These two very different trails can be accessed from the same parking lot. The trails in Talking Waters circle around small ponds in an open, sunny environment. The Simpson Park Trail travels through a dense forest with mature trees. Neither is long so both are easily done in a few hours. An additional short trail, the Cox Creek Trail, leads to Waverly Lake.
Talking Waters has been designed to naturally finish the treatment process of waste water by running it through a series of ponds and waterfalls before releasing it into the Willamette River. The landscaping, using native plants and carefully placed rocks, gives it a park like setting. Almost half of the trails are hard packed crushed stone, the others are mulch. Most of the trails have a gentle up or downhill grade.
The Simpson Park trail is a peaceful walk that follows the river but does not have a river view. A short steep hill provides access and the first section of the trail is surfaced with large, loose gravel so wheelchair users will need assistance. The trail levels out and has a hard packed dirt surface which may be muddy in wet weather.