Build Lebanon Trails is committed to improving our community's overall quality of life by building multi-use public trails, following the City of Lebanon's Strategic Trail Plan. Our trails provide a peaceful space to enjoy all the benefits of outdoor recreation and create a tangible improvement in the community that is reflected in increased financial as well as physical health.

Build Lebanon Trails is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We operate entirely on volunteer labor, and our events are self-supporting, which means that 100% of your sponsorships and donations goes to planning, developing, and enhancing trails. We also seek grant funding through a variety of public and private organizations.

We are proud of BLT’s accomplishments since its inception in 2005 and recognize that none of it would be possible without the strong, ongoing support of hundreds of individuals and organizations as well as the city of Lebanon.

Your support and contributions to Build Lebanon Trails (BLT) have made our many trail projects possible

Here's what we're planning, what we're doing, and what we've done so far.

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Plans and accomplishments

Exciting updates to the Lebanon trail system!

By Rodney Sell | January 28, 2021
OMT on dike looking North

The Lebanon Trail System is seeing a large increase in trail use. The word is getting out about Lebanon’s high quality, free-to-use, off-street trails. Due to health concerns, we haven’t been able to hold our usual monthly events but 2021 is proving to be a very exciting year for Lebanon’s trail system. Here’s what’s going…

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Plans for next 3-5 years

  • Develop a trail connecting the North Shore Trail at Cheadle Lake to the soccer fields.
  • Develop a trail connection from Marks Slough Trail to River Park.
  • Develop a trail connection from North Williams Street to Had Irvine Park.
  • Continue planning and developing individual trail sections including the Burkhart Creek Trail.

Highlights of trail development and enhancements since inception of 2005

  • Since 2005, over 25% of the proposed 50-mile trail system in Lebanon has been completed.
  • Phase 1 of the Burkhart Creek Trail and walk bridge connected the neighborhoods of 12th and D Streets.
  • The first BLT project was phase one of the Marks Slough Trail. The East Trail Loop and Santiam River viewing area expanded the Marks Slough Trail. An additional extension on Beaton Lane added a pedestrian crossing on Tennessee Road and a trail connection to the parking area at Tennessee Road.
  • Riverside trails at River Park and Gills Landing were constructed connecting the two parks.
  • The Northside Community Trail connected the Hansard Street Walkway, Reeves Parkway, COMP-NW Campus, Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, the Canal Trail and the Dr. Thad Nelson Trail.
  • Three miles of trails were added at Cheadle Lake Park, from Weirich Drive to the North Parking Lot/Boat Ramp, including the Island Loop Trails. Gravel trails leading to the ends of the peninsulas were added.
  • The West River Trail was constructed between Riverview Park and Mountain River Drive.
  • Over 230 trees have been planted along the Lebanon Trails System.
  • Twenty-five commemorative resting benches have been installed and seven additional bench sponsors have reserved future bench installations.
  • The 3.2-mile-long water trail at Cheadle Lake was mapped and completed including interpretive signage.
Installing bike racks December 2019
Installing bike racks December 2019
Pedestrian signal at Mountain River Dr
2020 Trail work day at Marks Slough
2019 Bucket Brigade tree watering winner Chuck Watts
Peterson Butte hike 2018
Strawberry Parade 2018
Rod Sell leading bike tour event 2018

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