Find a Lebanon Trail
Here's a map of the current trail system in Lebanon, Oregon. The trails are owned and maintained by the City of Lebanon. Build Lebanon Trails is a nonprofit that helps the City acquire new land to achieve its Trails Strategic Plan, helps to enhance and maintain current trails, and helps to promote trail use and enjoyment in our community. See what BLT has accomplished recently and what we're planning. And check out our monthly fun events!
BLT Favorite Trail Walks
We've been looking for a better way to present our trails to the public, and we're trying out some new walk suggestions that start from well-known spots in Lebanon and have a set distance to cover. We're still refining these and would like to get your comments.
Explore Lebanon’s crown jewel, Cheadle Lake, with this walk from the parking lot on the north to the parking lot on the south with an optional detour along the Island Loop trails.
Cheadle Lake used to be a mill pond, but it has been rehabilitated into a beautiful lake with great views and numerous types of wildlife. Look for bald eagles, ospreys, pond turtles, Canada geese, and river otters. And look up to see if you can identify the Green Peter and Bald Peter peaks to the south, Ridgeway Butte to the east, Middle Ridge to the west.
This trail is a great lunchtime walk! It starts at the Oregon Veterans Home in Lebanon and follows a section of the Northside Community Trail out to the end of the trail on the west. Besides the Veterans Home, this section of the trail offers a view of several large Lebanon companies that normally remain hidden away from view: Pennington Seed, Entek, Linn Gear, and Laticrete. If you want to extend the walk past the end of the Northside Community Trail, you can also walk along Twelfth Street and see the Cascade Performing Arts Center and even stop off at the Summit Ace Home and Garden Center on Tangent.
An easy level walk on paved surfaces from the Had Irvine trailhead around the Marks Slough Loop and back. View of the South Santiam River from one point on the Marks Slough Trail. This is a shorter version of the Boulder Falls to the River Walk.
An easy level walk on paved surfaces from Boulder Falls Inn to the South Santiam River and back. Visit a Japanese garden and view of the South Santiam River from one point on the Marks Slough Trail.
North Shore Trail at Cheadle Lake
The trail crosses open park land at Cheadle Lake Park then goes along and between the Santiam Canal and Lake on top of a raised berm that leads to the north trailhead at River Road.
Distance: 1.32 miles each way
Trail surface: Paved 10- and 12-foot-wide, fully accessible trail.
How to get there:
Take Highway 20 southeast out of Lebanon for ¼ mile past the stoplight near Walmart. Turn left onto Weirich Drive. Cheadle Lake Park is on the left.
Where to park: Turn left from Weirich Drive into the parking area.
This trailhead is marked with a kiosk a few feet north of the parking area trail entrance.
- You can access the trail from the north. From Main Street turn east onto Russell Drive at the Les Schwab Tire Center. Travel .92 miles, where you will see a paved parking area on the right. This is the north trailhead parking area of Cheadle Lake Park, with access to the boat launch ramp for the Cheadle Lake Water Trail. There is a trailhead sign and map there.
Northside Community Trail
The trail crosses the north side of Lebanon from east to west. It meanders along stretches of the Albany Santiam Canal, Marks Slough and the South Santiam River and also passes by the Veterans Home, Boulder Falls Hotel, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital and a historic old mill water tower. You can download and print the map below.
Distance: A little over 3 miles each way.
Trail surface: Paved, 10- and 12-foot-wide, fully accessible trail. Note that one short section of the trail along highway is currently surfaced with cedar chips and will be paved when the medical campus is further developed.
How to get there:
This trail has many access points. To access the mid point of the trail travel north from the intersection of Main and Wheeler Street by Ixtapa restaurant and turn right into the Lebanon Community Hospital parking lot.
Where to park: Park near the trailhead in the parking lot.
If you plan to walk east, the trail is between the two large parking areas in the southeast corner of Lebanon Hospital. If you plan to walk west, the trail begins at the intersection of Highway 20 and Mullins Drive, which is the south roadway entrance to the hospital.
- Towards the east, the trail encompasses several other trail sections including the Dr. Thad Nelson Trail, Had Irvine Park Trail, and the Marks Slough Trail loop.
- Towards the west, walk past the Lebanon Hospital Highway 20 and walk north to cross at a protected pedestrian crosswalk. Continue north to Reeve’s Parkway Trail and then to Hansard Avenue where the paved trail turns into a 12-foot-wide walkway on the east side of the road.
Marks Slough Loop Trail
The trail meanders along the banks of the slow flowing Marks Slough and leads to the banks of the South Santiam River. The two trails are separated by Tennessee Road. A looped walk combines both trail sections.
Distance: 2.1 miles for the full loop, consisting of the west section (1.2 miles), and east section (.9) miles.
Trail type: Paved, fully accessible, 10 to 12 foot wide.
How to get there: From the intersection of Main Street and Wheeler Street travel east .4 mile on Wheeler St. Had Irvine Park and a small trailhead parking area are on the left, immediately after crossing over the Santiam Canal bridge. A larger trailhead parking area is an additional .4 mile on the right. Park in either parking lot to enter the loop at a different point.
Trailhead: The Had Irvine trailhead begins at the north side of the trailhead parking area. The Tennessee Road trailhead begins at the north side of the Tennessee Road parking area.
Options: The west section of the trail meanders along the banks of the slow flowing Marks Slough. You can access the west trail from a trailhead in Had Irvine Park and at the trailhead on the east side of Tennessee Road. Access the east trail section from the Tennessee Road trailhead parking area. The east trail passes through an open field and stands of trees while leading to an overlook at the South Santiam River.
Dr. Thad Nelson Trail
The trail meanders along the Santiam Canal and goes by the historic old mill water tower. The trail starts at the intersection of Highway 20 and Mullins Drive, crosses the Santiam Canal Bridge on Industrial Way, and ends at North Wheeler Street.
Distance: .34 mile
Trail type: Paved, fully accessible, 10-12 feet wide.
How to get there: From the intersection of Main and Wheeler Street by Ixtapa restaurant, travel north on Route 20 and turn right into the Lebanon Community Hospital parking lot.
Where to park: Park near the trailhead in the parking lot.
Trailhead: The trail is between the two large parking areas in the southeast corner of Lebanon Hospital. The trail begins at the intersection of Highway 20 and Mullins Drive, which is the south roadway entrance to the hospital.
- A short trail detour along North Williams Street and then Wheeler Street can be taken to connect with the paved Marks Slough Trail System.
- In addition, you can use the connecting trail between the two parking lots and go west and then north. This leads north past the Lebanon Hospital to a protected pedestrian crosswalk for Highway 20. Continue north to Reeve’s Parkway Trail and then to Hansard Avenue where the paved trail turns into a 12-foot-wide walkway on the east side of Hansard Avenue.