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Adventure Center/Visitor Information: 3312 Gateway St · Springfield OR (Open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Downtown Eugene Visitor Center: 754 Olive St · Eugene OR (Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Mailing Address: PO Box 10286 · Eugene OR 97440 s

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Go Beyond the Bridges of Cottage Grove

As you walk through the first of the six covered bridges in Cottage Grove, you will find yourself feeling the emotions of decades of the town's residents. Romantic and nostalgic, beautiful, pastoral and quaint. You might imagine Norman Rockwell will be walking through the historic downtown, with the many building walls artistically-painted with murals reminiscent of his era. But indeed they depict the history of Cottage Grove.

And then you'll discover that Beyond the Bridges there are recreational activities that rival any found in the larger cities of Oregon. Whether you choose to explore the Covered Bridge route by bicycle or car, you'll find yourself breathing in the fresh air of the glorious scenery surrounding each bridge.

By bike, you will ride the 36 miles of paved path with 16 miles designated as family-friendly. The deep blue waters and tall trees of the slopes surrounding Dorena Lake will beckon you to stop along the way and drink in the beauty.

Bridges & Beyond Story

By car, you might drive the route that allows you to roll through a covered bridge and then continue to spectacular Brice Creek Falls to the southeast, or to the winery tasting rooms found in every direction outside of town. Or spend the day geocaching along the Territorial Highway.

By now you've realized that there is just too much to do in one day and you've not yet enjoyed dining in one of the many fine restaurants or taken in a live performance at the local Cottage Theatre. To remedy your desire to spend more time in Cottage Grove, find your way to lodge at Village Green Resort and Gardens (featuring over 14 acres of spectacular flora and fauna) and then spend the following day visiting Territorial Seed Company or maybe playing 18 holes at the city's beautiful Middlefield Golf Course.

Arrive by car (just off I-5) or by private aircraft landing at the municipal airport and enjoy a town of annual festivals and historical museums. See artifacts from the area's gold mining years at the Bohemia Gold Mining Museum, visit the Oregon Aviation Historical Society's Museum or learn about the city's rich history at the Cottage Grove Museum.

This is a city with a main street embellished with hanging flower baskets, shops with unique goods and friendly merchants who love this city and take pride in being residents. Come to Cottage Grove, visit the Covered Bridges, and then explore beyond them to ride the routes, play in the lakes and waterfalls, and step back in time to enjoy the spirit of welcome we extend.