Oregon’s Row River Trail

After getting the bus serviced and having the solar checked out, along with a weeklong stay at a lovely Sandpiper-style resort in the deep woods west of Springfield, it was time to ride! We scoped out the Row River Trail between Cottage Grove and Dorena, Oregon and made a plan.

The trail is built on 16 miles of the abandoned Oregon Pacific & Eastern rail line, which was owned and operated by the Bohemia Mining Company and used to haul logs, supplies, ore, and passengers between Disston and Cottage Grove. The Eugene District of the Bureau of Land Management acquired 14 miles of the abandoned rail way in 1993. The BLM officially opened the multi-use paved trail from the Mosby Creek Covered Bridge to Culp Creek. In 1994, the city of Cottage Grove acquired the remaining three mile segment of the rail line that extended from Mosby Creek into the historic downtown district.

The Row River Trail connects the City of Cottage Grove to Dorena Lake, Culp Creek and the nearby Umpqua National Forest. The trail winds through a variety of landscapes that include urban lands; pasture and farm land with some very large and beautiful trees, timber lands, Dorena Lake shoreline, and the Row River.

We got settled into the Elks Lodge, which is right near both the trali and downtown. Another added bonus, blackberries for the picking along the Coast Fork of the Willamette River.

Naturally, we had to check out the car show in Cottage Grove before we got going.DSC_5149 DSC_5136  DSC_5140 DSC_5142
The Row River Trail is a smooth, asphalt trail with several historic covered bridges along the way. Lane County has more covered bridges than any county west of the Mississippi. When we set out, it was cloudy and almost threatening rain but it cleared up as the day went on. The weather here in Oregon has been terrific, cool and sunny with gorgeous skies.

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This is the Centennial Bridge, built in 1887. It is right in the historic downtown of Cottage Grove. The Currin Bridge was built in 1927 and is no longer in use. It crosses the Row River.
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And Mosby Creek Bridge, built in 1920. It is just adjacent to the trail on the Row River Road.
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Around Dorena Lake the sky started getting dramatic. We felt a few raindrops but nothing serious.
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Along the way…
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Lunch break about 15 miles in.
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On the way back, the sky cleared up a little.
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We rode a total of about 35 miles and both agreed it was great to get back on the bikes for a longer ride. The trails just keep getting better!

Next we are heading back to the coast and north into Washington. Gotta eat some more seafood and many more oysters. Newport here we come!

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3 comments on “Oregon’s Row River Trail

  1. Wendy I so enjoyed meeting you the other day at Albertsons. I’m loving reading about your journeys with all of life’s beautiful scenery and experiences. You’re living the dream! Take care, Diane Vermette

  2. That trail looks great! See you are still parking at the Elk’s lodges. We hope to make a trip to Oregon next year, you will have to let us know what great biking is near Portland.

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