The Bear Creek Greenway
The Bear Creek Greenway is a narrow corridor of public-owned land that follows the lush Bear Creek streambed from Ashland to Central Point. The Greenway is spread out over 600 acres of pristine southern Oregon landscape and will one day include a continuous 21-mile path from Oak Street in Ashland to the Seven Oaks Interchange in Central Point.
There are now 16 miles of scenic pathway for you to enjoy along the Bear Creek Greenway. The trail is surfaced and sweeps gracefully through creekside woods and natural areas, connecting communities and a chain of parks along its course. The trail offers splendid travel opportunities for walkers, joggers, bicyclists, and wheelchair users. It provides a place to exercise, bird-watch, marvel at reminders of the 1997 flood, or simply a quick escape from the noise and bustle of the city. Sounds of the city and traffic are dampened by trees, banks of blackberries, and thickets of willows and cattails. Benches located along the trail offer a place to sit and relax. Here one can find moments of peace and renewal, be cheered by the chirping of birds or soothed by the song of the creek. SOURCE: bearcreekgreenway.com
DIRECTIONS: From downtown Ashland take Lithia Way (the one-way heading north), as it merges back into two-way traffic, turn right at the light on Helman St. Follow down the hill. As you cross Nevada St., you are entering the drive to the Dog Park parking lot for the Greenway...have fun!