Row River Trail

Dorena Lake, Oregon

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The Row River Trail is a popular, 16-mile biking, hiking, and running path that begins in downtown Cottage Grove, skirts the edge of beautiful Dorena Lake, and then follows the Row River. The path, built in 1994, is part of the Rails to Trails program, in which abandoned railroad tracks are removed and the route is turned into a hiking trail. Before it was torn up, this particular railroad track was featured in the film Stand by Me. This hike describes 2.7 miles of the Row River Trail, from the highway crossing, past Dorena Dam, and along Dorena Lake to Harms County Park. Readers, of course, are free to hike not only the described section but any or all of the remainder of the trail.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Eugene, Oregon

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Eugene, Oregon

by Art Bernstein, Lynn Bernstein (Falcon Guides)

The Row River Trail is a popular, 16-mile biking, hiking, and running path that begins in downtown Cottage Grove, skirts the edge of beautiful Dorena Lake, and then follows the Row River. The path, built in 1994, is part of the Rails to Trails program, in which abandoned railroad tracks are removed and the route is turned into a hiking trail.

Before it was torn up, this particular railroad track was featured in the film Stand by Me. This hike describes 2.7 miles of the Row River Trail, from the highway crossing, past Dorena Dam, and along Dorena Lake to Harms County Park. Readers, of course, are free to hike not only the described section but any or all of the remainder of the trail.

© 2011 Art Bernstein, Lynn Bernstein/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Dorena Lake
Distance: 2.7
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour (one-way)
Season: Any (may be cold and rainy in winter)
Local Maps: Bureau of Land Management (BLM) brochure–Row River Trail; USGS–Dorena Lake
Topo Map: Row River Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Easy Day Hikes: Eugene, Oregon Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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