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Lithia Park, best Oregon hikes in Medford, hiking and biking trails in Medford

HIKING IN LITHIA PARK

Lithia Park

Difficulty: Easy to moderate 

Average Distance: 2-5 miles, varies based on route

Parking: Free throughout the park but is limited to 2-3 hours based on location and time of day.

Restrooms: Public restrooms throughout the park 

Optimal Season: Year round, weather permitting

Great for kids, picnics, trail running, day hiking, photography, dogs allowed with leash. Watch out for ticks and poison oak in spring and summer. Trails may become muddy or icy in the colder months. Also be on the lookout for deer and use caution when around them as many are not afraid of humans.

Lithia Park, best Oregon hikes in Medford, hiking and biking trails in Medford

Head south on Interstate 5 toward California. Take exit 19 and turn right onto Valley View Road, then left on Highway 99 and travel south for approximately 2 miles where it turns into Pioneer Street. The Ashland Plaza will be on your right. Enter the plaza where you may park for free or continue into Lithia Park.

Lithia Park, best Oregon hikes in Medford, hiking and biking trails in Medford

When one thinks of places to view fall leaves in Southern Oregon, the first words that escapes people's lips are always, LITHIA PARK! 

Lithia Park is full of trails for every hiker throughout its 93 acres. To get the most out of your fall hike, park as close to the Ashland Plaza as possible and make your way to the Lithia Park sign at the entrance of the park. 

The hikes in Lithia Park definitely fall under a “choose your own adventure” hike as there are several small spur and loop trails throughout the park. Be sure to download a trail map from alltrails.com or gaia.com to plan your route. You can also pick up a trail map from most of the retailers in the Ashland Plaza. 

As you’re taking in the autumn ambience, follow the path past the Lower Duck Pond for breathtaking scapes that beckon you to take out your camera and capture the moment. The array of different Maple, Dogwood, Cedar, Oak, Birch, Pine, and Ash trees paint a symphony for the eyes in the autumn months. As you continue down the path you’ll notice Ashland Creek with an array of picturesque arch footbridges crossing the creek. If the weather is nice, you may be able to take in some live music from many of the local buskers providing the soundtrack for your hike. 

Past the children’s playground you’ll find a well maintained trail that takes you deep into this magical place along Ashland Creek. Full of picnic tables, park benches, and wood foot bridges. Near the Band Shell, which is used for an array of live performances including the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band and screenings from the Ashland Independent Film Festival, the trail will fork, giving you the option to follow the creek on either side. Eventually you'll make your way to the Upper Duck Pond. You may follow this for as long as you’d like to the reservoir near the end of the park or loopback at any time. Be sure to plan your route and enjoy everything Lithia Park has to offer this fall.

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