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The Bald Hill Multi-Modal Path runs for 1.3 miles at the base of a hill along the eastern edge of the Bald Hill Natural Area, which contains a diverse ecosystem of prairie, hardwood forests and wetlands. Several natural surface hiking and mountain biking paths weave throughout the recreational area. Wildflowers line the trail in the spring months.
From near the trail’s midpoint, take the Midge Cramer Multi-Use Path east to the Benton County Fairgrounds on SW 53rd Street.
The Bald Hill Multi-Modal Path may be accessed from 3 locations: the Midge Cramer Multi-Use Path next to the Benton County Fairgrounds; behind the gate off NW Oak Creek Drive; and at an entrance off SW Reservoir Avenue. There is a parking lot near the Oak Creek Drive entrance.
Anytime I come across a couple of goats going for a walk, I just know I’m on the right trail! So many friendly people and some serious athleticism going on there, too. The path might be short but has some inclines that seem to produce a bit of perspiration. I loved the trail and will be back again. Hopefully see those sweet goats again!
I'd give this short hike a 5, but it was poorly marked. That being said - I highly doubt you'll get lost. A real jewel, just outside the city of Corvallis. You can stay on the paved trail out in the meadows, or take a somewhat steep side trail through the gorgeous oaks and pines. and get a quick 20 minute cardio fix. There are flowers in the open fields and in the summer, abundant blackberries along the trail. You'll emerge from the thick woods at the top of hill, which is truly bald - e.g., a few beautiful oaks, and just lovely grass and fields of Queen Anne's Lace. It's a must to take a break on the well maintained bench at the top that looks over an incredible hilly view that's reminiscent of the Scottish moors.
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