Enter the path from Clearwater Park or Dorris Ranch
Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
After years of planning and paving, the last section of the Middle Fork Path is open to the public. The 4-mile-long, 10-foot-wide pathway now runs from Clearwater Park all the way to Dorris Ranch, opening up a previously inaccessible stretch of the Middle Fork Willamette River.
Visitors can access the path from Dorris Ranch to the west and Clearwater Park to the east. From Clearwater Park, the path travels first along the Springfield Mill Race channel and then along the Middle Fork of the Willamette River to a pedestrian bridge spanning Quarry Creek. Path users enjoy a small picnic area with a portable restroom just before the bridge. They can now continue on around the butte to Dorris Ranch, where a new trailhead, parking area and restroom have been built.
Long-range plans call for the Middle Fork Path to ultimately connect with a path along the Springfield Mill Race to downtown Springfield, creating an 8-mile loop. With brief sections of on-street bicycle lanes, the path will also connect to an extensive existing riverfront path system linking Springfield and Eugene.
To further enhance the path's regional appeal, a bridge across the river is also in long-range plans. Such a bridge would provide access to Lane County's 2,300-acre Howard Buford Recreation Area and Mount Pisgah, including 16 miles of trails within the recreation area and access to the preferred route of the Eugene to Pacific Crest Trail.
How to find Clearwater Park
All driving directions begin at A Street, at the bridge entering Springfield from Glenwood.
1: Head EAST on South A Street. Continue for 2.2 miles.
2: Turn RIGHT onto South 32nd Street. Continue for .6 miles.
3: South 32nd Street becomes Jasper Road. Continue for 1.2 miles.
4: Turn RIGHT onto Clearwater Lane. Continue for less than .1 miles to the park.
How to find Dorris Ranch
Dorris Ranch is located two miles east of Interstate 5 at the intersection of South Second and Dorris Streets, in Springfield, Oregon.
1. From Pioneer Parkway West in Springfield, go south past Main Street and South A Street.
2. Pioneer Parkway West becomes South Second Street.
3. Continue south to the intersection with Dorris Street.
4. Go straight ahead on the gravel road to the ranch.