Covered Bridge Scenic Bikeway, Cottage Grove OR
BY: LiveMover Ali Doerr
The state of Oregon currently maintains and operates 15 different scenic bikeways that bring in a significant amount of bicycle tourism to the state each year. After learning more about the expansive rails to trails system we have in in Lane County, I decided to check it out for myself!
My journey started at the University of Oregon campus, where I headed south, toward Cottage Grove on the Lane Transit District #98 bus. The bus ride took just under an hour and dropped me off directly in downtown Cottage Grove. Before heading for the path, I visited Backstage Bakery & Café, enjoyed a delicious breakfast, and browsed some local shops.
Finding the Scenic Bikeway trail was much easier than I originally expected. Just a few blocks from the bus stop there was a large sign that indicated I was on an Oregon Scenic Bikeway. This bikeway, called the Row River Trail, was paved and separated from cars. There is an option to ride the path as a loop, and travel back to Cottage Grove on the road with cars, but I enjoyed the way I came so I decided to make it a “there and back” adventure. The whole loop is 35.9 miles and is moderately difficult.
Along the path there are multiple restrooms and plenty of benches to take a rest or enjoy your lunch. Overall, my experience on the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway was fantastic and I highly recommend giving it a try if you’re looking for a relaxing ride that is close to Eugene. The convenience of being able to take the bus to such a beautiful spot was something that I had not taken advantage of until now.
Till next ride,