Access a web of trails at the fairgrounds

Although the Bear Creek Greenway comes to an official end at a parking lot near Pine Street in Central Point, the hiking and biking don't have to stop.

A rustic bark trail leads north to the Jackson County Fairgrounds and Expo Park and the Lithia Motors Amphitheater. The fairgrounds includes a web of trails for walkers and equestrians, Expo Director Chris Borovansky said.

He suggests greenway users trek along the bark path, choosing the left fork of the trail as it approaches the fairgrounds. By the driving range at the Family Fun Center, trail users can cut across a parking lot to reach Peninger Road, which offers the best connection to another web of trails at the north end of the fairgrounds.

Volunteers, greenway planners and the fair board are working out the best way to extend the trail across the fairgrounds in a way that will keep it open for users, but not allow people to sneak into Expo events, greenway coordinator Karen Smith said.

An equestrian trail that crosses the grounds runs along the east side of Bear Creek, but riders must ford the creek to reach it, Borovansky said.

The network of trails around the north ponds serve as Crater High School's home cross country course.

Connecting from those trails to the rest of the informal greenway between Upton Road and the Seven Oaks Interchange on Interstate 5 is a bit treacherous right now because of construction near Upton Road, Borovansky said. To the north, the rough trail remains open.

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