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Road Trip: Creswell and Cottage Grove

Published: August 28, 2022


Escape into a delightful, undiscovered world of Willamette Valley farms, small towns and waterfall hikes. Start your trip on Highway 99 paralleling the Interstate 5 just south of Eugene. You will arrive shortly in the charming communities of Creswell and Cottage Grove and encounter alpacas, movie landmarks and outdoor murals along the way.

Here are a few highlights you'll want to put on your list of things to do in Creswell and Cottage Grove:

  • Take out from Creswell Bakery. All road trips in this direction must include a stop at Creswell Bakery (ask any local and we're betting they'll say the same). Expect awesome breakfast treats, sandwiches and meat pies baked with farm-to-table devotion. 
  • Golf at Emerald Valley Golf & Resort. Swing your club where the University of Oregon golf teams practice! Emerald Valley's beautiful 18-hole course is close to town but feels miles away. Students get discounted rates.
  • Creswell Clay Target Sports. Spend a day trying out clay target games at the region's premier shotgun club. Single-day memberships are available.
  • Try local wine and beer. Pick up a bottle of wine from Saginaw Vineyard. Or stop at one of Cottage Grove's local breweries — outside seating is available at both the Covered Bridge Brewing Group and Coast Fork Brewing and Feed Store.
  • Take a movie buffs tour. Cottage Grove's charming look first caught Hollywood's attention in 1926 when Buster Keaton filmed "The General" here. Today, pay tribute to movie classics like "Animal House" and "Stand By Me" with visits to filming locations around town. 
  • Ride the Row River Trail. Part of the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway, this bike path encircles Dorena Reservoir and passes several of Cottage Grove's historic covered bridges.
  • Waterfall hikes. Drive up into the hills to discover a cluster of waterfalls

Where to Stay

Both Creswell and Cottage Grove make a good base camp to exploring this area. See if you can find a spot at Baker Bay Campground, or check into a local hotel.

Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.