Things to Do in Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove is a quintessential American town, with a Main Street that seems made for the movies; no wonder it has attracted Hollywood since the '20s when Buster Keaton's "The General" was filmed here. Take a self-guided tour of the town's scenic murals, drive or ride a bike along the Covered Bridges Scenic Tour Route, or relax with boating, fishing or a swim in nearby lakes, rivers and swimming holes.

Expand your explorations in Cottage Grove to include the public golf course, the Cottage Grove Speedway, the Oregon Aviation Historical Society and nearby hikes to waterfalls.

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The Museum's collection of photographs, tools, rocks, minerals and other artifacts, pays tribute to the area's gold mining history. Come… More Info
Celebrating the discovery of gold in the Bohemia Mountains, Cottage Grove celebrates its unique history over four days in July. For more… More Info
Commemorating the 1926 filming of "The General" starring Buster Keaton in Cottage Grove. This mural was painted on the side of the former… More Info
Business membership organization. Full-time visitor information center. Providing economic development resources, demographics and tourism… More Info
This 18-hole course has a variety of wooded and open holes. Thick trees, underbrush, and streams provide opportunities for challenging… More Info
Cottage Theatre delights audiences with its year-round season of plays and musicals featuring 100% local talent. The theatre presents six to… More Info
FUN! Company encourages people to enjoy Cottage Grove to its fullest potential. The founders strive to have visitors and locals love the… More Info
Middlefield Golf Course has a challenging 18-hole, 5,000-yard (4,572-m) field. A par-67, it's ideal for golfers of all levels. This… More Info
A tribute to Cottage Grove's famous resident Opal Whiteley, revered by some as a mystic. Her controversial diary, the Journal of an… More Info
The only Air Museum in Oregon dedicated to the collection, preservation, and display of Oregon's rich aviation heritage. With at least five… More Info
Following a now-abandoned Oregon Pacific Railroad line, The Row River National Recreation Trail is a well paved 15.6 mile (25 km) multi-use… More Info
Territorial Seed Company is a gardeners' utopia! Vegetable, herb and ornamental plants, gardening accessories, garden art, unique gifts and… More Info
Painted in 2007 from a 1920s photograph, the mural is an authentic depiction of historic Cottage Grove. The 12 x 73 foot mural was painted… More Info
Painted by a Cottage Grove High School Art Class.… More Info
Painted by Jim Evangelista.… More Info
A 14 x 90 foot mural painted in 2005 by Howard Tharpe. Recreated from photographs taken on Main Street in the early 1900s.… More Info
This brightly colored mural on the Bohemia Food Hub building depicts the Taylor’s Checkerspot butterfly. This beautiful butterfly is… More Info
Painted by "Super Heroes."… More Info
Painted by artist Suzi Marquess Long in 2004, this mural is on wraps the east and south walls of the Moose Lodge, showcasing the city's… More Info
This natural, wooded park is tucked up in the hills above Cottage Grove, offering rambling hikes alongside Mosby Creek. There are a few… More Info
The Bohemia Mountain Trail is a difficult .8 mile (1.3 km) hike that leads to the highest point in the Cottage Grove District, standing at… More Info
At the center of Cottage Grove, this 14-acre multi-use park features an amphitheater with seating for 2,000, picnic shelters, walking trail,… More Info
The Brice Creek corridor outside of Cottage Grove is a scenic, rocky canyon with numerous small waterfalls and pools in the creek. The .3… More Info
This moderate 5.7 mile (9.2 km) trail follows Brice Creek. The crystal-clear water in an old growth forest make Brice Creek a popular… More Info
Brice Creek Trail is part of a 11.6 mile (18.7 km) loop. The route is made up of 5.5 miles of singletrack, and 5 miles of paved forest road.… More Info
The perfect starting point for a tour of Cottage Grove bridges! The Centennial pedestrian bridge was built in 1987 with recycled timbers… More Info
This is the only remaining covered railroad bridge in Oregon and possibly west of the Mississippi River! The Chambers Bridge was built in… More Info
The distinctive "art deco" armory was built in 1931 for the Oregon National Guard. After almost 80 years of use, the National Guard outgrew… More Info
This 30-mile (48-km) loop around Dorena Reservoir connects six covered bridges in historic Cottage Grove. Drive through two of them! History… More Info
Cottage Grove Lake is popular for swimming, boating and waterskiing. It also offers some of the best fishing in the state for largemouth… More Info
(1/4–1 acre/.1-.4 ha) A group of six ponds located east of Cottage Grove on Row River Road. Fish species: hatchery rainbow trout,… More Info
The Cottage Grove Ranger Station is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. A land and resource management agency responsible for federal… More Info
Painted by Jim Evangelista.… More Info
Painted by Jim Evangelista.… More Info
This state-designated 36 mile (57.94 km) scenic bikeway follows the Cottage Grove Covered Bridge Tour Route and features an all-ages and… More Info
Located near Cottage Grove, this flat but moderately difficult .5 mile (.8K) hike wanders through the forest to a small snow melt-fed lake.… More Info
This is the only bridge in Oregon that is painted two different colors: white portals and red sides. This 105 foot (32 m) bridge was built… More Info
Located on the south side of Dorena Reservoir and spanning the Row River, the bridge was built to connect Government Rd with Row River Rd.… More Info
Located in the rolling hills east of Cottage Grove, Dorena Reservoir is popular for swimming, boating, water skiing and camping. Fish for… More Info
Baker Bay Park offers eighty beautiful acres on the shores of Dorena Lake in Cottage Grove. Open dawn to dusk with a nominal parking fee.… More Info
Painted by Art Guild.… More Info
An easy .5 mile (,8 km) hike from the trailhead with picnic tables. Travel east on Row River Rd for 19.4 miles (31,2 km), turn left on Layng… More Info
A headwater tributary to the Coast Fork Willamette River, Mosby Creek is a free flowing waterway (not damned) known for its prime potential… More Info
Drive through the Mosby Creek Bridge, which was named after David Mosby, a pioneer who staked a donation land claim nearby in 1853. Built in… More Info
Painted by Jim Evangelista.… More Info
Temporarily inaccessible due to fallen trees 8/16/19. This 1.6 mile (2.6 km) moderate hike leads to an upper and lower Parker Falls. Located… More Info
This dramatic and plunging waterfall is part of the Layng Creek Watershed in the Umpqua National Forest outside of Cottage Grove. It falls… More Info
Row River (rhymes with "cow") is a tributary of the Willamette River's Coast Fork. It is approximately 20 miles (32 km) and includes Dorena… More Info
This park previously called East Regional Park. The pond has a dock that is stocked with rainbow trout in the spring providing for an… More Info
Picturesque Siuslaw Falls provides a great backdrop for a morning of fishing, a summer swim in the creek or a fall photo shoot in close… More Info
The snowmelt-fed falls are 40 - 60 ft (12,2 - 18,3 m) high with one drop that can be a light misty veil or a wall of roaring water depending… More Info
Built in 1930, this 60-foot (18 m) bridge was open to vehicular traffic until 1982, despite heavy damage from weather. The Stewart Covered… More Info
Swinging Bridge is another point-of-interest for bridge enthusiasts, located just a half-mile upstream from Centennial Covered Bridge near… More Info
Upper Trestle Creek Falls is accessible but Lower Trestle Creek Falls is still inaccessible due to the 2019 winter storm. Enjoy this scenic… More Info
Wildwood Falls drops 15 ft (4,6 m) in a few channels over a small basalt cliff, forming three to four different segments. The deep pool… More Info