|Photo Credit: Fred Chambers|
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 south of Brownsville with an elevation gain of 600 feet.
The route continues through the quaint town of Coburg before it reaches its southern end at Armitage County Park and campground.
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 ChampoegState 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 you to make a a reservation for unboxed bikes.
The Coast Starlight train requires bikes be boxed.
For more information on Amtrak's simple boxed requirements call Amtrak at: 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) or visit
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