Benton County Loop

Philomath, Oregon

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A 109-mile signed scenic loop through Willamette Valley farms, vineyards, and foothills of the Coast Range mountains. In the past, there have been several versions of this drive. While some routings start at different points, all follow essentially the same quiet backroads through forest, farmland, and several small communities that are little more than a crossroads with a store or a church. The current version begins at the southern end of Benton County and travels west through the heavy forests of the Coast Range. Special attractions: Waterfalls, South Fork of the Alsea River, Willamette River, William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, McDonald Experimental Forest, Peavy Arboretum, mountain and valley scenery historic sites, and wineries. 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.
Scenic Driving Oregon

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Scenic Driving Oregon

by Tom Barr (Falcon Guides)

A 109-mile signed scenic loop through Willamette Valley farms, vineyards, and foothills of the Coast Range mountains. In the past, there have been several versions of this drive. While some routings start at different points, all follow essentially the same quiet backroads through forest, farmland, and several small communities that are little more than a crossroads with a store or a church. The current version begins at the southern end of Benton County and travels west through the heavy forests of the Coast Range.

Special attractions: Waterfalls, South Fork of the Alsea River, Willamette River, William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, McDonald Experimental Forest, Peavy Arboretum, mountain and valley scenery historic sites, and wineries. 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.

©  Tom Barr/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Philomath
Distance: 109
Season: Year-round, although snow may cause temporary section closures
Local Contacts: Willamette Valley Visitors Association
Driving Directions: Directions to Benton County Loop

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May 2018