Oregon is celebrating 10 years of beautiful bike routes

Since 2009, OPRD has designated 17 Scenic Bikeways throughout Oregon, covering 1,253 miles. The Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway is famous for being the first official Scenic Bikeway in U.S., but it's more than that. The bikeway follows its namesake river as it winds through the Willamette Valley, shaped by the Coast Range to the west and the towering Cascade Mountains to the east. Over its 134 miles you’ll come to know why this valley is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the country, but you’ll also understand the natural beauty that frames and imbues the valley. 

It's also your pathway to foodie heaven, taking you through Oregon Wine Country. As you cycle the route, you can feast at organic farm stands, sip craft beer at farm-based breweries, and dine at James Beard-nominated restaurants.

Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway:
Difficulty: Moderate | Length: 134 Miles

Wind your way through the bounty of Oregon on the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway, the nation’s first scenic bikeway.

Best season: Year-round

Marche Restaurant, Eugene: Start your trip with a tasty meal in downtown Eugene. Marche offers classic farm-inspired cuisine from award-winning chef Stephanie Pearl Kimmel, all sourced from the farms surrounding the city.

Randy's Main Street Coffee, Brownsville: Stop and stretch your legs in historic Brownsville. Randy's is where the locals gather for coffee every morning, and it serves up pastries, soup and sandwiches until 3 each afternoon. Try the fresh bread baked in-house every morning by Randy himself.

Gathering Together Farm, Philomath. Detour slightly from the bikeway route for a totally-worth-it trip through Corvallis and out to Gathering Together Farms. Their on-site farm restaurant features an ever-changing menu based on what's growing in the fields. The daily fresh-baked doughnuts are divine.

Sybaris Bistro, Albany. Chef Matt Bennett is a two-time James Beard-nominee. His ever-changing menu varies with whatever is fresh and locally available, including wild-foraged ingredients. A meal at Sybaris is always a unique experience; after Matt has featured a dish once, he never repeats it.

Ankeny Vineyard, Salem. Munch on wood-fired pizza and chat with the winemaker here, while petting the friendly winery dog and enjoying views out over the Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge.

EZ Orchards, Salem. Taste Oregon's cider renaissance with a stop at EZ Orchards farm market. EZ Orchards grows their own apples and produces award-winning hard cider in the French style, plus home-made doughnuts and fresh produce.

Arcane Cellars, Salem. Take the Wheatland Ferry across the Willamette River to Arcane Cellars. Enjoy a bocce court, picnic areas, an arboretum in a beautiful, private setting along the Willamette River.

The bikeway officially ends at Champoeg State Park. Cap off your journey at Lady Hill Winery to celebrate your vistory.

Explore all Oregon's Scenic Bikeways and learn more about the program on the Travel Oregon Scenic Bikeways webpage.

Safety Tips
Please be aware that the Bikeway information here is advisory only. You assume all risks as far as the quality and accuracy of the information; in other words, you’re agreeing to use it at your own risk. Scenic Bikeway routes include roads with car and truck traffic, and are for cyclists that are comfortable riding in some amount of traffic. Cyclists must obey the rules of the road. For car-free riding, check out the Banks-Vernonia State Trail on the Tualatin Valley Bikeway and the Row River Trail section of the Covered Bridges Bikeway.

A must-know: In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle (and the same laws apply). Riding with the direction of traffic is the law; it’s also the best way to be seen by motorists.

To demonstrate the best riding etiquette and promote good relations with motorists, please ride single-file. Riding side-by-side is legal, but only if doing so does not impede traffic. Be aware that many rural roads are used daily for commerce; there’s a good chance you’ll encounter large trucks carrying oversized loads.

Never forget about drivers’ blind spots — especially when the vehicle is turning right. If you’re going straight at an intersection with stopped vehicles, pull in behind the first stopped vehicle in the lane and wait your turn to go, as if you were a motorist.

All bicycle riders in Oregon under 16 must wear a helmet.

For more information on riding safely and legally in Oregon, visit the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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