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Maps and Guidelines

Cross the Autzen Footbridge to explore the Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker ParkNearby Nature’s home base is in Alton Baker Park, where we serve as the City of Eugene’s official park host. Alton Baker Park has a developed area on the western end and a 237-acre natural area on the eastern end (the Whilamut Natural Area). Most of our programs take place in the Whilamut Natural Area. Named to honor the Kalapuya people, the Whilamut Natural Area is a haven for wildlife as well as non-motorized human visitors. A myriad of jogging and hiking trails, bike paths, waterways, forests, open spaces, and the Talking Stones make this area a favorite among runners, hikers, nature explorers, canoe paddlers, bicyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts. For a look at some of Nearby Nature's favorite places, see Nearby Nature's trail map (noted below).

When you visit the park, please treat it with respect and be sure to follow the Natural Area Guidelines below. For more information about the park see the City of Eugene's website. Also on the city's website, you will find a copy of the park map that is posted on kiosks located throughout the park, including one at the site of the Alton Baker Park Host Residence where we have our office.

Maps of the Park

  • Click here to see a PDF of the City of Eugene's park kiosk map (shows facilities, kiosks, trails, bike paths, and boat launches in the park). Nearby Nature Kiosk
  • Click here for a simple map that will help you find Alton Baker Park by bike or car.
  • Click here for Nearby Nature's trail map that highlights Nearby Nature's favorite places and trails in the park. Click here for descriptions of the special places on this map. We can also send you a copy of this map in the mail. Please call 687-9699 or email us at with your request.
  • Click here for a map of the Talking Stones in Alton Baker Park. We can also send you a copy of this map in the mail. Please call 687-9699 or email us at with your request.
  • Click here for a PDF map of the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System along the Willamette River.

Whilamut Natural Area Guidelines

The Alton Baker Park Natural area is an oasis in the Eugene/ Springfield urban area. One of the best and simplest ways we can protect the natural qualities of our park is to lessen human impact.

  • Stay on the trails! This keeps trampling to a minimum and reduces human disturbance of wildlife.
  • Pack it out! Litter shows disrespect and damages plant and wildlife habitat.
  • Leave it in! Each plant, animal, and rock has its value in nature. Please don't pick, catch, remove, or collect natural items.The Willamette River is lovely edged by spring-green trees
  • Keep pets leashed and on trails! Pets can disturb and harm wildlife - and sometimes other park visitors, too!
  • Ride bicycles only on designated paths! Bicycles are allowed only on paved paths in the natural area (BMX and mountain biking may be done in the BMX area.)

Please attend to these guidelines and help educate other park visitors as well. Remember, the natural area belongs to all of us, and especially to those plants and animals that can't speak for themselves!




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