You can begin the Campus Way Multi-use Path at the western end of Oregon State University in Corvallis. The trail is also known as the Midge Cramer Path in memory of a strong bicycle advocate who taught bicycle touring at the university and served on local and state bike commissions.
From the campus, this flat paved pathway takes you on a straight course west through picturesque countryside in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Oregon has one of the largest collections of covered bridges in the country, and you'll be treated to one mid-way along the trail. The Irish Bend Covered Bridge, which spans Oak Creek, was originally constructed in 1954 in another location south of Corvallis, but moved here in 1989.
You'll continue past the Benton County Fairgrounds, the site of the county's popular fair and rodeo each summer, as well as other events throughout the year. The trail ends at a T-junction at the entrance to the Bald Hill Natural Area, a scenic park with acres of woodlands, wetlands and native prairie. From here, you can head south to reach Research Avenue, or go north to Oak Creek Drive.
Parking and Trail Access
A parking lot is available at the Benton County Fairgrounds (110 SW 53rd Street). There are also two places to park in the Bald Hill Natural Area: at the north end of the park, off Oak Creek Drive, and at the south end of the park, off Reservoir Road.