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Love For Trails


Oregonians love their trails, and with good reason.


Trails offer more than just scenic walks. They weave a path toward improved health and wellbeing.

Immersing yourself in a secure walking space away from vehicles, even for short periods, has been shown to positively impact one’s physical and mental state.Whether it’s a brisk walk, a challenging run or a leisurely bike ride, trails cater to various fitness levels. Engaging in regular physical activity on trails strengthens your cardiovascular system, improves your muscle tone and aids in weight management, serving to reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Trails can also serve as a catalyst for social interaction.

As you encounter fellow hikers, cyclists, joggers or dog walkers, trails offer opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals. Participating in group hikes or joining running clubs fosters a sense of community and belonging, combating feelings of isolation and loneliness, which are serious issues today.

Oregon’s trails offer an affordable way to improve your health and wellbeing, and most are free to use, requiring minimal investment beyond basic gear. This makes them an inclusive option for individuals of all socioeconomic backgrounds, promoting health equity within communities.


Stay tuned for more information. Meanwhile, make plans to join in National Celebrate Trails Day on Saturday, April 27, as trail lovers across the country celebrate their access to these wonderful pathways to wellbeing.


Phil Forve

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