Eugene, Florence, Junction City

Eugene, Oregon

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A 139-mile drive along two-lane paved highways through Willamette Valley farmlands and Coast Range mountains. From Eugene, the route takes travelers through the western Willamette Valley and over the crumpled ridges of the Coast Range to Mapleton, then follows the Siuslaw river into Florence. En route, it passes 100-year-old farms, covered bridges, small roadside communities, tiny ponds, creeks and rivers. The return on Highway 36 stays in the rugged Siuslaw River Canyon, offering a roadside of rocky cliffs, narrow ravines, and a river that changes from slow and meandering to rushing cascades as the road climbs a basalt ridge to serene Triangle Lake. It concludes with the Willamette Valley farmlands. During the week, traffic is usually light to moderate on both highways and moderate to heavy on weekends. The rural countryside, a narrow road, and some sharp turns dictate a slow pace. Special attractions: Beautiful forests, low mountains, reservoir park, river valley, scenic lake, covered bridges, sand dunes, and an ocean beach scenic drive. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

Eugene, Florence, Junction City Professional Review and Guide

"A 139-mile drive along two-lane paved highways through Willamette Valley farmlands and Coast Range mountains. From Eugene, the route takes travelers through the western Willamette Valley and over the crumpled ridges of the Coast Range to Mapleton, then follows the Siuslaw river into Florence. En route, it passes 100-year-old farms, covered bridges, small roadside communities, tiny ponds, creeks and rivers. The return on Highway 36 stays in the rugged Siuslaw River Canyon, offering a roadside of rocky cliffs, narrow ravines, and a river that changes from slow and meandering to rushing cascades as the road climbs a basalt ridge to serene Triangle Lake.

It concludes with the Willamette Valley farmlands. During the week, traffic is usually light to moderate on both highways and moderate to heavy on weekends. The rural countryside, a narrow road, and some sharp turns dictate a slow pace. Special attractions: Beautiful forests, low mountains, reservoir park, river valley, scenic lake, covered bridges, sand dunes, and an ocean beach scenic drive. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Eugene
Distance: 139
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Siuslaw National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Eugene, Florence, Junction City

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May 2018