South Fork Alsea Back Country Byway

Glenbrook, Oregon

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An 11-mile, paved Type I byway that follows the South Fork of the Alsea River as it drains west through Oregon’s Coast Range. The 11-mile South Fork Alsea River Back Country Byway rises from the western edge of the Willamette Valley 35 miles northwest of Eugene, climbs into the Coast Range, and descends the scenic South Fork of the Alsea River to the small town of Alsea 40 miles east of the coast. The byway offers a leisurely drive, provides recreational opportunities in a lush river canyon, and demonstrates the BLM’s multiple-use management of the surrounding forest. The Type I byway is a paved double-lane road with plenty of turnouts. The Benton County road segment west of the byway is graded gravel. Special Attractions: Alsea Falls, Alsea Falls Recreation Site, Hubert McBee Memorial Park, camping, picnicking, hiking, salmon and steelhead fishing, photography, wildlife. 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.

South Fork Alsea Back Country Byway Professional Review and Guide

"An 11-mile, paved Type I byway that follows the South Fork of the Alsea River as it drains west through Oregon’s Coast Range. The 11-mile South Fork Alsea River Back Country Byway rises from the western edge of the Willamette Valley 35 miles northwest of Eugene, climbs into the Coast Range, and descends the scenic South Fork of the Alsea River to the small town of Alsea 40 miles east of the coast. The byway offers a leisurely drive, provides recreational opportunities in a lush river canyon, and demonstrates the BLM’s multiple-use management of the surrounding forest.

The Type I byway is a paved double-lane road with plenty of turnouts. The Benton County road segment west of the byway is graded gravel. Special Attractions: Alsea Falls, Alsea Falls Recreation Site, Hubert McBee Memorial Park, camping, picnicking, hiking, salmon and steelhead fishing, photography, wildlife. 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: Glenbrook
Distance: 11
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management
Driving Directions: Directions to South Fork Alsea Back Country Byway

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May 2018