"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
"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
"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