Once again I’ll be intriguing you with an interesting place with some kind of special significance to me. This one should be a little easier than some of the past articles on this topic. Just as a brief recap, this series has had two parts already: one that I thought would be particularly difficult to find and or recognize and the other that was a pretty easy giveaway. This particular one should be somewhere in the middle. It’s a popular place however I don’t see people visiting it very often at all.
Once you walk into this area there’s a nice asphalt pass that wanders through the area. The grass is very well-maintained and there’s even a very nice park bench for families to enjoy meals outside, though when I visited the weather was fairly grim and I was one of the few folks visiting. The small creek that wanders through the area always has very nice pass across and there’s no danger of falling in.
As I made my way further into the area more picnic tables can be seen. The organization which maintains this area does a fantastic job of running the grass and maintaining the tables for public use. There are large areas of grass and other areas of forest. The grass areas would be large enough to play small games of soccer or any number of outdoor activities.
Further along is another picnic table and it is here where the path diverges. One path curves to the south going through a neighborhood while the other continues with a dirt path into a forested area.
The path makes its way into the forest and trees it’s obvious that it’s still very well-maintained. The path consists of bark dust rather than dirt and mud which would be a problem this time of year. The path is wide and easy to navigate Volvo it’s difficult to see where the end will be.
Into the Trees!
Continuing along the path in the trees there’re many different directions to go and I wasn’t sure where I would end up. I remember visiting this area several years ago and ended up on a street quite some distance away. Though I was unable to find that exact path this time and it may have been closed for any number of reasons.
With the times that I made while I was in the wooded area on the dust covered path I managed to make my way back to a section of the mowed lawn. I was surprised that the area seemed so large and yet I was almost back at the beginning of where I started. The path in the woods was really fantastic and the difference in the walking conditions made it particularly nice. You Concrete is nice and keeps up shoes from getting dirty, however the woods are quiet and seem to be still a little wild so that was nice as well.
Covered Picnic Area
In addition to all of the natural Beauty and paths that meander through this hidden location there’s also a large covered picnic area that can be enjoyed by anyone from the public. There are three large picnic tables covered from the elements and I can imagine it would be a wonderful way to spend a sunny afternoon.
Summary and Rating
Normally this is the place where I would tell you how to get to this location or give you some hints but I’m not going to that at this point. Instead I’m simply going to summarize and let you know that because of the paths both concrete and bark dust covered this is a great location to spend some time. If the weather is bad or too sunny there’s also a covered pavilion with multiple picnic benches that would be a great place to spend some time. I think it’s definitely worthy of four and a half HeyWillamettes!