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Willamette Mission State Park

Wheatland Rd., Salem, OR
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Ranked #17 of 29 attractions in Salem
Type: State Parks
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English first
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We spent Father's Day at the park with about 30 of our family members. We rented a covered area with sinks and electricity. We truly had a great time. Many, many paths and trails, ponds, streams, birds and other animals. You feel out in nature and the park is tastefully maintained. It is easy to spend the entire day exploring... More

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Keizer, Oregon
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Not amazing in the way of history, but a great place to walk the dog, run or ride bikes. Lots of horse trails and camp, tent camping and bike camp as well. Right on the Willamette River, but not great access. Best access is on the north end of the park. Wheatland ferry, day use area and boat ramp are... More

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Salem, Oregon
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29 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My wife and I love to ride our bikes in this park. Lots of biking trails and we love the scenery. We also have kayaked in the lake which has easy access to by the boat ramp. This is a historic place where Jason Lee, the founder of Salem, built his first house. A skeleton frame house now marks the... More

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Salem, Oregon, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

History of Oregon settlement here is very interesting. Quiet laid back park, beautiful trees, lovely trails. Great cycling.

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Newberg, OR
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43 reviews 43 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

This park is the site of the original Willamette Mission, which eventually became Willamette University. You can see steel frame outlines of the former mission buildings. The park is full of walnut, chestnut and hazelnut trees, which you can pick up if you are so inclined in fall. There's a trail from the generous dog park down to the ferry... More

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Pacific Northwest
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62 reviews 62 reviews
28 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Although the park is not very far from actual "downtown" Salem it feels like way out in the country. The park has many trails & the river is nice down there. The Wheatland ferry crossing is always fun to watch!

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Salem, Oregon
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78 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Lots of average for camping, horse riding, many bike paths, clean restrooms, and many covered areas for picnics or group activities.

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Salem, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Nice day hike if you are in need of just getting out of the house, you can see the Wheatland ferry while your there, watch out for bikes (they don't watch for you) its more of a walk than a hike so don't expect to see a lot of wild life, to many people

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Portland, Oregon
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Willamette Mission is a day use state park with many assets. Information boards on pathways telling the story of early settlement in the area. A river, a slough, trees, paths. Bring a bicycle, bring a horse, bring hiking shoes. World's largest cottonwood tree is in the park. Ready to see local agriculture? Blueberries and corn growing in fields as you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012 via mobile

Really pretty. Great place for walking, bike rides even for taking your horses.

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