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Scenic & Regional Trail Program

Oregon has an international reputation for exceptional scenic beauty and excellent outdoor recreation opportunities. A statewide network of scenic trails showcases and provides access to Oregon’s outstanding natural features including rivers, mountains, waterfalls, and the Pacific Ocean. Oregon’s regional trails connect recreation sites, schools and services, provide alternative transportation routes, and also highlight the state’s natural beauty.

The Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC)  invites trail proponents to join in the vision of a statewide system of designated trails that will showcase exceptional trail experiences.

Visit this page for a list of designated trails, including descriptions of each trail and links to more detailed information.

Nominations are currently closed for future Scenic and Regional Trail designations.

Oregon Scenic Trails: This designation highlights recreational trails which showcase significant natural beauty of Oregon. These trails are more likely in dispersed settings are at least 1 mile in length.

Oregon Regional Trails: This designation highlights close-to-home trails or trail systems that connect communities to recreation facilities, businesses, libraries, schools, and other areas. These trails are at least 5 miles in length.

Scenic Bikeways: This program showcases some of Oregon’s best bicycle rides across the state. Bikeways are nominated by local proponents and vetted by the Scenic Bikeways Committee in partnership with ORTAC.  Visit the Scenic Bikeways page for more information about the routes and applying for a designation.

​OPRD periodically solicits nominations for land managers or their proponents to designate a specific trail or trail system as Scenic or Regional. Oregon Recreation Trail Advisory Committee​ (ORTAC)  reviews applications, conducts field reviews, and makes recommendations to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission for designation approval.

Trail Designation Handbook


Jodi Bellefeuille
Program Coordinator
725 Summer St. NE Suite C
Salem, Or 97301