More New Scenic Bikeways!
In January 2012, the number of official Oregon Scenic Bikeways expanded to eight, with the addition of the Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway (shown in photo above) starting in Bend and the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway, starting in Cottage Grove (shown in photo below).
The Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway shows off the rugged beauty of Central Oregon, starting in picturesque Drake Park in downtown Bend and extending out through rimrock canyons and high-desert range lands, with multiple crossings of the Deschutes River along the way. It’s a great one-day ride for anyone who wants a taste of Central Oregon riding.
The Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway spotlights Lane County’s collection of covered bridges – the most of any county west of the Mississippi – as well as scenic Dorena Lake and its smooth and wide Row River Trail. The trail is a rails-to-trails conversion, and with its relatively flat profile and separation from auto traffic, it offers a great opportunity for riders of all ages and abilities to take a spin through both history and breathtaking scenery, starting from the historic downtown of Cottage Grove.
Oregon’s groundbreaking Scenic Bikeways program is the nation’s first – designating the state’s best riding routes, nominated by local proponent groups and providing detailed maps, cue sheets and route signage so that visitors and residents alike can find and enjoy our finest cycling experiences.