This 1.5-mile loop makes a great first trail run, rest-day jog, or family jaunt. Located within the Kenneth Denman Wildlife Area, the Denman Interpretive Trail loops through open meadows and wetlands along the shores of the Rogue River. Be careful not to run too quickly: As some of the best-protected habitat in the Medford area, the area is teeming with birdlife. Slow down enough to savor the scenery, and keep your eyes peeled for woodpeckers, pheasant, quail, blue herons, and osprey.
Located just 15 minutes north of downtown, the Kenneth Denman Wildlife Area is basically a straight shot up the Rogue Valley Expressway (state Route 62). Peel off on Agate Road right before you hit the Crater Lake Highway, then swing left onto TouVelle Road and drive until it dead-ends into the parking area (permit required).
You can take the Denman Interpretive Trail going clockwise or counterclockwise, but consider going counterclockwise and starting along the Rogue River. Keep going straight through the first trail junction to loop through TouVelle State Recreation Site before turning south, then east, back toward TouVelle Road.
For maps, area history, and trail information, visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website at dfw.state.or.us.