National Recreation Trail Highlight: Middle Fork Trail

This 27-mile riverside trail wanders up the Middle Fork of the Willamette River in Oregon.


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Designated in 2007


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This epic trail winds through stands of mixed conifer, cottonwood, and big leaf maple, which give the visitor many diverse views of changing ecosystems - from riparian zones to high elevation fir. Many trailheads offer opportunities for shorter trips and several of the easily accessible riverside areas receive high use. This trail makes an excellent mountain bike ride with difficulty level starting at "easy"(near Sand Prairie Campground) and moving toward "most difficult" near the end of the trail at Timponogas Campground. There is ample opportunity to view wildlife, flowers, waterfalls and portions of the Oregon Central Military Wagon Road. Several sections of the trail are flat and can provide a scenic walk for even the youngest family member. Bring a fishing pole, a picnic lunch and make it a day!

Recently this trail received updated NRT signs through a program American Trails is running to provide free signs to NRTs in need. Please contact if you would like NRT signs for your trail! Find more information on the Middle Fork Trail in the NRT database.

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