/The Dalles/Seattle. Travel north for 5 miles and take exit 8 on the right towards West Linn/Lake Oswego. Turn left at the lights onto Willamette Dr. Mary S. Young Park is on the right side of the road approximately 2 miles up the road. There will be a wooden sign announcing the park about 100 yards before the entrance to the park.
Difficulty: 2/5. There are stairs that could be difficult, however my babies (4 & 2) had no problem running on these trails.
Kid Friendly: Yes, this is great place for kids to enjoy.
Strollers: Most of these trails are paved or nicely groomed and are nicely suited for strollers whether they be jogging strollers or not. Be aware that there are hills that will give your buns a great workout if you push your stroller up them.
Description: Mary S. Young Park is a great place to go for all ages and abilities. Along with 5-8 miles of trails, there is also a dog park, kids sports area, picnic shelter (that can be reserved) and restrooms.
We took the Riverside Trail towards the Willamette River. Along the path we found a “Waterfall”. I put this in parenthesis because it says “Waterfall” on the map, however it is more like a run-off from one stream to another via a concrete path underneath a small bridge. The kids had a great time playing in this small pool of water.
Along the path we also came across bridges, big logs for the kids to play on and lots of stairs for the kids to climb. We stopped at the Willamette River. My boys loved playing on large rocks and walking in the river. They threw rocks into the river and really enjoyed watching boats go by.
It’s amazing this place is so close to a bustling town, yet you feel so far out in nature. I’m looking forward to travelling more of these trails!!
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