Joe Dancer Park

McMinnville, OR
Length: 1.25 mi.
Type: Point-to-point

About This Trail

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The trail is mostly flat with some uneven ground and is covered in bark chips. If you park at the first parking lot you can either wander on the paved paths to the right over the bridge and toward the trestles/river and back or you can go left and wander on the dirt/bark chip path that will take you past the skate park and then around all the sport fields. During the summer you can enjoy berries and apples growing along the walk. You can continue through the parking lot to make a loop back or to avoid cars simply cut back through the ball fields.

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Trail Features

Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River and Playground

large rocks at edge of parking lot which are fun for kids to climb on, bridges, trestles, trail goes beside skate park which the kids always enjoy stopping to play at, berries and apples to pick along the trail in the summer

Trail Contributor

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I’m Jill, a mom to 3 energetic boys as well as a business owner. We live in Yamhill County, Oregon and I got involved with Hike it Baby in May 2016 as a Branch Ambassador.   As a self-employed business consultant, working from home while raising my boys started to feel a bit isolating.  Getting connected with my community was important to me and I wanted to get back out in the fresh air more. Even if we get out just once a week it makes a difference and I appreciate having that “unplugged” time. I look forward to getting more families to join me for adventures out on a trail.

I enjoy exploring new trails and rediscovering trails we’ve explored before in new seasons. Personally, I am drawn to any hike involving waterfalls so when I get a chance I am trying to find new ones to explore and find.

During the week most of our hikes are fairly close to home to accommodate our current school and work schedules, but no matter how big or small we like to get outside on adventures.   When we have more time we try to sneak a little further from home to explore the coast, Columbia Gorge, Central Oregon or out to the mountains.    My husband and I enjoyed hiking before having kids and are now trying to raise our boys to love the outdoors as well, and look forward to many adventures in our future.


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