Lane County is about the size of Connecticut. While Eugene and Springfield are the main urban areas, smaller towns and cities such as Florence, Cottage Grove, and Oakridge make great jumping off points for family friendly adventures on the beach, through the forests, and in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.
We worked with the folks at Eugene, Cascades & Coast to put together a list of 6 awesome hikes with kids. From the coast’s Waxmyrtle Trail to an old-growth forest hike in the Cascade foothills that commemorates the signers of the US Constitution, we learned so much about all the brilliant hikes we have in our own backyard.
As you put together your outdoor family adventure plans, definitely put these hikes on the list!
Pack this Oregon hiking guidebook
Author and hiker Franziska Weinheimer is an incredible resource for Oregon hikes of all levels. In addition to her regularly updated Oregon hiking website, her Oregon hiking guidebook, 52 Hikes for 52 Weeks: In the Willamette Valley, Central Oregon Cascades and Coast is an excellent resource that we’re using for our family hikes too. Snag a copy for your hiking adventures:
Direct from the author (best way to support Franziska’s work)
Oregon hikes with kids: Want a few more ideas?
If you’re looking for a few more ideas on how to get outside with your kids in the Lane County area?Below are some more Eugene, Cascades, and Coast resources we find really helpful when planning hikes with kids that we can work into a day trip or outing:
However you’re getting outside with your kids, have a great time and see you on the trail!