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Easy Hiking Trails Near Benton County

Benton County Hiking

June is Great Outdoors Month, and it's the perfect time to take a hike! Here in Oregon's Benton County, we have endless opportunities to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. 

Our real estate agents are excited to share our favorite easy hiking trails in the Corvallis and Albany areas. These trails offer incredible scenery and are ideal for hikers of all ages and fitness levels. 

  • Bald Hill Nature Area - 6455 NW Oak Creek Dr, Corvallis, OR 97330
    About 5 miles of hiking trails wind their way through Bald Hill Nature Area, traversing prairie and oak savannas, mixed forests, and wetlands. The Mulkey Creek Trail, which stretches 2 miles between trailheads on Oak Creek Drive and Reservoir Avenue, can be hiked as a 4-mile out-and-back trail. Bald Hill Nature Area is located adjacent to the Benton County Fairgrounds, minutes from many Corvallis homes for sale

  • Chip Ross Park - NW Lester Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330
    Spanning a little over 125 acres, Chip Ross Park is a beautiful area of restored oak forest and hilltop prairies. You can enjoy sweeping views from the park's 1.5-mile hiking trail, which is just north of Corvallis. The park was designed as an off-leash area for dogs, so it's a great place to bring your four-legged friends for a hike. 

  • Beazell Memorial Forest - 37283 Kings Valley Hwy, Philomath, OR 97370
    The 586-acre Beazell Memorial Forest was donated to Benton County by Fred Beazell in 2000 and has become a favorite hiking destination for families with kids. Located in the temperate rainforest of the Central Oregon Coast Range about 10 miles west of Corvallis, the park includes an easy 3.9-mile loop trail that takes hikers through a diverse landscape of open meadowlands and lush forests.

  • Talking Water Gardens - 577 Waverly Dr NE, Albany, OR 97321
    In Talking Water Gardens, innovative wetland science has been used to transform the landscape into a natural water treatment facility. Once cleaned wastewater leaves Albany's water treatment plant, it tumbles through a series of waterfalls and weirs in Talking Water Gardens, where it is cooled, oxygenated and naturally treated before being returned to the Willamette River. There are also several easy hiking trails that meander through the gardens around Albany homes for sale.

  • Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area - NW Buena Vista Rd, Albany, OR 97321
    Made up of two parcels of land that total over 900 acres, Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area is a beautiful destination for both hiking and kayaking. The park is situated along the Luckiamute and Willamette rivers and features several easy hiking trails and paddling access. The 3-mile North Unit Loop, accessible via the North Trailhead, is a great place to start. 

  • Takena Landing Park - 656 Albany Corvallis Hwy, Albany, OR 97321
    Takena Landing Park is just minutes from downtown Albany and encompasses a lovely forest of cottonwood trees, blackberry bushes, and ivy along the Willamette River. The Takena Landing Trail (sometimes referred to as the Eagle Trail) offers an easy 3.6-mile out-and-back hike alongside the river.  

  • Simpson Park - 725 Waverly Dr NE, Albany, OR 97321
    With its shady, 3.2-mile out-and-back hiking trail, Simpson Park is a perfect place for an easy afternoon walk in a picturesque woodland setting. The park includes the ruins of a historic sawmill and is surrounded by mixed Douglas-fir and riparian woods that are home to a wide variety of bird species.

Contact us today to learn more about outdoor adventures in Benton County. 


5 Parks in the Mid-Willamette Valley for Your Pup to Explore

Dog Parks Willamette Valley

Feeling a little stir-crazy stuck inside your home? That goes double for your dog! Walking in new areas provides your canine with physical exercise and mental stimulation. If a puppy is left indoors for too long, they can become bored with their surroundings and their behavior might slip. Thankfully, there are plenty of places around town to make your dog happy. Our REALTORS® encourage you to grab a long leash and get some fresh air with your pup at one of these four parks in the Mid-Willamette Valley.

  1. Woodland Meadow Park – 3540 NW Circle Blvd., Corvallis, OR 97330
    Do you love watching your pup run free? Then take them to Woodland Meadow Park where they can run, jump, and play without a leash. Woodland Meadow Park has sprawling wildflower meadows where pups and humans alike are allowed to explore without limits. The park also has picnic tables where you can take a seat and rest after a day playing in the sun; just make sure to bring enough water for both of you! 

  2. Albany Dog Park – 3650 Dogwood Ave. SE, Albany, OR 97322
    If you're taking the kids to play at Timber Linn Park, bring your four-legged friend and let them have fun at the Albany Dog Park right next door. This dog park features a total of two-acres of space for canines, divided into two areas for small dogs and large dogs. Albany Dog Park has amenities for all dogs to share including a drinking water station, plenty of shade, and dog bag waste dispensers to clean up any mess before you leave.

  3. McDowell Creek Falls – 43170 McDowell Creek Dr., Lebanon, OR 97355
    Just outside of Lebanon, you'll find McDowell Creek Falls, a wonderful park that is open year-round for exploring. This park is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who love to hike, fish, bird-watch, and picnic. Three miles of trail, viewing decks, and bridges will lead you to lush greenery, beautiful vistas, and the lovely Royal Terrace and Majestic Falls. It's a serene experience that offers the opportunity for you and your pup to escape into the wonders of nature together.

  4. Bob Smith Memorial Park – 2889 S Main Rd., Lebanon, OR 97355
    Be sure to stop by Bob Smith Memorial Park. This family-friendly area is perfect for children. It hosts three baseball fields and concessions are often available during games. A small playground is on-site as well for the little ones to play in. Of course, your furry friend can join your family in the park as long as they are on a leash.

  5. Mary's River Park - 300 S 11th St., Philomath, OR 97370
    Marys River Park has nearly 30-acres of undeveloped land to enjoy with your pup. This includes an unfenced off-leash area where dogs can run. Aside from dog-walking, there are also horseshoe pits, a playground, and a 9-hole disc golf course for families to use. Since this park closes in mid-October, be sure to take your four-legged friend before it's too late!

Are you looking for a home with a big backyard for your four-legged friend? We can help! Contact us today to start looking at properties both you and your pet will love. 

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