Are you considering moving to the Salem, Oregon area with your horses? This area in the Willamette Valley is rich with activity opportunities. The Northwest area of Oregon, while home to the largest cities of Portland, Eugene and capital city Salem, also offers grand tracks of unpopulated wilderness and near-wilderness areas in which to ride or hike with horses.
Thirty miles northeast of Salem, in the town of Molalla, there is a shared trail system known as the Molalla River Recreation Area. It offers a 25 mile network of forested trails that follow the lovely Molalla River north and south. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on this trail system, so the quieter ambiance is a soothing time for your horses.
The city of Corvallis, 35 miles south of Salem, has a number of interesting trails to offer for horseback riding. Many are old forest roads that are no longer used for logging but are wide and smooth and traverse the many acres of forest in this part of the state.
The Shellburg Falls Loop Trail is a 6.7 mile out and back trail located near Stayton, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash. Stayton is a town 16 miles southeast of Salem.
If you are searching for assistance with disabled horse riders, the Adaptive Riding Institute offers horse riding therapy classes in a supportive and safe environment with skilled staff ensuring that each rider is accommodated as their needs dictate. This would also be a worthwhile place to volunteer if you are experienced in handling horses or wish to work with people having various disabilities.
The Salem Oregon area is worth exploring for horse property, activities and other outdoor activities which are relatively close to city life yet located in more rural settings. Contact me for information regarding your move to this area and I can help you with many aspects of relocating.