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South Eugene Meadows

Subfacility of Ridgeline Trail System

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Features

  1. Parking lot
  2. Trailheads
  3. Undeveloped natural area
Description
South Eugene Meadows features large areas of upland prairie, oak savanna, and oak woodlands. From a small trailhead on Blanton Road southwest of the Blanton Ridge Trailhead, informal footpaths through the site offer access to headwater streams, rocky knobs, and stunning views.

Purchased with a combination of the 2006 Parks bond funds, grant funds from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and the Bonneville Power Administration’s Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program, and a significant donation from the previous landowner, this beautiful property will eventually help connect Wild Iris Ridge to 52nd & Willamette. Extensive grant funded habitat stabilization and fuels reduction work at the park has reduced wildfire risk and enhanced rare prairie and oak habitats. Bicycles and horses are prohibited.

New Ridgeline parks
The City of Eugene has acquired additional natural areas in the Ridgeline Park system, including South Eugene Meadows, with a goal of providing uninterrupted trails and habitat across the system and beyond—from Fern Ridge Reservoir in the west to Mount Pisgah in the east. This supports the Ridgeline Area Open Space Vision and Action Plan, as well as the larger vision of the Rivers to Ridges Partnership, which consists of 16 conservation organizations and agencies committed to protecting and enhancing the region’s land and water resources.

South Eugene Meadows and other recently acquired ridgeline parklands are not yet developed. Visit these areas at your own risk—they typically lack developed trails, wayfinding signage, or designated parking. If visiting these sites, please respect park rules, private property, and regulatory signage. To avoid being towed, do not block maintenance gates, or park on road shoulders or in other undesignated areas. Please watch your step to avoid trampling wildflowers or disturbing wildlife. Natural hazards such as ticks, poison oak, and uneven terrain are more common than along the city’s designated and maintained trails, and emergency access can be very limited in many of these sites.

  • 193.7 acres
  • South region

Volunteer
Help activate the power of parks by getting involved with our Eugene Outdoors volunteer program. Learn new skills, meet great people, and improve the quality of life in Eugene by helping to care for our parks and open spaces.

Contacts
  • Parks planner: Philip Richardson, Landscape Architect
    Ph: 541-682-4906
  • Natural area operations supervisor: Jesse Cary-Hobbs
    Ph: 541-682-4826
  • Eugene Outdoors natural area volunteer coordinator: Carrie Karl
    Ph: 541-682-4850

Documents
Ridgeline Trail Map