Delta Old Growth Nature Trail in the Willamette National Forest

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Willamette National Forest

The Willamette National Forest in western Oregon has over 1.5 million acres of nature to enjoy and explore.  It has eight wilderness areas and numerous backpacking and day hiking opportunities.  A favorite day hike near the McKenzie River is the Delta Old Growth Nature Trail.

Delta Old Growth Trail FootbridgeDelta Old Growth Nature Trail

The 1/2 mile Delta Old Growth Nature Trail is wheelchair accessible.  It loops through a diverse forest ecosystem where 650-year-old Douglas firs share space with hemlocks, cedars, and a rich undergrowth of shrubs and ground covers.

Side channels and streams weave their way through the river delta, providing excellent habitat for juvenile trout, salmon, and steelhead.  Nearby archaeological sites indicate that Indians visited here almost 7,000 years ago. This easily hiked loop trail is just west of Delta Campground.

Old Growth TreesDelta Campground

Delta Campground is one of the largest and most scenic campgrounds in the McKenzie Forest Service District.  It serves as a good base for hiking a portion of the McKenzie River Trail or visiting Cougar Reservoir and Terwilliger Hot Springs.

There are 38 sites, most of which can be reserved at up to six months in advance.  The season is typically from mid-April through September.  Check here for the latest camping season schedule.

A few sites are first-come, first-served.  Drinking water, vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings are available.  There are no electric/water/sewer RV hook-ups and off-road vehicles are not permitted.

Usage is heavy, especially in the summer months and on weekends.  Interagency Senior and Access Passes reduce the campsite fee by 50%.


The campground is about 51 miles east of Eugene off of Highway 126, better known locally as the McKenzie River Highway.  From Blue River, OR, travel east 4 miles on Highway 126 to Aufderheide Drive (Forest Road 19). Proceed south on Aufderheide Drive for 0.1 mile to Forest Road 400. Continue west on Forest Road 400 for 0.8 mile to Delta Campground. The Delta Old Growth Nature Trail is at the west end of Delta Campground.

River Delta Side Channel

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Rick Obst is an Arizona native who moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 and fell in love with the verdant Pacific Northwest.  He enjoys photography and discovering the many people, places, and events that make this part of the world so special.

To learn more about Eugene, Lane County, and western Oregon, visit 365 and More Things to do in Lane County, Oregon on Facebook.  You'll see hundreds of pictures and links to discover the beauty and attractions of this special area.



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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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Those are stunning photos of a place of natural wonder in your state, Rick!

Feb 20, 2018 04:36 PM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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CONGRATULATIONS Rick, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Feb 20, 2018 04:37 PM #2
Joe Pryor
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REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I have done Washington state exploring like this but I need to get to Oregon.

Feb 20, 2018 07:15 PM #3
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