The Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System is a collection of interconnected multi-use paved paths running along the Willamette River. The 12 mile (19.3 km) path system connects the two cities of Eugene and Springfield and is heavily used by locals. It is not uncommon to see cyclists and runners out on the paths. Following the river’s edge, the path system weaves through open spaces, parks and has five pedestrian/bicycle bridges proving scenic loops with varying distances.
The path system has 4 main trail sections which are the North Bank Path, South Bank Path, East Bank Path and West Bank Path. The two most popular sections are the North Bank and South Bank sections. The North Bank Path passes through Alton Baker Park and winds directly alongside the river and through a riverbank forest. The South Bank Path connects to the University of Oregon and leads towards Skinner Butte Park and the Owen Rose Gardens.
Restrooms can be found within Alton Baker Park or at the bottom of Skinner Butte Park near the playground. There are many benches placed around the path system offering unobstructed views of the Willamette River. From some of the bench locations you can see Spencer Butte, the highest point in the surrounding valley.