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Short Rides
Not up to the entire ride?
 
If cycling the entire route is more than you want to try, ride a short section. The bikeway route is marked with signs.
 
Recommended short rides include:
  • Champoeg to Willamette Mission is a great 30-mile round trip. Both state parks have group camping facilities that allow inexperienced bicyclists to try an overnight bike tour. Carry your camping equipment on your bike the short distance of 15 miles to the next campsite.
  • Albany to Thompson's Mills State Heritage Area is a flat and very scenic 42-mile round-trip. Albany has an active downtown with restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and can be accessed via Amtrak from Portland.
  • Armitage County Park to Coburg is a 13-mile round trip.

Roundtrip with Amtrak

Take the train 

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 and check out Amtrak's Facebook page

Hidden Treasures and Farmers Markets
Near Champoeg State Heritage Site
Stopping or ice cream at the Butteville Store. 
Start your ride with ice cream at the Butteville Store.

The seasonally open historic Butteville store has fruit, sandwiches, pie and ice cream. 

Farmers Markets  
Salem and Independence have weekly farmers markets May -October.  Directory of  Oregon Farmers Markets
 
The Willamette Valley is Oregon's leading wine region and home to two-third of the state's wineries and vineyards with close to 200 wineries. Directory of Willamette Valley Vineyards
 

 

Route Details

Short Rides

 

Roundtrip with Amtrak

Farmers Markets and local wines Stands