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Cycling in the Willamette Valley

There’s so much to love about the history and natural beauty of the Willamette Valley: Rolling hillsides cut through acres of farmland, dozens of covered bridges cross creeks and rivers, and forested foothills enchant in the region’s mountain ranges.

All this natural beauty has long charmed mountain bikers and road cyclists alike. Veteran riders can explore the Willamette Valley’s varied landscapes for years and never get bored, and families will appreciate protected bike paths that keep kids safe all over the region. Running through it all is the 134-mile Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway—the first official scenic bikeway in the United States.

So if you’re looking to hop in the saddle soon, here’s a guide to making the most of the many cycling opportunities around the Willamette Valley.

ROAD RIDING IN THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY
We’ve gathered a few of our favorite rides that showcase wine country, charming communities, and the region's farms—along with where to rent bicycles and stay the night.
MOUNTAIN BIKING IN THE COAST RANGE AND WEST CASCADES
The Willamette Valley is bookended by a pair of mountain ranges that offer mountain bike trails through forested wilderness. Here’s how to start riding the region’s famous trails.
GRAVEL AND ROAD RIDING IN THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY AND COAST RANGE
The Willamette Valley’s lowlands are rich with low-traffic, backcountry byways, while the Coast Range offers plenty of opportunity to get off the beaten path and enjoy a mixed-terrain ride.

Planning your next two-wheeled outing around the Willamette Valley? Here’s how to get started—from where to ride to where to stay (and how to stay safe along the way).

Find your new favorite route: Whether you’ve been practicing on your Peloton or you finished a ride earlier today, you’ll find dozens of beautiful routes suited to your interests and abilities. To help you get started, we’ve loaded a few of our favorite routes into Ride With GPS, complete with overviews, turn-by-turn directions, and highlights along the way.

Wear a helmet: Cyclists 15 and younger are required to wear a helmet in Oregon. And while cyclists 16 and older aren't required to wear a helmet while riding in Oregon, wearing one can save your life. Helmets can be found at bike shops and big-box retailers throughout the Willamette Valley.

Plan ahead: Restrooms in city, county, and state parks may be closed, and other services (such as trash pick-up) may be curtailed. Plan ahead as much as possible.

COVERED BRIDGES SCENIC BYWAY
The paved, 36-mile route passes six historic covered bridges—and can easily be shortened to accommodate riders of all skill levels.
BUENA VISTA FERRY LOOP
This 25-mile backroad cycling loop includes a ride on the historic Buena Vista Ferry, passes through a brewery's hop farm, and stops at one of the region’s scenic wildlife refuges.
WILLAMETTE VALLEY SCENIC BIKEWAY
The crown jewel of the Willamette Valley’s cycling scene covers 134 miles of farms and forests, with several opportunities for shorter loops.
FIVE GREAT TRAILS FOR CYCLING WITH KIDS IN THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY
OREGON ROAD TRIP: WILLAMETTE VALLEY SCENIC BIKEWAY
TRAVEL SALEM: CYCLING RESOURCES IN THE MID-WILLAMETTE VALLEY
EUGENE, CASCADES & COAST - CYCLING AND MOUNTAIN BIKING
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