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RV Road Trips

Published: August 18, 2020

 

Travel by RV has always been a popular choice whether you are in a converted bus, airstream, teardrop trailer, camper or something large and luxurious. Now there is even more reason to love this mode of travel. During this time of social distancing, RVing is a great way to explore Lane County without leaving the comfort and safety of your own space. Minimize contact and maximize fun with these RV road trips through the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. 

 

The Willamette Valley Loop

Food & History

Walnut Ridge Winery by Dominick Barbero
Walnut Ridge Winery by Dominick Barbero

 

To enjoy the best of the valley, begin your journey with a night at the Village Green in Cottage Grove. This hotel and RV park has acres of beautiful gardens to explore and is located near the Row River trail in Cottage Grove.

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Once you have explored Cottage Grove, head north to Junction City's Guaranty RV Travel Center and RV Park. This spot is the perfect basecamp for tasting your way through the South Willamette Valley Food Trail and the Prairie Mountain Wineries which includes noteworthy stops like the Creswell Bakery, Camas Country Mill, MarcheWalnut Ridge Winery and Alesong Brewing & Blending. Each stop is unique and so delicious! Fill your picnic basket with take out and buy a bottle of wine to enjoy at a lovely wayside stop or call ahead and make a reservation for onsite tasting and dining. 

 

The Cascade Loop

Hiking & Hot Springs

Diamond Creek Falls by Sally McAleer
Diamond Creek Falls by Sally McAleer
 

During the warm months when most of the snow has melted off the Cascades, the Aufderheide Scenic Byway connects Highway 126 (Mckenzie River Hwy) and Highway 58. For a loop that gives you the best of nature, begin your journey by gaining some elevation from Eugene to Oakridge. In Oakridge, you can stay at either Casey's Riverside RV Park or the Arbor Inn Oakridge RV Park

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From Westfir/Oakridge, travel the Aufderheide Scenic Byway north to the McKenzie River Highway. There is plenty of natural beauty along the way so give yourself time to explore. Once on the other side, you can find a nice place to park your rig along the river near luxurious hot springs at Belknap Hot Springs in the McKenzie River corridor. Belknap offers beautiful gardens to wander and two large pools filled with the healing mineral-rich waters. 

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The Coastal Loop

Adventure & Discovery

Heceta Head Lighthouse by Melanie Griffin
Heceta Head Lighthouse by Melanie Griffin
 

The Oregon Coast is full of stunning views and charming towns, but we think our little stretch of coastline might be the best. This loop begins in Eugene where you can stock up before heading in the direction of the Pacific. Spend the night at either Eugene Kamping World or Premier RV Resorts. For a more natural setting, Richardson Park beside Fern Ridge Lake and Armitage Park on the McKenzie River are both excellent options.

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When the toys are fueled up and the fridge is full, head toward Florence for a world of adventure. In Florence, Heceta Beach RV Park and Jessie Honeyman State Park are both great places to stay for RVers. You'll be close to the beach and not far from Historic Old Town Florence where the best seafood is waiting for you. 

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Author: Melanie Ryan Griffin

Melanie is a University of Oregon graduate who studied Cultural Anthropology and Cinema. After finishing school, she worked as a touring concert photographer for many years before expanding into writing concert and album reviews for online publications. Melanie is now the Content Manager for Travel Lane County. She has lived in Eugene for more than a decade. She has also lived in California, New Mexico, Florida, Spain and Slovakia but loves Oregon the most.

Melanie enjoys exploring the vibrant arts and culture scene in Eugene.  She also loves painting, cooking for friends, dancing, hiking and buying too many house plants. Follow her Instagram for Lane County's best kept secrets.