Is your pup longing to spend some quality time with you? How about taking a hike along the Illinois River Trail in Selma? This Oregon trail is located in the southwestern part of the state and is the perfect outing for you both.
The trail lies in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest which covers a whopping 1.3 million acres of land. It is available to hikers only, so you will not be seeing bicyclers or horseback riders on this lightly-travelled trail! Your furry friend will love the scenic terrain as you meander throughout forests that have steep canyon views and plenty of wildlife. The trail follows the Illinois River through the northern portion of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.
Your pup is allowed off leash here, so they can have a great time splashing in the shallow spots of the river from time to time to cool themselves. This National Recreation Trail offers great fishing spots as well, so pack along your rod and reel and relax a bit along your journey. If you complete the 8-mile hike, you will run into Silver Creek, which is another great fishing location. Camping is also allowed anywhere along your route, so you and your fur-ever friend can extend your day hike and make it an overnighter!
Rated as moderate to difficult in some spots, Fido will have no trouble if he is physically fit. However, it is best to take precautions for this hike, such as packing plenty of water and snacks to share. There are no restrooms along this trail, so plan accordingly. The hike will reward you will spectacular views of the blooming wildflowers from May to October, so this is the time for photos with you pup!
Check out the Illinois River Trail for some pawtastic fun together!
Best times to use this trail is during the spring, summer and fall. Four-wheel, high clearance vehicles are necessary during the rainy seasons to access trail.