This is a fascinating trail with an amazing surprise at the end. I’d recommend you bring your binoculars and an extra zoom lens for your camera, if you have one!!
Location: Homer Campbell trail is located in the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge just outside of Corvallis, OR. There are a few entrances into the park and which one you use would depend on where you are coming from.
The William L. Finley Refuge is home to many trails varying from .14 miles to 2.5 miles in length.
To get to the Homer Campbell trail from Salem, OR, take I-5 south and take exit 228 towards Corvallis/Lebanon. Turn right onto OR-34 W/Corvallis Hwy 210. Follow that road for 9.6 miles. Turn left using the left 2 lanes onto OR-34 bypass. Merge onto OR-99W S/SE 3rd St/SW 4th St/Pacific Hwy W/SW Twin Oaks Cir via the ramp to Junction City/S.Corvallis – this is the first exit on the right. Follow that road left onto Pacific Hwy West / OR-99 South. Follow this road for almost 10 miles and turn right onto Finley Rd. Follow Finley Road for about 1/2 mile and the entrance to William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge will be on the left.
Follow the road into the Refuge and keep right and the parking lot will be on the left hidden behind a row of trees shortly before you get to the big red barn (on the right). There is a road on the left just after the parking lot. You’ll see a sign for the Homer Campbell Boardwalk Trail.
Difficulty: 1/5. This was a flat, smooth wooden boardwalk surface. Super easy to walk or push a stroller on. The only problem I see is it being slippery when wet. Take caution in those circumstances.
Kid Friendly: Absolutely – the only thing was that my boys LOVED climbing on the rails so keep an eye on your adventurous babies.
Stroller Accessible: Most definitely!!
Description: The description from the pamphlet says the following:
“Homer Campbell Memorial Trail is .4 miles one way and open year-round. Trailhead is at the parking area east of the Fletcher House. This accessible boardwalk winds through the Muddy Creek riparian area that is seasonally flooded with winter rains.” It continues on to say ” The trail ends at an observation blind overlooking Cabell Marsh. A seasonal extension (Open April 1 to October 31) offers access to Cabell Marsh and the Refuge Interior.”
We really enjoyed walking this flat trail out to the Observation Hut. We saw butterflies camouflaged into the fallen leaves, something I have never seen before. The magnitude of ducks and geese was amazing. Literally thousands were hooting and honking as they flew overhead and landed in their flocks in the marsh. A very spectacular site!!!
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