Staying Active in Ashland

Breathe in, breathe out. You’re in Ashland, Oregon where the air is pure, and the scenery is picturesque. This makes for an exceptional setting to fit in a workout. Whether you’re swimming laps, hiking, biking, or simply going for a stroll, we assure you it won’t feel like exercise. It will just feel like fun!


Let’s start small and simple with a leisurely stroll. When you’re itching to get out of your room and into nature, head over to Lithia Park. Luckily, it sits less than a mile down the road from The Bard’s Inn. During the fall, the foliage is inspiring with bright orange, yellow and red hues. As you listen to the soothing sounds of Ashland Creek, let the wide trails and dense woods capture your attention. Suddenly, your heart rate is up and the calories are dropping!



To gain a little perspective, all you need is one trip up to Hobart Bluff. It’s a rocky outcrop overlooking Hobart Lake in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. This hike is easy to moderate, so you’ll find yourself quickly captivated by the abundant wildflowers, butterflies, and meadows. And as soon as you are, you forget your goal was to stay active.


Another suggested hike is Pilot Rock. Situated at the crest of the Siskiyou mountains, it towers over the upper Rogue Valley. If you’re not used to a steep incline, stick to Hobart Bluff! The climb can be treacherous and requires an undivided focus. But if you get a rush from taking on a challenge, then this is the route for you. Even better? The view from the top is oh-so rewarding.



Biking around Ashland can truly satisfy your spirit, but those two wheels also afford you the ability to go a little further. When that’s what you crave, give Bear Creek Greenway a shot. This 20-mile trail is paved for multi-use purposes and connects Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Medford, and Central Point. So, glide along and let the good times roll.



We get it, some days you don’t want to exert any extra energy. Settle into our pool and you’ll find boundless beauty on all sides. As you swim your laps, you’ll find a sense of calm that makes this repetition feel laid back and therapeutic. When you’re ready to retreat, your room is only a few feet away.


How do you stay active?

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