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.
The Middle Fork Path also connects to the 3-mile Mill Race Path, creating an 8-mile loop that incorporates downtown Springfield.
With brief sections of on-street bicycle lanes, both paths 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 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.
• 4 miles
• Natural area
• Picnic tables
• Rest rooms