● By Sandy Kauten
The Eugene, Cascades & Coast region is also home to some amazing waterfalls. As you pass through Mapleton on your way back from Florence, head south on Sweet Creek Road for 11 miles. Three and one half miles of easy to moderate trails and a dozen beautiful waterfalls are accessible from four trail heads. Spring and early summer are good viewing times because Sweet Creek flows diminish during drier months. Our waterfalls page connects you to Seven Waterfall Wonders. Several of these hikes are family-friendly and accessible for people with mobility challenges.
In 2016, Travel Lane County worked
with Google to introduce Google Trekker. This exciting product is the trail view
version of Google’s popular street view. See how our staff trekked more than
fifty trails, paths, and rivers and then take a virtual tour of these trails.
We continue to work with Google to post more of the trails we trekked, so check
back and see what’s new in the coming year.
Travel Lane County’s Kids’ Adventure Club is free and provides families an opportunity to stay abreast of the many engaging outdoor activities, fairs and festivals, arts and cultural activities that take place throughout the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. Our monthly e-newsletter highlights upcoming opportunities and our quarterly free family day events feature hands-on activities introducing elementary-aged kids to the region’s wonders. We also highlight family-friendly deals and our family event calendar.
Before you go, visit the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center (3312 Gateway Street) in Springfield. Our adventure specialists will help plan itineraries, sell you necessary permits, and provide handy maps. You can even select gifts from our locally-sourced Oregon products.
Have an enchanting Eugene, Cascades& Coast summer!
by Andy Vobora