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Road Trip: Santiam Wagon Road, and Paths Less Traveled

A great way to reconnect with nature is to take a road trip through the scenic recreational areas of the Willamette Valley.  Just four miles off I-5 is the charming small town of Historic Brownsville, a fantastic place to begin the adventure.

This charming little town has numerous venues packed with information about Oregon pioneer history as well as some wonderful places to eat.  Be sure to stop at Randy’s Café for delicious coffee and giant cinnamon rolls for a morning treat.

Traveling East allows visitors to experience the famous Santiam Wagon Road through Sweet Home, considered one of most important historical routes in the state.  Sightseers on this path can view information about the past in museums and historic structures such as restored covered bridges, and many colorful murals depicting life in yesteryear.

With access to rivers, reservoirs, parks, campgrounds, and hiking trails, this byway offers a wide range of recreational activities and is a year ‘round opportunity for travelers to enjoy a few hours of tranquil scenery, inspiring beauty and historical gratification.  It’s is the perfect way experience outdoor activities and to take the road less traveled.

Stop in at The Point Restaurant to enjoy some down-home, Sweet Home goodness while taking in the view of Foster Lake’s beauty.  Don’t miss their hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, fresh-baked bread (including gluten-free) and burgers.

After a hearty meal, drive across Highway 20 to Foster Lake Reservoir to enjoy the recreational paradise that offers easy access to rivers, reservoirs, parks, campgrounds, many trails and winter sport areas; this byway offers opportunities for many fun experiences for the whole family.