Getting exercise in the great outdoors

Now that Douglas County has entered into Phase 2 of the governor’s reopening plan and the weather has turned for the better, it’s time to take advantage of the beautiful local outdoors! Fresh air and movement are key components to health, especially after spending months indoors to stop the spread of COVID-19.  Below are some ideas of where to go and what to do.

Hike Watson Falls

Watson Falls is a short hike, just over half a mile, located near Idleyld Park east of Roseburg. It features the third highest waterfall in Oregon and is rated as a moderate trail used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching. Bringing your family or your dog for a short nature walk at Watson Falls is perfect for a day when you only have a limited amount of time to get outside.

Find more information at the Forest Service website.

Visit Stewart Park in Roseburg

If you’re looking for a place to bike, throw a ball around, or walk through a botanical garden, Stewart Park is a great place to visit. It also has places to play golf, tennis, and baseball. Covering 263 acres it’s a good place to keep a safe distance from other groups enjoying the park.

Stewart Park is one of 20 city parks in Roseburg that offer a variety of recreational opportunities, including playgrounds, skateboarding, biking, dog walking and other social activities. When using the parks, be aware of those around you and stay with the group you arrive with.

Find more information about Roseburg’s city parks on the city website.

Kayak, Raft, or Paddle Board the Umpqua River

When the weather calls for water sports, the Umpqua River is a great place to be. Rafting, kayaking, and paddle boarding are fun ways to get some sun, fresh air, and great exercise. There are many areas to chose from, and they vary on how difficult they are to paddle in, so do your research and come prepared. Water sports work out many different parts of your body, so visiting the river is a great way to spend a weekend after a long few months in quarantine.

For more about the North Umpqua Wild & Scenic Rivers, including safe river usage, visit the informational page.

Take a Trip into Umpqua National Forest

Umpqua National Forest is home to several hikes, including Mount June and Sawtooth Ridge (5 miles), Mt. Bailey Trail (5 miles), Toketee Falls Trail (1 mile), Umpqua Hot Springs (0.3 miles), North Umpqua Trail (3.5-15.7 miles), and Brice Creek/Trestle Creek Falls (4 miles). So, depending on how much time you have to spare and the age and ability of the family members you are bringing, you have a variety of hikes available to explore.

It is home to 18 different fish species, 66 mammal species, 236 bird species, and 27 reptile and amphibian species, so you and your family are sure to spot some of Oregon’s incredible wildlife during your nature walks.

A day pass is required for some day use sites and trails. Find more information about hiking and camping opportunities at the Forest Service website.

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