Row River Bicycle Trail

Row River Bicycle Trail



It's that time of year when cooped-up cyclists start testing their pedal power again.

While Eugene is usually considered the bicycling capital of Oregon, only a few miles south is one of the most beautiful two-wheel rides in the entire state.

The Row River Bicycle Trail (row rhymes with cow) starts about 3 miles east of Cottage Grove and for nearly 16 miles follows the former railbed of the abandoned Oregon and Southern Eastern railway line.

The wide trail has a packed gravel-asphalt surface, free of most hazards, except for the occasional hiker or runner.

You could be satisfied with just the scenery as you pedal through urban, farm and forest landscapes, but there's so much more.

The trail passes by three historic covered bridges, crosses over four rivers on the original railroad bridges and skirts the northern shore of Dorena Lake. You'll also find old movie sets from the Buster Keaton silent film, The General, which was filmed along the river in 1926.

You could start your journey at Trailhead Park in downtown Cottage Grove, or at any of seven other trailheads along the route.

To download a trail map, visit www.cottagegrove.org/trail/htm/rrtmap.htm. For information, contact the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce at 541-942-2411.