Nominate a favorite trail to designate as officially special (2010)
Have a favorite trail that’s at least one mile long and leads to some spectacular scenery—the kind of special trail that can produce lasting memories?
The Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council invites the public to nominate trails for designation as state scenic trails, or state regional trails. OPRD will accept nominations until Nov. 30.
Scenic trails can be single routes that are at least one mile in length, or segments that combine with others to give access to outstanding scenic areas or viewpoints. The trails must be open to the public and be substantially complete.
Trails designated as regional must be more than five miles long. They must be alternative transportation routes that create close-to-home recreation opportunities or act as connectors linking communities, schools and recreation sites with significant scenic trails.
Both scenic and regional trails must lie on public land, public rights-of-way or easements. Details on the criteria for both appear in the Oregon Recreation Trails Designation Program handbook. Application forms are included in the handbook.
Oregon’s eight existing state scenic trails:
- 40-mile Loop, Portland metro area;
- Cape Falcon Trail, Oswald West State Park;
- Cape Lookout Trail, Cape Lookout State Park;
- Cape Sebastian Trail, Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor;
- Humbug Mountain Trail, Humbug Mountain State Park;
- Saddle Mountain Trail, Saddle Mountain State Natural Area;
- Tillamook Head Trail, Ecola State Park;
- Willow Creek Trail near Madras.