Row River Trail

Cottage Grove, Oregon 97424

Distance16.4mi
Elevation Gain1,133ft
Trailhead Elevation968ft
Top986ft
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.

Row River Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"This trail is an example of a relatively recent trend - fashioning public trails out of old railroad beds. The first several miles of the trail meander through rural farm country. Apple and pear trees and burgeoning blackberry thickets line the route.

The trail follows the north shore of Dorena Lake for five miles, the through more rural countryside as it passes behind the community of Dorena. The route is paved and the pedaling is easy. Mosby Creek Trailhead is located approximately 7 miles east of Cottage Grove."

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
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Skating, Birding
Additional Use
<a href="http://tinyurl.com/rowriver ">tinyurl.com/rowriver </a>
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Land Management, Eugene
Cottage Grove Ranger District 541-942-5591
Local Contacts

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) brochure–Row River Trail; USGS–Dorena Lake
Bureau of Land Management map "Row River Trail, a Multi-Use Recreation Trail", USGS Cottage Grove, Culp Creek, Blue Mountain, and Dorena Lake
Local Maps

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Sep 2018