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Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway

Bikeway Detour: South River Road, mile marker 34 on the bikeway, will be closed to ALL traffic August 13-22nd. The bike/ped detour will be on a gravel road with one short, yet steep hill. Detour will be signed.

Ride Description

 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). 

 

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
 
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.
  
 
 

 

Maps and Cue Sheet

 
 
 
 
 

GPS

North to South GPS link

South to North GPS link 

Camping

 

Willamette Mission State Park  

Cyclist camping in Independence

Brownsville Camping and off the beaten path accommodations

Armitage County Park

 

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