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Located along the route of Springfield's historic Mill Race canal, which was hand-dug by the city's founder, the Mill Race Path is a paved, multi-use trail that offers convenient access to some of the area's other trails and recreation sites right from downtown Springfield. Opened in early 2017, the pathway provides a perfect opportunity for area cyclists and pedestrians to take in some sights and get in some exercise, running for just under three miles in total.
The trail is situated between an industrial corridor on the northern side, developed along the route of the railroad tracks, and a pleasant and wooded corridor to the south, following the course of the canal as it winds its way back towards the Willamette River. Right nearby Springfield's Main Street, the trail begins at the Booth Kelley Trailhead, where restrooms and picnic tables are provided. The paved pathway proceeds to the east, interrupted only by the occasional low-traffic industrial road. Another trailhead with similar facilities is located along the way at Jasper Road, about a half-mile north of where the trail comes to an end as it reaches the river and the Middle Fork Path, which trail users can follow back west to form a nearly complete loop, or take east to reach the scenic Clearwater Park.
Whether you're using the trail for a short out-and-back stroll, or taking a longer ride on the trails throughout this riverside area, the Mill Race Path offers a well-paved and pleasant path.
Parking and restrooms are available at the Booth Kelley Trailhead, located at 307 South 5th Street in Springfield. Additional parking is available along the trail at the Jasper Road Trailhead, located at 3200 Jasper Road, right before the street turns into 32nd Street heading north. The trail's western entrance is also located a short distance away from the Springfield Station bus terminal.
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