Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway
As Oregon's first designated scenic bikeway, this route is recognized for its gently rolling hills and compelling beauty. Cyclists pass through peaceful pastoral settings on a mixture of low traffic country back roads and dedicated bike paths.
The 134 mile (216 km) ride through the Willamette Valley can be cycled in shorter segments as desired. Designed as a one-way trip north to south, the bikeway can also be relished in reverse or as a round trip adventure.
Cruise Oregon's state capital, delve into historic towns and roll through Oregon's fertile agricultural land. The Willamette Valley is known for vineyards of world-class Pinot Noir grapes, voluminous grass seed production, Christmas tree exports, and its nuts, berries and hops.
The following bikeway segments are suggested
- Champoeg State Heritage Area to Salem
30.9 miles (49.73 km) / moderate
- Salem to Albany
46.9 miles (75.48 km) / moderate
- Albany to Brownsville
30.3 miles (48.76 km) / moderate
- Brownsville to Armitage Park
24.3 miles (39.11 km) / challenging
The grand finale is at Armitage Park on the outskirts of Eugene - Springfield. Here you can camp or stay in a nearby hotel or bed and breakfast. Armitage features full RV hook-ups, riverfront hiking trails, great fishing, volleyball courts and picnic facilities.
From Armitage, the nearby town of Coburg is a scenic 13 mile (20.92 km) round trip. Coburg is known for its antiques, historic buildings and quiet small-town atmosphere. Festive car shows, quilt shows and antique fairs are popular here.
Nearby, another beautiful ride is the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System. Stop in at the 5th Street Public Market for boutique shopping or park your bicycle outside Steelhead Brewery for a taste of Eugene's original micro-brews. The extensive Lane Transit District bus system is bike-friendly, so hop on board and explore.
When you are ready to return to the journey's point of origin, take Amtrak in Eugene for a quick trip to Salem or Portland. Check with Amtrak for specific guidelines on bicycle transport. It's as easy as that!