Row River Trail

Cottage Grove, Oregon 97424

Elevation Gain1,133ft
Trailhead Elevation968ft
Elevation Min/Max643/986ft
Elevation Start/End968/968ft

Row River Trail

Row River Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Cottage Grove, Oregon. It is 16.4 miles long and begins at 968 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 32.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,133 feet. Along the trail there are parkings. This trail connects with the following: Row River Trail Access.

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Best Rail Trails: Pacific Northwest (Falcon Guides)
Natalie Bartley
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"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." Read more
75 Classic Rides Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Jim Moore
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"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." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Eugene, Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Art Bernstein, Lynn Bernstein
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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." Read more

Row River Trail Reviews

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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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Trail Information

Cottage Grove
Nearby City
Skill Level
Skating, Birding
Additional Use
Bureau of Land Management—Eugene District, 3106 Pierce Pkwy., Suite E, Springfield, OR 97477; (541) 683-6600;; Umpqua National Forest, 2900 NW Stewart Pkwy., Roseburg, OR 97470; (541) 672-6601;; and Cottage Grove
Local Contacts
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) brochure–Row River Trail; USGS–Dorena Lake.
Local Maps

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Dec 2018