Location: Luckiamute Landing is located about 22 miles southwest of Salem, OR in Jefferson which is close to Albany.
From Downtown Salem, take Commercial Rd and turn right onto Owens St. As this road bends to the left it will turn into River Rd. Follow River Rd for 10.2 miles until you reach a T-intersection on Corvallis Rd/Main St.
Take Corvallis Rd for 6.1 miles. At this point Corvallis Rd will bend to the right and you’ll stay straight onto Prather Rd. There is no sign for Prather Rd going this direction, however, you will see a sign for Buena Vista Toll/Ferry. This is the correct road to be on.
After .8 miles turn right onto Buena Vista Rd. You’ll see a small “Oregon State Parks” Sign on the left with a turnout to the right. This will lead you to a small parking area and a small trail to a boat ramp. The hike is not here. Continue going straight on Buena Vista Road for another .2 miles or so and you’ll see the same “Oregon State Parks” sign but this time it will be on the right, opposite the 1 lane entry into the Luckiamute Landing State Park. Turn left into this entry and follow the road till the end. You’ll see a small parking lot and a map. Park here, this it the beginning!!
Difficulty: 1/5. Flat, relatively smooth trail. Easy!!
Kid Friendly: Absolutely. This was a great hike for the kids. Long enough to give them a good workout but short enough that they weren’t too grumpy and were able to see some pretty cool things.
Stroller Accessible: YEP!! This trail was flat, no hills and pretty well groomed. A jogging stroller would work perfectly on this trail.
Description: Luckiamute Landing was a nice trail leading to a great little spot along the Willamette River. Starting out on the trail you are travelling along a forest road, however, quickly there is a sign pointing you into the trees. We found so many different species of trees, berries, bushes and other things along this path. It was mostly grass on this trail which was quite sloshy after the rain but nothing we couldn’t handle.
We found a newly chewed up tree from beaver teeth which made me suspect there was one close by as we were walking. It was amazing to see such definition in the teeth marks and the mess around the tree. After about 1/2 mile in the trees, you’ll see a small path lead off to the left. This will take to the edge of the Willamette River, however it is a steep cliff but a great view. Get back on the trail and keep heading north.
After about another 1/2 mile you’ll get back onto the forest road. Follow the trail for a little while and there will be a small fork in the road. If you take the path to the right (not easily seen) it will loop you back to the parking lot. If you take the path to the left (recommended) you’ll enjoy a beautiful trail to the banks of the Willamette River where it meets with the Santiam River. You’ll travel over Chive trails and you’ll smell the strong onion smell. There will also be a small camping spot to the left. Just a little past the camping spot to the right, you’ll see a trail and a large wooden sign facing the river announcing Luckiamute Landing from the Willamette Greenway.
This little spot was a great place for the kids to dig in the rocks/sand. There were tons of shells that were collected and the kids LOVED throwing rocks into the river. We set our bags down on the rocks and really enjoyed the beautiful views!!
Travelling back, if you’d like to take a short cut, instead of going into the forest, stay on the forest road and you’ll be back to the parking lot in a lot less time.
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