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Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway

 


RideOregonRide.com/Willamette is a site just for cyclists hosted by Travel Oregon. It shows restaurants, hotels and bike shops along the route. You can post comments and read posts from other cyclists.  

 

 

Amtrak to and from the Bikeway 

You can quickly access the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway from Amtrak at the Salem and Albany stops. The Oregon City Amtrak stop is about 20 miles from Champoeg State Park, the northern terminus of the bikeway. The Eugene stop is about ten miles from the southern terminus of the bikeway. 

There are two types of Amtrak trains along the bikeway. The Cascades Train allows for unboxed bikes. You will need to make a reservation for your bicycle to be stored on a bike rack in the cargo part of the train. The Coast Starlight train requires bikes be boxed. 
 
Cascades trains make more stops along the bikeway and even has its own Facebook page  the Coast Starlight goes all the way to California.
Amtrak reservations for passengers and bicycle storage space are required. Tandem, recumbent, or other unusual bikes must be boxed. Folding bikes are sometimes allowed as a carry on.  For more information, call Amtrak at: 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) or visit http://www.amtrak.com/bring-your-bicycle-onboard.
 

Willamette Valley Bikeway now on Facebook! Page created by locals. Read the posts from the locals who ride the bikeway all the time, follow it, post to it.

 

 

Photo Credit: Fred Chambers
 
Cycle by fields of Oregon’s world-famous hop farms, past views of vineyards and quaint towns. Stop for winery tastings and pick up supplies at coffee shops and brew pubs. 
 
The valley’s temperate climate encourages year-round biking. Bring rain gear for winter riding. April through November brings sunshine, amazing flower displays, farmers markets full of hazelnuts, strawberries and Marionberries (a fruit unique to the area). 
 
Champoeg State Park marks the bikeway's northern point, where settlers gathered to hold what turned out to be a very narrow vote leading to the creation of the State of Oregon.
 
Camp at the hiker/biker sites in Champoeg State Park and Willamette Mission State Park, or leave your carat Champoeg (must check in with Visitor Center and pay fee) while riding the 132-mile bikeway. Or, just head to Willamette Mission State Park and back for a day trip.
 
The route passes through Oregon’s capital city of Salem and the Ankeny Wildlife Refuge. The wintering Canada geese honks and calls are the loudest noises heard on this stretch. 

Continuing south, cycle through the picture perfect town of Brownsville. A campground is conveniently located near downtown. 
 
The bikeway is mostly flat, with one climb just south of Jefferson to the top of Scravel Hill, where you rest and take in the view of the valley or explore a pioneer cemetery. The largest climb is the pass south of Brownsville. The climb gains 600 feet. The route continues through the quaint town of Coburg before it reaches its southern end at Armitage County Park and campground.  
  
 
  
 
 

Maps and Cue Sheet

This link has all four maps and cue sheets for both directions.
 
 

GPS

 

North to South GPS link

South to North GPS link 

Camping

Champoeg State Heritage Area 

 

Willamette Mission State Park  

Pioneer Park in Brownsville 

Armitage County Park

Champoeg and Willamette Mission State Parks have hiker-biker campsite. NO reservation needed at hiker/biker sites.

Route Details

Short Rides

Roundtrip with Amtrak

Supplies & Roadside Produce Stands

Taking Amtrak with your bicycle

Route from Portland to the bikeway

Local Info

 

HistoricBrownsville.com

 

Eugene/Cascades/Coast Cycling Info

Albany Visitors Association

Travel Salem 

TrailstoLinn.com

Bicycle Clubs

Salem Bicycle Club

 

Mid-Willamette Valley Bicycle Club

Santiam Spokes