This Idyllic Trail In Oregon Takes You To Covered Bridges, Through Lush Forest And Past A Lake

The beauty of this trail only grows with the changing seasons. This is the perfect trail to take for a leisurely walk or bike ride in Oregon.

People on the Row River Trail on a red bridge.
The Row River Trail. Photo by the Bureau Of Land Management via Flickr CC2.

The Row River trail near Cottage Grove and Dorena Oregon is the perfect place for a leisurely walk, an easy bike ride, or a horse ride through the country.  This 17-mile paved trail used to be a railroad line, but was paved over as part of the Rails-To-Trails program.  Whether you want to explore the entire trail in a day, or just do one section at a time, this is the perfect trail in Oregon for a relaxing day out in nature.

Covered Bridges, Forests, Lakes, Rivers and Meadows

The Row River Trail (Row is pronounced like cow) has many trailheads and access points, so you can explore different parts of the trail at your leisure.

 

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One major point of interest is the Mosby Creek Covered Bridge which is located just off the trail.  This white covered bridge was built in 1920 and restored in 1990.

Others will enjoy the scenic views of the Row River, Dorena Lake, Smith Creek, Flat Creek, and Mosby Creek.

 

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You can find trailheads to the Row River Trail at The Mosby Creek Trailhead, Dorena Dam, Row Point, Harms Park, Bake Stewart Park, and Culp Creek.  See the map here.

Part Of Stand By Me Was Filmed On The Row River Trail

 

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The classic coming of age movie Stand By Me with Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, and Kiefer Sutherland was filmed in a number of Oregon locations, including the Row River Trail.

 

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Some of the movie’s iconic moments were filmed in locations along this trail that you can still visit today.

 

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Take a look at this short video to see how the locations have changed from when filming took place in 1985.

As The Seasons Change The Beauty Of This Trail Grows

People who take the Row River Trail in spring are treated to wildflowers as the world wakes up from its winter nap.

 

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In the summer trees are full of green leaves and the trail is full of life.

 

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In the fall this trail is alight with color from changing leaves and treats people to even more spectacular views.  Even in the winter or on a rainy day this trail has beauty to offer those willing to seek it out.

 

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Have you ever taken the Row River Trail?  Share your photos of this trail in a comment with us and tag the friends and family you want to go with!

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