There are a number of ways to enjoy the Oregon National Historic Trail including auto-touring, visiting interpretive sites, hiking, biking or horseback riding trail segments and visiting museums. Depending on which segment you would like to explore, some or all of these activities may be available.
Although the word "trail" is used in the name, the Oregon NHT is not a true hiking trail. With 2,170 miles of the original route now in the hands of various private and public entities, access to trail segments depends upon the permission of the land owner. Some segments are open to the public for hiking and other means of recreation, while others are not.
Following is a list of suggested activities for getting to know the Oregon NHT. Inquiries about trail segments not listed are best made locally. See the Travel and Tourism, Trail Sites, and the Oregon Trail Auto Tour Route driving directions for more information.
The National Park Service does not offer any camping facilities along the trail. Inquire at local trail resource site for camping opportunities. (see Travel and Tourism page).
Short Hikes (usually less than 300 yards to trail ruts or historic sites)
Minor Park Ruts, Red Bridge Crossing of the Blue River in Kansas City, MO