Hike Report: Roegner Park Trails
601 Oravetz Road SE, Auburn
Roegner Park is a 21 acre community park located along the bank of the White River in Auburn. The park itself features a picnic pavilion, playground, public art, and trails. Although the playground is currently under renovation, there are great stroller-friendly walking trails and lots of grass for play stops. Bring the family dog along and Fido can enjoy the off-leash dog park as well.
There is plenty of parking, but when I was there the restrooms were locked. (There was a port o potty.) I am assuming the restrooms will be open when the playground is completed
From the parking lot, you can access the White River Trail. Turn right and follow the paved path or the narrower dirt trail. (The two paths will take you to the same place.) The paved path is perfect for strollers, scooters, and kids because it is wide and pretty flat. There are benches and tables along the way.
You will not only stroll through grassy areas, but get some great views of the White River.
The trail continues 2.5 miles, ending at Game Farm Wilderness Park. You can also park at Game Farm Wilderness Park and start from there.
For a shorter stroll, start at Roegner Park parking lot and take the path on the left. This trail is about a half mile round trip. Once you pass a daycare center on your left, you can turn around there, or go a bit further. The path continues until you reach a metal sculpture.
The sculpture is cool, but there isn’t much more to see except for a bridge with lots of graffiti. Note from SFM: I tagged along on this outing. Tiffany and I thought the park was clean and pleasant and noticed several other groups out walking. We did notice what looked like some camps under the bridge. If that would concern you, we suggest taking the other route described here or turning around at the day care center/preschool.
Once the playground is finished, this park should make for a great place to meet for a play date and get a little exercise for parents, kids and even the dog!