Source: Lee Juillerat, Herald and News

An improved trail surface, more paved sections and more benches are among the improvements wanted by people using the OC&E Woods Line State Trail, Oregon’s longest linear park.

Eric Nelson, president of the Klamath Rails-to-Trails Group, said a survey done earlier this year is helping to set a future direction for the nearly 100 mile long trail.

Built on the old roadbed of the Oregon, California & Eastern Railroad, the trail extends from Klamath Falls east to Bly and north to the Sycan Marsh. The 7.1-mile section from Washburn Way to Olene is paved while the rest is compacted dirt and gravel.

The trail is open to non-motorized use, including bicycling, running, walking and horseback riding.

Because of the survey, which included many comments on cracks and holes, along with the need for weed removal and keeping the trail in usable condition in winter, Nelson said trail managers are getting bids on trail repairs to be done next spring. Nelson said the group, in conjunction with the state, is also seeking grants to extend the paved surface, probably initially east to Dairy and, eventually, to Veterans Memorial Park.

Survey respondents also expressed a desire for more benches and trees, and expressed concern with dog owners who let their pets run free. Other concerns include distracted walkers and cyclists using ear buds and cell phones, cyclists riding at high speeds and not warning others of their approach, and horse and cow manure on the trail.