Bicycling and Walking
The best news is the trail through Riverfront Park and the new Union Street Railroad Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge over the Willamette River (previously hard to cross without a car). The bridge links Riverfront Park with Wallace Marine Park on the west side of the river.
Another good place to cycle, skate, or walk is Minto-Brown Island Park (2200 Minto Island Rd. SE), a large natural park with lots of trails and an off-leash dog park. Find it along the east bank of the Willamette River south of the capitol area.
The Salem Golf Club (2025 Golf Course Rd., 503/363-6652) is one of the best public courses in the state. Another option is Santiam Golf Course (8724 Golf Club Rd., Aumsville, 503/769-3485): If you drive 15 minutes east on Route 22 (at Exit 12), you can look forward to combining a round of golf with a walk in the country. Low greens fees and a full-service restaurant and bar add to the pleasure.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel