Run Along Waterfront Park

Oregon Tom McCall Waterfront Loop

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A quick urban run that makes you forget you're in the city. Fun scenery and people along the Willamette River. It’s an easy 2.6 mile loop.

Looking for a quick run along the water in the heart of Portland? Look no further. This relatively flat 2.6 mile loop runs right along the Willamette and features great views of the city’s bridges, river, the downtown skyline, and all of the fun people enjoying this urban park.

From the Salmon Street Springs fountain, follow the river path north through Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Take the Steel Bridge across the Willamette River. Follow the river path south, passing over the floating Eastbank Esplanade. Turn right on Hawthorne Bridge and return to the start.

There are a good number of festivals and concerts in this area, and it can get a bit crowded during lunch on a nice sunny day, so keep that in mind when you plan your next run and enjoy the scenery.

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  • Running shoes
  • Running gear
  • Cash/card for a post-run snack
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Fitness, Photography, Running

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Beginner

Season:

Year Round

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11 months ago

A Lovely Running Location

The waterfront area will allow you hours of running locations and endless entertainment along the way. The city and river provide a very scenic route.

11 months ago

over 1 year ago

Beautiful in-the-city-escape

This is definitely my favorite running location in the city of Portland. Running along the river and across the bridges can't be beat!

over 1 year ago

about 2 years ago

Steel bridge area attracts many characters! Cross the bridges and run on the east bank to make it a loop.

about 2 years ago

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