Row River Trail

Cottage Grove, Oregon

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Row River Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Cottage Grove, Oregon. It is 10.7 miles long and begins at 646 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 21.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 830 feet. Along the trail there are parkings.
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Row River Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Cottage Grove, Oregon. It is 10.7 miles long and begins at 646 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 21.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 830 feet. Along the trail there are parkings. This trail connects with the following: Row River Trail Access.
Activity Type: Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Cottage Grove
Distance: 10.7
Elevation Gain: 830 feet
Surface:
Trailhead Elevation: 646 feet
Top Elevation: 881 feet
Additional Use: Skating, Birding
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Row River Trail
Elevation Min/Max: 643/881 ft
Elevation Start/End: 646/646 ft
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Best Rail Trails: Pacific Northwest

Best Rail Trails: Pacific Northwest

This abandoned railroad line left five Howe truss bridges and twenty-three pile trestles to cross. Ospreys and eagles, a small town, covered bridges, and prairie wildflowers will delight you as you tour the scenic right-of-way. With more than twenty covered bridges, Lane County has more of these scenic spans than any other county west of the Appalachians.

Ospreys, herons, ducks, and geese are commonly seen. A keen eye may also catch a bald eagle, a deer, or the occasional black bear. You can also see the remains of an early settler’s orchard below Smith Creek Bridge during low water.

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Mountain Biking Oregon: Northwest & Central Oregon

Mountain Biking Oregon: Northwest & Central Oregon

This fun and easy tour starts in Cottage Grove adjacent to rambling Mosby Creek. The multi-use trail follows the course of the Row River to Dorena Lake.

The route has many trailheads and places to stop to enjoy the views of the lake and the surrounding farming country. As an added bonus you can see the historic Mosby Creek Covered Bridge and the Dorena Covered Bridge. Trail surface: Paved multi-use trail.

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Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon

Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon

This abandoned railroad line left us five Howe truss bridges and twenty-three pile trestles to cross. Ospreys and eagles, a small town, covered bridges, and prairie wildflowers will delight you as you tour the scenic right-of-way.

With more than twenty covered bridges, Lane County has more of these scenic spans than any other county west of the Appalachians. Surface: 12.6 miles is asphalt and quarter-inch gravel for horses. The remaining, undeveloped 3 miles is large ballast. Location: Cottage Grove, 25 miles south of Eugene, in Lane County.

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75 Classic Rides Oregon

75 Classic Rides Oregon

One of the big benefits of the rails-to-trails movement—beyond, of course, scenic pathways with gentle slopes—is that an old railroad bed typically has some good tales to tell. In the case of Cottage Grove’s Row River Trail, you’re traveling along the same path as the town’s economy over the last 150 years.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Eugene, Oregon

Best Easy Day Hikes: Eugene, Oregon

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.

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Recent Trail Reviews

5/8/2010
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This "trail" is great. Just took the boys on a 20 miler from the hwy up. The asphalt is wide enough for trailers but passing would be tricky in some spots. The ride was pretty easy and most novices could do this ride. This is a great trail for family rides.



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