Looking for quiet? Try running at Galen McBee Airport Park (McMinnville)

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I happen to come across this sweet spot thanks to Facebook. I had seen photos of a mushroom house and it caught my attention. I had to go there! Thankfully, after some easy research, I found this spot was only 30 minutes from my house! I’ve been there a number of times now.

Galen McBee Airport Park‘s construction was completed and opened back in 1977. The half mile soft dirt trail and one mile full loop is full of old sitting benches and drinking fountains that no longer have water running through them. Each are a piece of artwork. As you pull into this small park, you can safely park in the parking lot that has one port-a-potty available. If you take the trails to the right, there are a number of picnicking tables tucked in the woods, almost like their own camping spot, although this is a day use park only. After about a quarter mile you come to some well maintained steps leading down to a beautiful wooden bridge with a small creek running through. You will circle around in what feels like the deep deep woods to the other side (left trail from parking lot) to the mushroom house and another wooden bridge. Don’t let the deep woods feeling fool you, you are actually in airport area. Multiple trails lead out of the woods and you can stand out in the airport field and watch the plans.

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This is a soft dirt walking trail that would make for a fantastic mile loop run. It’s very shaded so I think it would be a perfect fit for a summer run. You would have a port-a-potty available every mile and this park isn’t heavy with people. Each time I have visited there has only been a small handful of people spread out.  I’ve never seen anyone make use of the picnicking tables yet, but I’m planning on it this month. Take note: when it’s raining, it’s muddy in spots. There is some small elevation gains and a few steps. Dogs are permitted on leash only.



  • 1 mile loop


  • Little ups and downs with a few stairs


  • Maintained dirt


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About Julie Mullins (104 Articles)
I am a 41 year-old runner from Dallas, OR. I am married to Jerry (also a runner) and we have three kids (one who will run with us on occasion). I work full time at West Valley Hospital/Salem Health and run as often as I can. I ran in High school but as an adult, started running in 2008. Since then, I have completed 13 full marathons, numerous 5k, 10ks and 15k. I've run two Ultras and just completed my 31st half marathon. My goal is the get my BQ in 2018 at Eugene Marathon! (Pinch me, I DID IT!!!) I also organize a local running group called ZaoFit (on facebook). I LOVE running with others - it is what keeps me motivated to stay consistent, and to keep dreaming big.
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