Exploring Around Eugene

Exploring Around EugeneOne of the most beautiful sanctuaries in the area is Hendricks Park which overlooks the Willamette River, the University of Oregon and the City of Eugene. The 77 acres of parkland contains hiking trails that wander through the forest flora under the canopy of two-hundred year old Douglas Fir trees. The park’s main attraction is its Rhododendron Garden which was founded in 1951 and today displays more than 6,000 ornamental plants specializing in rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and viburnums as well as other unusual trees, shrubs, and flowers that make the garden a delightful sight al round the year.

The distinguishing feature of East Skinner Butte Historic Landmark Area offers a variety of periods and architectural styles, represented by its 24 buildings of architectural and historic significance dating from the 1850’s to the 1920’s. Announced as a landmark area by the city in 1979, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

A wide range of interesting exhibits from the 1840s to the present are available at the Lane County Historical Museum. Established in 1951 and housed in the first public building erected in Lane County (and site of the first jury trial in 1853), it contains Oregon Trail artifacts.

The Springfield Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center is conveniently located at one of the area’s most significant attractions: the Southern Pacific Railroad Depot. Built in 1891, it is the oldest depot of its type in Oregon and one of the few like it remaining in the Northwest.

Another site that is famous for its exteriors as well as its contents is the Springfield Museum. Located in a refurbished 1908 building, it contains three galleries with rotating exhibits of art and antiques as well as the Historic Springfield Interpretive Center.

At Springfield’s Art Alley, you can stand in front of a huge mural (there are nine) and feel like you’ve been transported to a scene from another era.