Eugene, OR

Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System (Willamette River Trail)

Don Hankins

Known more commonly as the Willamette River Trail, the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Trail System is the most accessible and popular running route in Eugene. This paved, multi-use path connects Eugene and Springfield with over 14 miles of waterfront running. The attached map from Eugene Parks shows how the trail segments are divided: from the Greenway Ped/Bike Bridge, the East and West Bank Paths head for 2 miles north, while the North and South Bank Paths head southeast for 5 and 4 miles, respectively. Pedestrian/bike bridges scattered at strategic intervals make various loop options possible. The longest loop (from the Owasso to the Knickerbocker Bridge) is just under 12 miles. Runners will find connections to various other paths and parks throughout town. Highlights are the Whilamut Natural Area/Alton Baker Park, which connects with Pre’s Trail along the Canoe Canal, and the Skinner Butte Lookout on the south side of the river.

Essentials
  • Various loop options of up to 14+ miles
  • 244 feet
  • Anywhere along the river
  • Depends on start. The Greenway Pedestrian/Bike Bridge is 2 miles from downtown