Hiking and Biking
Near the Amazon courts, runners will enjoy the bark-o-mulch trail that follows Amazon Creek in a 1-mile loop. Of course, the best jogging is along Pre’s Trail along the Willamette River east of Alton Baker Park.
Another good route is the road behind 24-Hour Fitness (1475 Franklin Blvd.), which is closed to motorized traffic. This leads to a footbridge that takes bikers, hikers, and joggers to Pre’s Trail, the Willamette River Bike Trail, Autzen Stadium, and other facilities found along the Willamette River Greenway.
Eugene and Springfield together boast 120 miles of on-street bike lanes, limited-access streets, and off-street bikeways. The two cities collaborate to publish a free bicycle map; find it online by going to the Eugene city website (www.eugene-or.gov) and searching for “bicycle map.”
Collins Cycle Shop (60 E. 11th Ave., 541/342-4878) is centrally located. Here and elsewhere, look for the high-quality bikes, bike equipment, backpacks, and raingear made by the local Burley Designs co-op.
Another innovative local bike business is Bike Friday (541/687-0487 or 888/777-0258, www.bikefriday.com), known for their extra-cool custom-made folding bicycles.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel