Bear Creek Park

A section of the Bear Creek Greenway

A section of the Bear Creek Greenway

1520 Siskiyou Blvd
Medford, OR

Bear Creek Park is an excellent pitstop that quite frankly, I forgot to review earlier because it’s right in my hometown. It’s also, however, right off of I-5 but tucked out of sight, making it a perfect candidate for Pitstops for Kids. Bear Creek Park is huge, and has something for everybody. On the east end of the park are a dirt BMX track (try it out if you have bikes with you!) and a large skate park. Parking is available there, or on the opposite end, by the large fortress’ playground. This is the most shaded area, with a huge climbing structure, tire swings, slides, and more. Bike paths connect this playground with the skate park (and tennis courts in-between). Also connected to the park is the Bear Creek Greenway bike path, which runs miles in either direction (toward Ashland, Oregon and Central Point, Oregon). If you have time, the greenway is a shady place to be on a summer day.

If you’re traveling with a dog, there’s even a dog park. Look for it while driving to Bear Creek Park. You’ll see it just past the Dairy Queen upon exiting the freeway. (You can park there as well, if you like, and take the footpath across the street to both the dog park and to the greater Bear Creek Park.

Date last visited: Just this week!

Distance off the interstate: Approx. two minutes

Bathrooms: There are two sets that I know of. One is in the center of the park next to the tennis courts. The other is adjacent to the fort’ playground. Unfortunately, this one is always pretty grimy. It’s worth the two minute walk to the tennis courts!

Food Services: Only picnic tables and BBQs within the park, but both Dairy Queen and Black Bear Diner are within walking distance.

Directions: From I-5, take Exit 27 (Medford). Turn right at E. Barnett Rd, then left at Highland Dr. You’ll see the BMX track and skate park on the left. If you want the playground, continue through the roundabout and take the second exit. Parking on the left.
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About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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  1. We’ve had an aweful time finding gas stations and pit stops in oregon- thanks for the links. Can you post if there if food on the way to this park from I-5?
    Thanks,
    Andie

  2. Hi Andie,
    There is food on the way to this pitstop. There’s a Dairy Queen and Black Bear Diner adjacent, and many other fast food chains on the other side of the bridge (left after exiting I-5. I hope this helps!

  3. Thank you! We will be there tomorrow.

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